Eblen Charities Newsletter: Tools for Schools Special Edition
It’s no secret that many of our WNC neighbors are struggling. Our region has grappled with the highest cost of living in the state for years.
We’ve all seen the higher-than-normal costs at the grocery store and the gas station. It leads to hard decisions - do I buy medication or food? Do we buy gasoline, or the school supplies our children need? There are no good choices in this scenario.
Eblen is here to help when times are tough with practical solutions that make a real difference. We’re gearing up for our annual school supply drive in partnership with Ingles Markets, to collect new schools supplies for our community – which we’ll distribute later in the month to people in need.
Read this month’s edition to learn more about what we are working on – and how you can help.
Eblen Charities 2021 Annual Impact Report
We’re grateful for your support of Eblen Charities and are excited to share our digital version of the 2021 Annual Impact Report with you, our newsletter subscribers.

Read all about how we helped our community together in 2021.
Ingles / Eblen Charities
Tools for Schools
Wednesday, August 10th - 7 a.m. - 6p.m.
Ingles at 151 Smokey Park Hwy

On Wednesday, August 10th, we will begin preparing for the 2022-2023 school year with the annual Ingles Tools for Schools Supply Drive in Partnership with Eblen Charities.

We welcome our partners Asheville Citizen-Times, WLOS-TV, and iHeart Radio with boxes supplied by Two Men and a Truck. This drive brings the community together to stand beside the students, teachers, school administration, staff, and parents in helping make sure that students who cannot afford the proper school supplies will have what they need for a successful school year.
Some of the items needed are:
Book bags, Earbuds, Wide/College Ruled Paper, Composition Notebooks, Mechanical Pencils, Pens: black, blue and red, Colored Pencils, Pencils, Pencil Sharpeners, Pencil Boxes, Markers, Glue Sticks/Glue, Highlighters, 3 Ring Binders, Index Cards, Folders, Crayons, Erasers, Scissors, Graph Paper, Dividers and more.
How you can help:
The Ingles Tools for Schools Supply Drive will be collecting school supplies at its newest location, the Ingles on Smokey Park Hwy. in Asheville, as well as have collection carts inside Ingles Markets stores. Monetary donations can be made using your cellphone by texting STUDENT to 345345 or online at eblencharities.org.

If you or your company or organization would like to join us in providing needed school supplies to the children we serve, please contact Kathy Soule at ksoule@eblencharities.org

You can also shop from our amazon wishlist
How you can receive assistance: The school supplies will be distributed via online signups on the Eblen Charities website. The distribution will take place on Wednesday, August 24th at at 52 Westgate in the Westgate Shopping Center. The Ingles Vaccination Project and Buncombe County Health Department will be on site at the distribution to help families who are in need of required student immunizations or kindergarten physicals. Families can sign up via the signup link when registering their children for school supplies
Help us get the word out!

Getting the word out can be more help than you would believe!

Included below are images that you can find on our social media, and in stores
We have made them available here so you can download them to share online or print them out for your use.
Say Hello to Julie Johnson!
A Short and Sweet Q&A with one of Eblen's long time unsung heroes behind the scenes
Tell us about yourself?
My name is Julie Johnson and my husband, Sammy and I have been in Asheville for 35 years. We raised our two sons here and now have a wonderful daughter-in- law, an almost daughter-in-law and our first grandchild, Forest. I love being outdoors nd enjoying this beautiful area we are blessed to call home.

What do you do for Eblen?
I began volunteering at Eblen five years ago and shortly after became the Project Coordinator. I assist with the Eblen events as well as various other tasks in the office.

Why Eblen?
The people at Eblen Charities truly have a heart for the people we serve in Buncombe County. I enjoy working with them and so many in our community to make a little difference for someone in need.

Fun Fact:
I hate running but checked a 10k and a 5k off my bucket list! I have orange blood....
Go Tigers!

Thank you, Julie!
Eblen Charities Fall Golf
Save the Date! October 31st
For more information contact Kathy Soule at ksoule@eblencharities.org
Eblen Charities FANtastic Fan Project
So far, we have already given out 2 full orders of fans to folks in need, and it's only the start of August!
If you’d like to help us keep our neighbors cool this summer, visit this link to help!
Funding Approval
We were thrilled that our Eblen Charities Housing Stabilization request for COVID recovery funds from Buncombe County was approved. We'll use this to keep people in housing - and we were happy to see that a lot of other nonprofit agencies doing important and necessary work in our community will also be receiving funds.

read the story here
Eblen Charities Americorps Position
Do you have a passion for helping people in our community? Are you (or someone you know) looking for real life experience serving through a nonprofit? Maybe this opportunity is what you've been looking for! Eblen Charities is looking for an AmeriCorps member this year in partnership with ProjectPower AmeriCorps - learn more here
Moonshine, Motors
& Outlaw Music
Friday, September 9th
at Elevated Mountain Distilling Company inn Maggie Valley NC
Proceeds go to Helping Haywood and Eblen Charities.

"Let's come together as a community and help raise donations for a great cause while enjoying your Friday night with the best music that Maggie Valley has seen in a long time, featuring Country Legend Whey Jenn."

Visit the official site for details and tickets here
Helpful Resources
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Susan Riddle
Operations Director sriddle@eblencharities.org
Kathy Soule
Development & Events Director
Julie Johnson
Project Coordinator
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Contact Volunteer Coordinator
Mary Ann McMinn
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