Janet Boyden to coordinate new project for Bluffton Self Help to kick off in April

(BLUFFTON, S.C.) – Janet Boyden, a sales associate with Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty, will be the volunteer overseeing the new Bluffton Self Help project kicking off in April. 
“Janet Boyden is heading up a new and exciting initiative for Bluffton Self Help,” said Lili Coleman, executive director of Bluffton Self Help. “A group of 100 women will be invited to be a part of a special donor group for the purpose of empowering women/families to work toward self-reliance and independence.”

“These women each donate $100 annually and the funds support the mission of Bluffton Self Help including hosting two events that teach women how to dress, interview and secure sustainable employment,” Coleman explained. Other projects will be developed by these women such as quarterly networking opportunities to interact with other Great Women in our community.

“This is an opportunity for women in Bluffton to help other women,” Coleman said. “We want to show the Heart of Bluffton.” For more information on being one of the supporters, contact Lili Coleman at Bluffton Self Help by email (lili@blufftonselfhelp ) or by calling 843-757-8000.

For more than 25 years, Bluffton Self Help has been helping Bluffton area neighbors get back on their feet. Bluffton Self Help provides food, clothing and a wide variety of services such as short- term emergency financial assistance to working families in a documented crisis. Bluffton Self Help assists people in many other ways, including medical assistance and children’s programs. They also provide scholarships through the Mrs. Ida Martin Scholarship Program, named after the founder. Financial assistance for education is available to persons registered at a local college or a technical program who meet the scholarship guidelines.

“I like the fact they partner with other organizations – I think that’s part of their success,” Boyden said. “They help make other organizations successful.”
Boyden was astonished to learn that Bluffton Self Help has more than 125 involved volunteers, and that information confirmed she had found the right non-profit to help.

“To me, it just spoke volumes about how credible they are,” Boyden said. “For an organization to be able to attract that level of volunteer commitment – it’s just amazing to me.” She never found that level of commitment when she volunteered in Atlanta.
Boyden believes more people are open to volunteering once they find ways they can help.

“I’m a firm believer in helping the community,” Boyden said. “It’s a responsibility. We have to give back. You’ll also enjoy yourself more, because you really get to know the community better when you get involved and volunteer.”
Boyden works as a sales associate in the Bluffton office of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty. She moved to Bluffton from Savannah, where she grew up as the daughter of custom homebuilder Bill Boyden. She spent much of her career in Atlanta, where she was named to the Atlanta Board of Realtors Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club for five consecutive years. She also worked for more than 12 years as a consultant for various Fortune 400 and 500 companies, developing strategic partnerships with top executives throughout the country.

Boyden has dedicated time outside of work serving as a volunteer for her church, Compassion International and the Hope4Guatemala Mission.

For more information on Bluffton Self Help, visit www.blufftonselfhelp.org
Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 52 Calhoun St. in Bluffton, S.C.

For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com . To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

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