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    March 29, 2018
    Town of Bluffton IDA MARTIN DAY ARIL 4th
    Celebrating our founder at Bluffton Self Help
    Bluffton, SC, March 30, 2018 – When the late Mrs. Ida Martin named her agency over 30 years ago she did it with a purpose. She believed people should receive help when they fall on hard times, but they should also work toward self-reliance.
    On April 4th, the day named in her honor in 2011 by Mayor Lisa Sulka, we will celebrate the legacy of Bluffton Self Help founder, the late Mrs. Ida Martin. She was a remarkable woman who worked tirelessly to establish a local organization that would help working families, disabled residents and senior citizens in the community. We are proud to continue her mission.
    At the age of 60, when most people would be looking forward to retirement, Mrs. Martin founded Bluffton Self Help, a non-profit organization that assists Bluffton neighbors facing hunger and poverty. The organization began in Mrs. Martin’s garage in 1987. Today, Bluffton Self Help is a 501c3 agency operating in a 6,500 square foot building and governed by a board of directors and three staff members.
    Mrs. Ida Martin has been recognized at the community, state and national level. In 1990 she was named Volunteer of the Year in of South Carolina.  In 2011 she received the coveted Presidential Citizen’s Medal, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors. Mrs. Martin was one of thirteen recipients out of 6,000 nominations. April 4, 2011 was declared the first “Ida Martin Day” in Bluffton, South Carolina. The Town of Bluffton recognized Mrs. Martin in 2012. She holds a spot on the Wall of Honor in the town hall. She was the first woman of the five honored, and the only one to receive a place on the wall while still living. On Tuesday June 12, 2013, Ida Magwood Martin passed away surrounded by family and friends.
    Ida will be most remembered for her big heart, her faith in her fellow man and her tenacious work ethic that moved her forward even as her body tired.
    To make a tribute to the impact Ida Martin has made in our community please visit www.blufftonselfhelp.org or stop by our office located in Sheridan Park.
    If you are interested in supporting the Bluffton Self Help, please contact Gwen Chambers, Community Outreach Manager at 843-757-8000 or email Gwen@Blufftonselfhelp.org