Category Archives: News

Eleventh Annual Eblen / Buncombe County Schools Building Future Builders Camps a Tremendous Success

Many thanks to everyone who made the 11th Annual Eblen / Buncombe County Schools Building Future Builders Camps at A-B Tech another tremendous success as more than 70 rising 9th graders from Buncombe County, Asheville City, and Madison County attended the Construction, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), Culinary, and Advanced Manufacturing camps. Thanks to Buncombe County Commissioners Joe Belcher and Robert Pressley and Buncombe County School Board Chairman Ann Franklin for joining us at the commencement luncheon. Special thanks … Continue reading

WICKED WEED HELP AT HOME CONTINUES TO PROVIDE RELIEF FROM RECORD TEMPERATURES

TEMPERATURES BRING MORE CALLS FOR RELIEF FROM THE HEAT On With summer beginning last Thursday, we are already seeing record temperatures beginning to rise and expected to continue for the next few months. Once again the Eblen Cooling Assistance Project through the Wicked Weed Help at Home Emergency Assistance Project is providing assistance to those who are battling the heat. As the temperatures rise so has the number of requests have been coming in to the Eblen Charities Waddell Client … Continue reading

In The News: ELEVENTH ANNUAL BUILDING FUTURE BUILDERS CAMPS BEGIN THIS WEEK AT A-B TECH

This week our highly anticipated Building Future Builders Camps open the doors for the ninth year as it returns to the main campus of the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Beginning next Wednesday, June 20th and running through Friday, June 22nd the camps will once again provide a first look into the fields of construction, advanced manufacturing, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and culinary arts. Founded by Joe Kimmel, Building Future Builders works to provide and enhance opportunities for students who are … Continue reading

ARBY’S / EBLEN JOYFULL HOLIDAYS AT HOME CONTINUES SUMMER PROGRAM TO BATTLE CHILDHOOD HUNGER IN WNC

Summer vacation is the time of year that most students look forward to as homework, tests, and classes give way to sleeping late, swimming, and relaxing days in the sun. But for far too many students, summer vacation means only one thing and that is the fear that they will not have enough to eat during their time away from school. One in five children in our community struggle with hunger each day and many times the meals they receive … Continue reading

Eblen Archives:Eblen Leaves Huge Legacy, Better WNC Editorial Asheville Citizen-Times May 14, 2013

Editorial Asheville Citizen-Times May 14, 2013 What do you say about a man who gave much of his time and much of his money making his community a better place to live? Here’s what some people said about Joe Eblen, who died Saturday at age 87: “He’s touched countless lives, and he eased the burden of so many in our community. It’s certainly a very sad time.” — Bill Murdock, executive director of Eblen Charities. “He was just a great … Continue reading

WILLIAMS / BALDWIN TEACHER CAMPUS CELEBRATES ITS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

It was just a year ago that our community came together to create a unique partnership that helped bring and retained quality teachers to our community as it opened its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Williams-Baldwin Teacher Campus, a 24 unit apartment complex now provides newly constructed 2 bedroom/2 bath apartments for approximately $915 a month for teachers in the Buncombe County and Asheville City School Systems. The campus is named in honor of Roy and Wanda Williams … Continue reading

More Utility Assistance Arrives Thanks to Buncombe County Health and Human Services

This past week the tireless staff and volunteers of Eblen Charities received some wonderful and welcome news. After such a long and cold winter in which Eblen severed a record number of families for heating, utility, and housing assistance among a great many of other programs Eblen was notified that an additional funds have been reallocated from other counties to Buncombe County and given to Eblen to continue to reach out to the families we serve through the Crisis Intervention … Continue reading

HIT THE ROAD WITH EBLEN CHARITIES AS NEW LICENSE PLATE PROGRAM BEGINS TO HELP THOSE IN NEED

If you are looking for an easy way to join Eblen Charities and reach out and help those in need in our community, look no further. It is as easy as 1-2-3…4 and getting behind the wheel of your car. Eblen Charities has started a new new fund-raising campaign that will not only help touch the lives tens of thousands of children, adults, and families but will give those who are part of Eblen a chance to show their support. … Continue reading

Dr. Mae Jemison to Speak at Keller Williams -Avadim Technologies – Andrew Institute Leadercast Friday

On Friday, May 4th Keller Williams Realty, Avadim Technologies, and the Andrew Institute for Leadership and Public Service will again be bringing some of the finest voices of leadership in the world to western North Carolina for the Seventh Annual Leadercast at Biltmore Church in south Asheville. This year, the day long event will again be broadcast from Atlanta and will feature nine of the world’s most influential leaders. This year’s speakers include: Mae Jemison – Physician, Engineer, and Astronaut … Continue reading

COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER AS EBLEN SETS UP FUND TO ASSIST FAMILY IN THE WAKE OF TRAGIC SHOOTING

No matter what differences we may have here in western North Carolina there is one thing we know without any doubt, and that is they mean very little when situations arise that calls us all to come together. And sadly that happened once again the evening of April 18th as Erica Smith and two of her children 15 year old Keithan Whitmire and 13 year old Harmony Smith were shot and killed at home and three of Erica’s other children … Continue reading