September 2022 

Kindness in Action

It's not every day that I get to interact with a celebrity, but Deputy Kora is definitely my favorite one so far! Pictured here in one of her costumes, she's going to be at our Walk, Run or Roll 5K in October! The funds we raise at this event will help us serve our neighbors with essential needs. 

One of those needs is heating, and as the temperatures start to drop, we're gearing up to keep our neighbors warm. We'll be giving coats, scarves, hats and other winter clothing items away on October 18, 19 & 20 at 52 Westgate Parkway in Asheville. Read on to learn more about our work and the impact of the increased costs of heating oil, kerosene and wood as we work to help our community members stay warm. 

Anyone is welcome to come pick out coats, scarves, hats, boots and other winter items at our Winter Clothing Giveaway on October 18, 19 and 20th. If you'd like to volunteer at this event please sign up here!

Eblen Charities Events 

2022 Parade of Homes

Thanks to our friends at Buchanan Construction we'll be at this year's Parade of Homes

Happening October 8, 9, 15th and 16th, we'll be at The Sanctuary at Crest Mountain from 11- 5 every day. We're selling raffle tickets for a beautiful handmade porch swing (the winner gets to pick out finishes and its fully installed) and all proceeds will come to our work!

The tour is free to attend.

Would you like to help us staff this event by volunteering your time? Sign up here to volunteer!

Thanks to recent volunteers groups!

Our nonprofit organization is stronger because of our amazing community volunteers. We're grateful to 

Asheville Hotel Group

The Asheville School

Christ School

Kimmel and Associates

Walk, Run or Roll for Eblen!

Come on out to get some exercise and see people and pups in costume! Join us at our Walk, Roll or Run Fun Run 5 K in Saturday October 29, 2022 at Carrier Park in AshevilleRegister by October 7 to guarantee a t-shirt.  

Everyone is encouraged to participate in costume and (well behaved) dogs are especially welcome - every dog will receive a treat from Woof Gang Bakery! All human participants will be entered into a series of raffle prizes (must be present to win). We'll use the funds raised to serve our neighbors with essential needs from eyeglasses to heating oil.


Thank you to sponsors

Brumit Restaurant Group

Blue Ridge Orthodontics

Carland & Anderson CPA

Dave & Peggy White

First Citizens Bank

Gillepsie Dental Associates

Kimmel and Associates

McKinney Insurance

Pepsi Co.

Roberts & Stevens LLC

Robby and Michelle Russell

Rye Knot

SanStone Health and Rehabilitation

StoneCreek Health and Rehabilitation

The Lodge at Mills River Health and Rehabilitation

White Insurance

Thank you to In-Kind sponsors! 

All Dog Printing



Foot RX


Feet Fleet

Luella’s Barbeque

Mast General Store


Rye Knot

Jus’ running

Woof Gang Bakery


If you'd like to become a sponsor please contact Kathy Soule.


How we help when it gets cold

We noted the transition from summer to fall partly because of the drop in temperature! Cold temperatures can cause big problems for our neighbors, especially those living on a low income. Extreme cold can be deadly for people .

For perspective, we looked at heating costs 1 year ago and compared it to today’s cost. In 2021, 100 gallons of delivered kerosene cost $345.19. Today the same amount is $560. Last year, a delivery of 100 gallons of heating oil was $340.15 – that same delivery costs $510.28 today. You don’t have to be a financial expert to see that jump in costs and how it affects people with low incomes.

We've also seen a sharp increase in requests for help. Eblen Charities Director of Operations, and veteran staff member Susan Riddle said, “I looked at the number of requests we had this period last year and compared with this year’s requests – and it was alarming. In 2021, we had 34 people apply for assistance between July 1 and September 20th, and helped them with an average of $246.08 of financial assistance per request. For the same period this year, we’ve already had 139 households apply with an average of $442.60 of financial help per application. To date, we haven’t received more public funds to help address this sharp increase in the costs of fuel and the number of people who need help staying warm. It's concerning to think about the number of elders and parents with small children who need help – and it hasn’t even gotten very cold yet”.

We serve our neighbors through our CIP (Crisis Intervention Program, a federally funded program through our partnership with Buncombe County Health and Human Services), but to date there has been no increase in funding. You can help by donating here

We are also preparing to giveaway winter clothing like coats, scarves, hats, gloves, and boots to our neighbors. People can come October 18, 19 and 20th starting at 9:30 AM to pick out winter clothing. No pre-registration is required.

We're excited to partner with Bold Rock Asheville! On October 14th, they are donating $1.00 per pour to our work from every drink - all day! Thank you Bold Rock! Come on out, have a drink and support Eblen Charities' work. 

Every year the Smoky Mountain Toy Run raises funds and holiday gifts in support of our St. Nicholas Project. This motorcycle parade collects funds and toys to help make sure that children can have a holiday gift no matter their family's financial situation. 

This year's Toy Run is November 5th, 2022. People can be a Santa's Important Person (SIP) -  SIPS will get reserved parking, special goodies and get to lead the participants on the way to down Asheville. 

To learn more or become a SIP, click here and if you'd like to donate to our St. Nicholas Project, please click here

Meet John Bates

John is our Client Services Supervisor, and we recently asked him to share a bit about himself. “I’m a retired military veteran, and besides working with Eblen I also work for the Board of Elections. I love photography, writing, the outdoors, and bowling.

I earned my BSW from Mars Hill University, and first came to Eblen as an intern. I’ve been with Eblen for more than 6 years in several roles - now I'm the Client Services Supervisor.

I do everything from triage every referral we get to keep people from a greater crisis, to training and coaching our staff and ensuring we meet all federal and state guidelines while expediting resources for our clients.

I work here because I like the aspect of coaching people through a crisis. We help people who are at the crossroads of a crisis through to the other end, and hopefully into a better spot.

We're glad John is here to help!

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