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25 Years of Service

ONLINE NEWS FROM BLUFFTON SELF HELP SPRING 2013

“FOUNDED IN 1988 TO HELP BLUFFTON NEIGHBORS IN CRITICAL NEED OF SHORT

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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AND CLOTHING, WHILE SUPPORTING

DRIVING FOR FOOD

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THEM TO BECOME MORE SELF-RELIANT “

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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STORIES OF HOPE

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BOARD SPOTLIGHT

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TERM FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, FOOD

In this issue we honor our volunteers and supporters for 25 years of caring service

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

DRIVING FOR FOOD

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Lili Coleman Executive Director Bluffton Self Help

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ometimes we think we are invincible. We do everything right. Plan until we can’t plan anymore and still, we are not in control. That’s what happened with the Red Apron Chili Cookoff event. Despite the rain, enthusiastic chili chefs never lost their passion for cooking fabulous chili!

Despite the rainy and wet weather, all the cooks showed up with enthusiasm, the bands played their hearts out and the chefs from the plantations and restaurants stirred their pots of chili to compete in People’s Choice. It didn’t matter. The weather controlled

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the day. The proceeds were less than hoped because spectators did not come out in the rain. The bad weather provided a reality check. It helped me identify with those we seek to serve. Some things are just out of our control. A mother gets her kids off to school, rushes into work to put in as many hours as possible before the kids return from school. All is going well, bills are paid, until one of the children gets sick. The mother can’t leave the child home alone. She has to use her income to take the child to the doctor, or worse, the hospital. It’s all down hill from there. This is when a family faces a financial crisis and needs assistance. Life brings surprises, challenges and, if we are fortunate, great opportunities. We have the chance to make a difference

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and assist our neighbors. Make a donation, support the Postal Service Food Drive on May 11th, drop off food or clothing seasonally, and advocate for Bluffton Self Help by letting your friends and neighbors know, that yes, poverty and hunger does exist in the Lowcountry. Together we can all weather those cloudy, rainy days. Then, we will smile when the sunshine brightens our spirits and a neighbor reaches out with a helping hand, providing hope for the future.

PS. Beginning this month on our website, we can accept Recurring Monthly Gifts through PayPal’s secure site. This a great option for our supporters who want to make their monthly donation convenient and simple. Click here to learn more.

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It takes a community to keep

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People visiting Bluffton Self Help on food

distribution days are permitted to obtain food twice a week. Four food distributions are offered weekly; Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays 10 am to noon and Wednesday afternoons 4 to 6 pm. Considering that Bluffton Self Help serves about 400-500 people a week, that’s a lot of food! So, where does the food comes from?

Local Boy Scouts collect 120 bags of food from Woodbridge and Island West!

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driving for food Second Helpings

Second Helpings is a group of volunteers who travel daily to grocery stores, and restaurants to collect donated food. They deliver to Bluffton Self Help and a number of other non-profit agencies daily, sometimes twice a day. Most often the food donated includes bread, sweets, produce and meat, and occasionally milk and/or eggs. Food distribution to our clients depends largely on what’s on the truck each day.

McCracken School girls display their donations

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Without the Second Helpings volunteers, our search for food would be so much greater. This is the lifeblood of the food supply distributed at Bluffton Self Help! And a special thanks to all those grocery stores and restaurants that donate these items!

neighborhoods and individuals who drive up to the back of the building, open their trunk and give food. Some groups hear about the needs and host a food drive. Other organizations host drives on a regular basis.

Food Drives

The busiest time of the year is during the holidays when Bluffton Self Help is the fortunate recipient of a constant stream of food donations. After the holidays food donations dwindle. With about

Clients also receive five canned or boxed goods per visit. These items come to us through the generosity of churches, organizations, plantations, Berkeley ladies deliver three carloads of food!

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Thanks Lowcountry Presbyterian Church!

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2,000 cans or boxes distributed weekly, supplies deplete quickly. Our largest food drive is the upcoming Postal Service Annual Food Drive “Stamp Out Hunger” on Saturday, May 11. Local USPS letter carriers collect food left at mailboxes by members of our community. Depending on what’s collected on that one day, Bluffton Self Help’s food pantry may or may not have enough food to last until the holiday season. A BIG thank you to all who donate to these drives or take the time to buy and bring food for the clients.

Low Country Food Bank

Bluffton Self Help was approved to purchase food from the Lowcountry Food Bank branch in Yemassee. Part of Feeding America, the Food Bank obtains their food from the larger Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston. Bluffton Self Help can buy three types of food from them: QQ

regular food bought in big quantities for 30 percent lower than in a grocery store.

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canned and boxed goods donated to the food bank--mixed boxes for $.18 a pound...a VERY good deal!

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in spring and summer the food bank partners with local farmers and buys fresh produce at a cost of $.10 a pound. Last year Bluffton Self Help clients received plentiful amounts of potatoes, okra and squash and most recently, sweet potatoes.

Help’s number one purchaser at Low Country Food Bank traveled to Yemassee and bought $3,100 worth of “retail” food for $319! But that was all gone in a week! We could not exist without any of these John Orth & Peter Bromley unload three sources of food from Lowcountry Food Bank food. We are grateful and thankful for you all, but more importantly, for the consistent service to our clients in need. ■

The Lowcountry Food Bank has helped Bluffton Self Help get through those “in-between” times when food drives are minimal and the food pantry runs low. Last week John Orth, Bluffton Self

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To learn more, please visit: Second Helpings P.O. Box 23621, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925 Phone: 843-689-3689 (877-286-FOOD) www.secondhelpingslc.org Lowcountry Food Bank 1 Guess Rd Yemassee, SC 29945 Phone: (843) 589-4118 www.lowcountryfoodbank.org

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“This is Ida Martin’s pet project. She truly cares about our children and she wants to make sure they enjoy the festivities of this special holiday,” said Mary Falvo.

Bringing Easter Joy to Area Children

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gain this Easter, women from Colleton River Plantation and Berkeley Hall delivered over 200 Easter baskets to BSH for distribution to area children. These Easter offerings all began with a dedicated volunteer couple from Colleton River Plantation. A few years ago, Tony Falvo read to children at Michael C. Riley Elementary School, After one Easter holiday he asked one of the little girls how her Easter went. She said, shyly chewing on her sweater, “I didn’t even get a chocolate egg.” “This broke our hearts,“ said Mary Falvo, who led the effort. “I contacted Ida Martin and the Easter basket program was launched in Colleton River. The ladies who purchase the baskets and goodies, love the program. Our hearts are touched by the smiles we know will be on these children’s faces.”

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The lucky kids were from Ida Martin’s church Campbell Chapel AME Church and St. John Baptist Church, as well as those who attended the Second Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt in the Sam Bennett Sports Complex. In the last couple of years, Denise Frame wanted to make sure there were enough baskets and led the charge for women in Berkeley Hall Plantation to also participate. “It was a group effort by the women,” said Frame. “We enjoy this because we know we will be bringing joy to the children of Bluffton who might not otherwise celebrate the Easter Holiday like other children.” Decorated with colored fans, bunny ears, chocolate bunny statuettes and appropriate toys, these baskets won the hearts of

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Lili Coleman and Mary Falvo with just a few of the 200 Easter Baskets donated this year from the ladies of Colleton and Berkeley Hall.

the community leaders hosting the children events. “I am so surprised every year by the generosity of these women,” said Sharon Brown, part of the Bluffton Area Community Association Community Initiative. “This is Ida Martin’s pet project. She truly cares about our children and she wants to make sure they enjoy the festivities of this special holiday,” said Mary Falvo. Whew, less work for the Easter Bunny. The children say thank you to the residents of Colleton River and Berkeley Hall Plantations! ■

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

VOLUNTEERING BRINGS JOY & FRIENDSHIP

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ven Ida Martin couldn’t hold on to her shoes,” laughed Edna Green and Lillie Mae Brown, two longterm volunteers at Bluffton Self Help.

They remember one of their early volunteering days when Mrs. Martin, because of tired and sore feet, kicked off her shoes, only to have to run after a client to retrieve them. The client thought they were up for grabs and free like all the other clothes.

population growth in Bluffton and the emphasis on self-help in the mission of Bluffton Self Help. This is a term both of these women are very familiar with, selfhelp and giving back. Today, both of these volunteers continue to give back to their community by volunteering every Thursday in the clothing sorting room. Green has been volunteering for 11 years and Brown for 23 years.

Both of these women are also critical on Thursdays because they, along with Janice Hall, another long-term volunteer; pack up the food for the 20 to 24 shut-ins, mostly “Today, both of these volunteers continue to give back to their elderly home-bound women community by volunteering every Thursday in the clothing prep who receive food every room. Green has been volunteering for 11 years and Brown for Thursday after the Second Helpings Truck brings the 23 years.” donations for the day. Lili Coleman, Ex.ecutive Director “Mrs. Martin always had a happy spirit,“ said Edna in a robust, affectionate manner. “She would tell the people to take what they need, there were no real limits.” Today there are limits because of the

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“When I met Lillie and found out what day she worked I announced I wanted to work with her,” said Green. The two women, over the years have forged a strong friendship and do things together outside volunteering at Bluffton Self Help.

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“We have been supporting Mrs. Martin for a long time because she has always helped people in the community,” said Brown in her softspoken and hushed voice.

Lillie Mae Brown (l) with friend Edna Green (r)

Both of these women have moved from previous locations to the current location in Sheridan Park, following the agency along its growth path over the past 25 years. When asked if they would change anything, they shook their heads no. Green did say though that she would like to see services extended to Jasper County, where she lives. “There is so much poverty there,” said Green. Currently free food and clothing, plus financial assistance is offered to residents of Bluffton. Perishable food and bread in the center aisle after food distribution are open to anyone who needs it living outside Bluffton. The only requirement is to account for the weight of items exiting the building. “Lillie is a sweetheart, and we work well together,” said Green. Brown agreed and said she looks forward to her Thursdays when she joins Green at Bluffton Self Help. ■

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Back in January, our friend JOE NIX from Nix Construction organized the Sixth Annual Ride Across South Carolina bicycle tour. He generated a lot of financial support from a load of folks, got the wheels spinning, and raised money for Bluffton Self Help - these cyclists rode about 225 miles across South Carolina! Way to go, Joe and pals!!! www.blufftonselfhelp.org | 843 757 8000

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SPECIAL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

ABC MOTORS & MARINE

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Motors and Marine, owned by Chris Bright, CEO, has introduced the board and staff to a new and creative way to use the Internet to raise funds to support the agency’s programs and services. And, they contacted Bluffton Self Help through Bluffton Self Help’s Facebook page, proof of the power of social marketing.

with a 100 percent approval rate on eBay, this company’s “Platinum” rating demonstrates they are a reputable company to deal with.

Originally known as “Mission Fish” the eBay program now named Giving Works offers on-line sellers like ABC Motors and Marine a way to “eBay Giving Works makes it possible for a nonprofit to harness donate to worthy non profit the incredible fundraising potential held by billions of dollars in organizations directly while trade that takes place each year in the worlds largest e-commerce selling their products on eBay. platform.” The statement on ebay’s website. To date, the partnership which started in the fall of 2012 with ABC Motors & Marine has resulted in about $1,000 in income, with much potential for growth. “We are about to really launch this program in the next month, “ said Rob McCaw, the sales and marketing manager at ABC Motors and Marine. McCaw is the lead person who posts all boats and parts being sold on eBay. In addition he produces banner ads, marketing materials and keeps a pulse on the company’s advertising efforts. Surrounded by three monitors, one of which is logged onto the Bluffton Self Help website, McCaw can post and watch the activity of the business. And,

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“We invite anyone who has a gentlyused boat just sitting around to call us and we can pick the boat up and sell it for parts, explained McCaw. “Those boat parts all add up to a percentage donation to Bluffton Self Help.” In addition, McCaw points out the recycling of the boat and parts keeps them out of landfill.” He went on to say that sometimes a person has a gently-used boat for some reason they are not using. They don’t want to give it away but aren’t quite sure what to do next. ABC Motors and Marine can sell that boat if the person has clear title and all or part of the proceeds will be designated to BSH. [ continued on next page ]

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ABC MOTORS, CONTINUED “Of course, to make it worth our time,” explained McCaw, “ the boat has to have some salvageable value. We have some big boats out there to benefit Bluffton Self Help.”

and employees helped by Bluffton Self Help. “Bluffton Self Help recycles clothing and keeps food from being tossed out. We are both in the recycling business.”

“There is so much money just laying out there in yards and under trees,” said McCaw. “They have some value in the steel, the rubber and parts. Instead of letting it sit there just dripping oil, we need to recycle them.”

“The test of a true partnership is when each party contributes value.“ said McCaw. He not only contributes funds through the eBay Giving Works program but he also cross promotes events and programs offered by Bluffton Self Help.

Why Bluffton Self Help as the benefactor of all this? McCaw said he has had friends

ABC Motors and Marine hopes to have a long and prosperous relationship

with Bluffton Self Help. The company is located in Hardeeville, one mile east of Interstate 95 at Exit #5. For more information contact McCaw at www. abcmotorsonline.com or call 843-7845797. They buy, sell, trade, consign boats, autos and trailers and boast to have over 3,500 pre-owned marine parts for both import and export boats worldwide. Who’s joined the eBay giving program? The Red Cross, The Humane Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network, and the list goes on. ■

FOUNDER Ida Martin BOARD OF DIRECTORS president Tray Hunter vice president John Orth secretary Cindy Taulbee treasurer Jean Andersen PAST-PRESIDENT Peter Bromley FUNDRAISING chair: Doug Adamson MARKETING CHAIR: Christine Loeffler Mario Dorio-Medina

MindStream alumnus Kris joins Katie Couric to discuss his success during and after his time at the school. See video online..

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MindStream Academy, founded in 2010 and located in Bluffton, is a boarding school for children who come here from all over the country. It is a therapeutic coed boarding program that is focused on helping teens achieve a healthy weight, get fit and build self-esteem. The staff from the Academy approached Bluffton Self Help with a special need. The children who attend the Academy learn about fitness, nutrition and attend culinary classes. As a result, they lose a substantial amount of weight and need new clothing. Bluffton Self Help provides the academy with their own SWIPE CARD for the use of these children. They are able to obtain clothing that now fits their new bodies. MindStream Academy has received national media coverage for the changes they are making in the lives of these children. We are proud to dress these children with your generous clothing donations. Keep them coming.

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Sandra Graves Bob Hodges Allen Kupfer Nick Scheller BSH STAFF exec director Lili Coleman asst director Julie Del Guercio OPERATIONS COORDINATOR Kelli Normoyle VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR Nancy Meyer

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HOT OFF THE PRESSES...

“Taste of the Season” now Available!

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ith one year of hard work, dedication and love for “gifts from the kitchen” Palmetto Women’s Group, comprised of 95 women, have created a beautifully illustrated cookbook. Hot off the press is “Taste of the Season” Cookbook and the proceeds are designated to Bluffton Self Help.

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The cookbook took over one year to produce, and includes photos that elegantly display the results. The recipes were photographed with the cover art by Marge Agin, a well-respected photographer and a member of the Women of Palmetto Bluff.

Backaus fronted the funds for the first press run of 1,500 copies and “We are very proud to support Bluffton Self Help with our more than 1,000 were pre-sold Women of Palmetto Cookbook,” said Margie Backaus, before the cookbook was off editor of the project. “It seems only fitting that we share the press. The results, over our cherished family recipes to support an outstanding $10,000 raised for BSH. organization that serves our local families everyday.” These recipes, from Palmetto Bluff residents, reflect the flavors and tastes of the entire United States since the residents living in the Bluff come from all over the country. Over 500 recipes were submitted for inclusion, with 100 making the final cut.

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“We are excited to be the recipient of this wonderful effort,” said Lili Coleman, executive director. “I personally love cookbooks and was excited to see recipies I have never seen before that offer healthy choices in a mouth-watering presentation reflecting the culture and interests of such elegant women.”

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Palmetto Bluff residents have been very supportive of Bluffton Self Help by participating in food drives, local events and volunteering. “When we learned of this project, we waited in anticipation and we are extremely pleased with the end [ continued on next page ] result,” said Coleman.

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Not only has the cookbook been well accepted by the Palmetto Bluff community but wedding planners have purchased copies for bridal gifts, real estate agencies as house warming gifts and the gift shop in Palmetto Bluff Village offers the cookbook among its local items for tourist to purchase as souvenirs. Bluffton Self Help was chosen as one of three charities selected on an annual basis. Backaus explained that the selection is based on effectiveness at a local level, need, and knowledge plus support of the membership group. “We have been very fortunate to be among the charities supported by the residents of Palmetto Bluff,” said Coleman. Last year, Bluffton Self Help and the Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton were the recipients of $37,000 raised through the Palmetto Bluff Coastal Living Style Home. One of the club member’s husbands purchased 68 copies to be sold at the Bluffton Self Help offices. The cookbooks sell for $14.99 each. ■

The Women of Palmetto Bluff present:

Palmetto Bluff a matter of taste

(All book proceeds will benefit Bluffton Self Help)

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Purchase price: $14.99 each We have a couple hundred books left in our first edition. If you would like to purchase one or several cookbooks, please contact Lili Coleman via email, or give us a call at (843) 757-8000. We will promptly process your order!

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SPECIAL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD

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hat a perfect partnership! Bluffton Self Help will launch a program to encourage clients to bring a usable paper or cloth bag for their groceries. This will result in a sizeable savings for Bluffton Self Help as well as demonstrate recycling and being “green.” So, when the email from Jean Fruh, retail manager for Outside Hilton Head, located on Hilton Head Island, asked if Bluffton Self Help would be interested in participating in their “Wooden Nickel” program, we thought it was a perfect match! The Wooden Nickel program at Outside Hilton Head is an initiative organized by the “Green Team,” an internal task force charged with addressing company sustainability efforts. “The goal of the Wooden Nickel program is two-fold,” explained Fruh. “First, to decrease

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the use of paper sacks in our retail store by encouraging shoppers to BYOB (bring your own bag). Second, to raise money for worthy causes by redirecting the money saved by giving away less sacks. If customers decline a sack at check out they are given a wooden nickel representing a cash donation. They can then drop the wooden nickel into one of three collection boxes that are located directly in front of our cash stand.” She went on to explain that each collection box represents a particular topic of causes (environment, history or children) and an assigned non-profit. Each non-profit is represented on a collection box for a period of four months.

“Our customers love the program,” said Fruh. “Not only do the customers donate, but they also inquire about the non-profit charities. “

“At the end of the four month period, Outside Hilton Head will present each organization with a check matching the amount of wooden nickels donated,” said Fruh.

But, the clients don’t always have a reusable grocery bag. That’s where, you the donor, can help. Donate cloth, plastic and paper bags rather than tossing them. It’s just another way to participate in a recycling initiative. ■

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The “Wooden Nickel” program kicked off April 1 and features Bluffton Self Help, Experience Green and The Daufuskie Island Historical Society. At Bluffton Self Help, the clients participate in the food distribution four times a week. In an attempt to encourage recycling, Bluffton Self Help will allow clients with their own bags to choose one extra food item per visit. The program kicks off the same date, April 1. The extra item is dependent on the inventory.

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LONG COVE COMMUNITY ENDOWMENT FUND

PROVIDES NEW STORAGE BINS

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ast year, The Long Cove Club Community Endowment Fund granted Bluffton Self Help financial support to purchase donation bins to place in front and at the rear of the building. These donation bins provide a dry and safe storage area for donors to drop off their donations after hours and on weekends. “We are so excited about these donation bins,” said Lili Coleman, executive director at Bluffton Self Help. “They have eliminated the pile up of donations at the front and back door that often required us to move them aside to get into our building.” She added that it also offers a more secure and dry method of storing donations when no one is in the building.

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Staff proudly show off the new donation bins at Bluffton Self Help. Pictured left to right are Julie Del Guerico, assistant director and Kelli Normoyle, operations coordinator. As you can see, the donation bin clearly indicates where to make clothing donation.

The bins arrived in February and are placed in convenient locations for donors to access. They are bright white and display the Bluffton Self Help logo and information about donations accepted. The bins will also proudly display the Long Cove Club Community Endowment Fund statement proudly recognizing their support. This grant also funded shelving to inventory clothing and food in the receiving areas. Volunteers empty the bins weekdays and process the donations that day. In the meantime, it’s high and dry at Bluffton Self Help in a good way. ■

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arriet had been in a horrible car accident. Her car had been run off of the road by an 18 –wheeler truck. The driver failed to see her in his blind spot. Her injuries were severe, requiring back and neck surgery. Through unpaid Family Medical Leave of Absence she maintained health insurance through her employment and was able to receive the appropriate medical care. Her mortgage company decreased her monthly payments. A three-month recovery period was expected and she was secure in the knowledge that her savings would help her through this time until she returned to work. A final surgery was scheduled. Unfortunately, the operation led to nerve complications, and although she would make a full recovery, her savings had been significantly reduced from the previous three months. Since sh would be unable to cover another full month’s mortgage payment, Bluffton Self Help paid the balance. While wearing a neck brace and using the aid of a walker, she smiled at the Bluffton Self Help staff and remarked that everything was going to be all right from here on out. ■

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anelle was a proud mother of four children. She held a parttime job to help with household expenses. Her husband unexpectedly left his family, claiming that he would continue to pay the rent, but that he would not commit to anything else at the moment. He was not sure when he would return. Shocked and devastated, Janelle immediately sought out full time employment knowing that utility, grocery, medical, and clothing bills would need to be paid. She sought an attorney’s advice regarding child support and family abandonment. An electric bill appeared in the mail box, already over due. She came to Bluffton Self Help for assistance, advice and direction. She was issued a swipe card to help supplement her family’s grocery and clothing bills. She was also informed that Bluffton Self Help would assist with her electric bill that month. She left with a lighter heart and went on to a job interview. Less than two hours later, Janelle called Bluffton Self Help to inform the staff that she had been offered a full time job, with benefits! She was thrilled and we were thrilled for her! She expressed overwhelming gratitude for the services she received. She especially wanted to extend a special thank you to Steve, the caseworker, who helped her. She stated that he possesses a special gift for working with people. She even called once more the next day to make sure her message of gratitude was shared with him. ■

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lroy sat patiently in an interview room waiting to speak with someone. He told a volunteer he needed some help. He filled out his application, indicating that he was a senior citizen receiving less than $600 a month in social security. Exhibiting a gentle and kind spirit he explained he had an accident. He pushed some papers across the desk. They were immediately recognized as emergency room documents. Elroy had fallen two days prior to coming into Bluffton Self Help. He said he just missed a step. Then, he removed his hat and pointed to a large incision with multiple metal staples holding it together. He apologized if we thought it was ugly. While in the hospital, Elroy’s blood work indicated that he had diabetes as well and was told that he had probably fainted from low blood sugar levels and that he, more than likely, did not just miss a step. He couldn’t afford his medications, not only the antibiotics he needed to prevent an infection from the surgery to his head, but also the new medications and test strips needed for his newly diagnosed diabetes. Bluffton Self Help was able to help this gentle man by working with the staff at Bluffton Pharmacy. They filled his prescriptions immediately. ■

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oseanne, a teacher of nine years, was supporting a son in college, working full time and paying off her own student loans. Her mother suffered from dementia. Roseanne and her sister decided they would like to care for their mother at home. Her sister was approved for a job transfer to the Bluffton area and would be moving in with Roseanne and their mother. Together, they would juggle schedules and share the responsibilities of caring for their mother. Prior to her sister’s arrival, Roseanne had to take off from work to help her mother adjust to their home. She was unable to pay her entire mortgage payment, as the unpaid leave from her employment caused a significant financial burden. Bluffton Self Help assisted with that month’s balance. Her sister moved in and contributed to the household bills. The daughters continued to care for the mother, who had cared so well for them. And, regarding their temporary setback, BSH was glad to help out. ■ Note to readers: Bluffton Self Helps exist to serve clients in need, who often suffer greatly just to provide a meal or keep their family adequately clothed. The stories here are entirely true, however, the names have been changed to respect their circumstances and protect their identity.

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BOARD SPOTLIGHT

A Doer From the Start

Doug Adamson

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fter vacationing on Hilton Head for many years, The Adamsons moved to Bluffton in 2010. Hours after joining the board, Douglas Adamson wanted to know how he could help. Immediately he and his wife Ronda went to work. They spend every Thursday afternoon at Bluffton Self Help heading up the USDA food distribution. “Service is one of my core values and I have been involved as a volunteer in some form most my life,” said Adamson.

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“I’ve been very active in my church, and numerous community and professional organizations.”

president of the American Bankers Association.

When asked what motivated him to join the Bluffton Self Help board of directors, he said, “I became aware of the agency from the Island Packet “Stories of Hope” campaign. I was fortunate to be asked by one of my neighbors to get involved.”

Adamson brings strengths in finance, strategy, organization and leadership, plus a passion for service.

Adamson has served as an executive with a non-profit organization for the past 25 years. He worked in a volunteer-driven organization and understands how that was great preparation for board service with an organization like Bluffton Self Help. He has managed budgets, worked for and with volunteers and assisted in building creative products and services for a large and diverse membership---all good lessons for his tenure with Bluffton Self Help. He is a retired executive vice

“I don’t think in terms of personal achievements,” said Adamson. “I get as much pleasure by helping an individual with a minor task as I do with developing a program or service that has a worldwide reach.”

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Doug and Ronda Adamson take time from their Thursday afternoon volunteering for a quick pic.

He feels he can make a difference at Bluffton Self Help and challenges others to get involved to eliminate hunger in Bluffton and help our neighbors live more productive and self-sufficient lives.

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BOARD SPOTLIGHT

Meet BSH’s new Treasurer Help’s financial reports, the 2014 United Way Proposal and a monthly report template on the month-to-month financial status of the agency.

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ew Financial Chairperson, Jean Andersen brings a wealth of financial experience to her role on Bluffton Self Help’s executive board. Since joining the board in January, Andersen has rolled up her sleeves and worked with the recently hired part-time accountant, Janie Parker, to consolidate reports and financial statements. Joining these two seasoned professionals is Monty Leath, a former board member at The Deep Well. All three have put in countless hours working on Bluffton Self

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Anderson moved to the Bluffton area in January of 2011 and also serves on the board of the Hilton Head Humane Association. She had a 10-year career as a financial analyst and 20 years in federal law enforcement. “I believe in the mission of Bluffton Self Help and believe it is a well run organization,” said Andersen when asked why Bluffton Self Help. “I hope, during my tenure, to provide value to the future longevity of Bluffton Self Help, as well as ensure the agency’s financial stability.” When asked to name her greatest achievements Andersen said, “retiring to a beautiful area of the country and developing many life-long friendships along the way.”

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Jean loves her new home in Hampton Lake, and spending time outside, with friends, and with her little “Dolce”.

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BOARD SPOTLIGHT

Weathering BSH into the Future

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ick Scheller and his wife Bonnie relocated to the Bluffton area in 2010 after living near Washington D.C. for over 35 years. “We love being close to the ocean, all the great golf courses, and the small-town feel of Bluffton,” said Scheller. “We also love the friendly people here in the low country.”

But that wasn’t enough for Scheller. He

implement a number of programs to improve the quality and accuracy of services to the nation. His career was with the National Weather Service where he oversaw a $4.5 billion, decade-long modernization program. The project involved new systems, facilities, science with services, including restructuring the workforce. He will use those acquired skills to lead Bluffton Self Help toward improved

wanted to give back. When invited to join the Bluffton Self Help board of directors, he jumped at the opportunity. It is his first volunteer job in the area.

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strategic planning and project management. “I hope to help Bluffton Self Help look toward the future and be in a position to serve the needs of the community as it grows and evolves,” stated Scheller. “My greatest personal joy was marrying my wonderful wife, Bonnie.”

His wife Bonnie, volunteers as a grant writer for Palmetto Animal League and Bluffton Self Help. It’s a family affair. Scheller earned his degree in electrical engineering and used that training to

Nick Scheller

Nick and Bonnie Scheller are avid golfers and enjoy the many activities and friends in their Belfair Plantation community.

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TO GIVE TO BSH YOU HAVE MANY OPTIONS. We want to make your donation decision easy. For your convenience, you may visit our website at www.blufftonselfhelp. org and donate by using PayPal. You can also remember Bluffton Self Help. Inc. in your will bequest. All of these methods insure that Bluffton Self Help staff and volunteers can continue our mission toward developing self reliance in all clients with dignity and compassion for life’s hard knocks along the way. RECURRING MONTHLY GIFTS Now, in less than five minutes, you can visit Bluffton Self Help’s website and use the handy form to quickly set up a recurring monthly donation, which will have a lasting impact on BSH. Your donations are recorded via PayPal’s secure log-in in increments of $25, $50, $100, $250 or $500. By making your donation automatic, your contributions to Bluffton Self Help become simple and convenient. You can stop the pledge at any time, but we hope you won’t! WHY YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS?

Bluffton Self Help is constantly reviewing ways to make sure your donations are spent on the people we seek to serve. One of the ways to do that is to reduce administrative costs. By permitting us to communicate with you through your email address we communicate quickly and inexpensively. Visit blufftonselfhelp.com and fill out the email address form or call Bluffton Self Help. We promise not to bombard or share your email addresses.

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ABOUT HELP MATTERS: Help Matters is a seasonal news magazine produced by Bluffton Self Help. It is written by Lili Coleman and John Orth. Design and layout by Christine Loeffler. Please direct any questions about the newsletter to csl@sinclairloeffler.com or call (843) 706-9854. A NOTE REGARDING THIS ISSUE OF HELP MATTERS: We hope you have enjoyed this issue of Help Matters.To reduce our printing costs, we’ve designed this for easy online reading, and for those of you who prefer reading a “hard copy”, it is in a printer-friendly format. PLEASE CONTACT US: Street Address: 39 Sheridan Park Circle Suite #10 Bluffton, SC 29910 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2420 Bluffton, SC 29910 Phone: [843] 757-8000 Email: questions@blufftonselfhelp.org BSH ONLINE: Website: www.blufftonselfhelp.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/blufftonselfhelp Twitter: https://twitter.com/helpbsh Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bluffselfhelp/ TO DONATE: GIVE TO BSH: http://www.blufftonselfhelp.org/give/

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Spring 2013 Help Matters Digital Version  

Spring 2013 Help Matters Digital Version of our seasonal newsletter for Bluffton Self Help

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