By Kelley Andrews for The Island Connection
For Nancy Sue Platz, life is about service. She grew up in Lacey, Washington in a family of nine children. At the age of 20 she joined the United States Air Force where became a Chaplain’s Assistant. Her first duty assignment was based in Zaragoza, Spain.
“There was a reason for me being sent to help the church,” Nancy Sue says. “My whole career shows that God had a plan.”
After five years of active service, Nancy Sue’s mother became terminally ill. Faced with an important decision, Nancy Sue chose to leave active duty in order to take care of her mother. As part of leaving active service requirements she signed up for United States Reserves where she trained other Chaplain’s Assistants. Ultimately she achieved the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. Later on, thanks to the GI Bill, she completed a degree in dental hygiene.
Presently, Nancy Sue enjoys her retirement working as a background actress in TV series and commercials. She also volunteers as an extra for the South Carolina Indie Grants Film Program.
Nancy Sue loves to make jewelry and owns a jewelry design company called ‘Go with the Flo.’ She first got involved with jewelry design at Bliss Spiritual Co-op, multi-cultural retreat house located in Mt. Pleasant.
Nancy Sue leads a group of volunteers from Bliss who, once a month, serve a meal in the soup kitchen at a downtown nonprofit, The Neighborhood House.
“It is God’s commandment to love one another and at The Neighborhood House we are able to do just that.” Nancy Sue particularly loves how efficiently the kitchen is managed. “Vonceil (the kitchen manager) runs it like a military operation, which is a compliment coming from me!”
Editor’s Note: Volunteer Spotlight is a column in The Island Connection highlighting members of the community who give their time to help others. If you know of a volunteer who deserves the spotlight email email@example.com.