Through the outreach of the Eblen Charities, and partnerships with Buncombe County, Asheville City, and other local school systems, Eblen offers a number of programs to students, faculty and all involved in education. From providing breakfast, lunch, and snacks to shoes, clothing, school supplies and programs that help ensure that students will not leave school before graduation, Eblen Education is honored to work beside educators and the student lives they touch.
Eblen Charities gives out more than one million school supplies through the Ingles Tools for School Program and partnerships with WLOS, Asheville Citizen Times, iHeartMedia, Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry and Great Smiles, and Biltmore Church. School supplies are collected at the Ingles Tools for School Drive and then distributed to more than 1,400 local school children in need.
The Graduation Initiative is a unique partnership that brings together the Buncombe County School System, Buncombe County, and the Center for Social Enterprise to reach out to students in Buncombe County who may be at risk of leaving school before graduation.
Building on the successes of programs already established in the Buncombe County School System and forging new and innovative strategies and partnerships, the Graduation Initiative looks to a new frontier of ideas and methods to increase the number of students graduating from high school and ensuring a greater possibility of success in the future truly showing them that there are no limits.
Led by Buncombe County Schools Associate Superintendent. Dr. Tony Baldwin and executive director, Donna Lanahan, the Graduation Initiative brings a new vigor and commitment to the students of the Buncombe County School System and the courage to stand beside those whose future are at stake and whose futures affects us all.
The Avl Technologies / Eblen Charities All SET (Student Educational Technology) Program helps ensure that every student in Buncombe County Schools will have the ability to access the internet at home even though they may not have had it previously or presently have the internet at home. AvL Technologies, the innovative industry leader in satellite communications, and Eblen Charities have created a new partnership that will help bring online services to students in Buncombe County Schools who may not have been able to afford them.
This strategic partnership provides mobile “Homework Hotspots” for hundreds of students that connect the tablets provided to the students by Buncombe County Schools and can only be used only for specific programs and educational content that is approved by the school system.
The All SET program will be instrumental in closing the “homework gap” that students face without having internet access at home. At the grade levels where students are taking devices home, All Set will allow teachers to know that students can complete assignments at home, allow every student to have the same access as their classmates, and keep them more engaged.
The Williams/Baldwin Teacher Campus is a unique partnership that helps bring and retain quality teachers to our community first opened its doors to a waiting list of educators in the spring of 2017.
The Williams-Baldwin Teacher Campus, a 24 unit apartment complex provides two bedroom/two 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 and Buddy and Rosa Lee Baldwin, area educators that have impacted countless lives in our community and across the nation.
The Williams-Baldwin Teacher Campus is a partnership between Buncombe County , the State Employee’s Credit Union, Buncombe County Schools, Asheville City Schools, Eblen Charities, and the Eblen Center for Social Enterprise and is located across Eblen Intermediate and Erwin High School.
Buncombe County/Eblen Charities Emergency Assistance Partnership is much like our original Emergency Assistance Program the Buncombe County/Eblen Charities Emergency Assistance Partnership provides assistance to families in short-term financial crisis due to unusual circumstances. This program is in conjunction with the Work First Program and is open for families with children who have at least one parent employed. The program pays for utility deposits, rent, electricity, gas and water.
The Ingles and Eblen Charities Food for Thought program works within the local school systems to provide snacks for local children who are not able to bring a snack to school. Operating under the premise that children cannot learn if they are hungry, this partnership serves hundreds of children each year. Thanks to our partners tens of thousands of snacks will be provided to local children at no cost who may not be able to bring snacks to school.