Last year, volunteers gave over 4700 hours of service to Eblen Charities! That would be equivalent to $140,824.90 in payroll dollars and and a major savings to Eblen! We could not serve the thousands of people without the help of our faithful volunteers who assist with fundraising events like the annual golf tournament and the Spring coat drive, answering phones, filing, warehouse organization and special assistance programs like the St Nicholas project and Tools for Schools. There are many ways YOU can be apart of the mission of Eblen Charities.
Volunteers play a big role in the success of the programs at Eblen. Thanks to the McMinns, we have a vibrant group of volunteers today! Ray and Mary Ann retired 15 years ago and were looking for something meaningful to do with their time. A friend of theirs, Bill Waddell, had already joined Eblen in his retirement. Mary Ann spoke with him one day at church to ask what kinds of things she might be able to do at Eblen. He welcomed them to come and “hang around” and see how they might fit in. That’s what they did. It wasn’t long before Mary Ann began to realize that an organized volunteer program would be a great benefit to Eblen but there was no one to coordinate it. Therefore, the volunteer program was born. Mary Ann became the volunteer coordinator and Ray, one of the first volunteers (Ann Buckner was THE first as she had done the same thing and been “hanging around” the file room for a time). Mary Ann has often used the line from, Field of Dreams, “if you build it, they will come” and that is exactly what happened. Eblen now has hundreds of people volunteering in various ways from office assistance to special events.
For more information, contact Jennifer at [email protected].