You may have seen the news that after 20 years of administering the LIEAP, CIP and EA programs on behalf of the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services, we are transitioning these 3 programs back to the County.

Our small staff, combined with some of the logistical challenges of being a subcontractor rather than a government agency, has made it difficult to keep up with the increased demand for these services from our neighbors. We believe that this transition will be the best choice for our county residents who need the assistance of these programs.

We have been honored to work with BCHHS over the years and have built strong relationships with so many of our community members and fellow nonprofit organizations through distributing these funds.

We know that this is a change for the community who are accustomed to coming to Eblen Charities to have their energy needs fulfilled. We expect this shift of services, once complete, will greatly benefit county residents in need, and we are assisting the County with the transition to make it as seamless as possible.

Eblen Charities is not going anywhere. We continue to offer our other services – like the upcoming Thanksgiving meal giveaway to 800 families, our annual St. Nicholas Toy Store for children and teens in our community, and our recent Winter clothing giveaway to over 1,600 people – to care for our neighbors living in and at the edge of poverty. We are actively helping with gasoline assistance to job interviews and medical appointments, and helping school age children have shoes and clothing.

Eblen Charities staff and Board of Directors will be working on the vision and direction of our work for the future, as we take this opportunity to assess needs in our community, and our work to solves crises for our neighbors.

If you have thoughts about this, or questions about this announcement, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. And if you’d like to support our work, please consider making a donation at this link. As always, all funds will stay right here in our community, helping our neighbors through difficult times.

This year's Toy Run raised close to $20,000 and collected

750 toys for the St. Nick Project!

Thank you!

With the help of our sponsors, Eblen provided 800 turkeys with all the fixings to our neighbors needing a little extra help for Thanksgiving.

The Toy Run, Ingles Magical Toy Drive and our Saint Nicholas sponsors help us ensure that kids and teens in our community can have holiday gifts regardless of their family's financial situation. Parents and guardians can shop for new toys, books, clothing, electronic items and more. You can make sure a local child has a magical holiday by making a donation or sending something from one of our gift registries.

We also give books to each child so your donation of new or gently used books are happily accepted. Check this amazon wish list to make your book shopping easier.

Jubilee & LaZoom to Benefit Eblen

Jubilee is hosting the LaZoom bus to carry folks around Asheville to sing Christmas carols and bring holiday cheer to shut-ins and others on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Meet at the Rainbow Middle School at 5:45 to load up. Cost is $25 and 100% of the proceeds will go to Eblen's heating assistance program. A sell out would be about $750 for Eblen.

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Your help is appreciated! We hope you will consider supporting Eblen by making a gift, giving your time and skills as a volunteer, or having your company sponsor one of our events. Click here to learn more.

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