By Jennifer Meshanko for The Island Connection
Susan Brady has a close connection to the founders of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services (OLMCOS), which led her to become a volunteer.
Susan was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. After graduating from college, she moved to New York City to pursue her career in nursing. “I had planned to stay there only a few years, but I met my husband, Tom, got married and ended up staying in the area,” says Susan. She and Tom have four children and six grandchildren. Eight years ago, they moved to Charleston.
In her spare time, Susan enjoys playing golf, reading and spending time with family. Susan’s sister-in-law was a member of The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy and was familiar with OLMCOS. “I knew they always needed volunteers. I called Sister Mary Joseph, the executive director at the time, and the rest is history.” Susan and Tom are both longtime volunteers and help in various areas.
Susan volunteers at the reception desk every week. She has also assisted with the auction and golf tournament. “I really like the attitude and atmosphere of the outreach,” says Susan. “The staff has a real concern for our clients and want to not just give them something, but try to help them improve their lives little by little. The sense of caring makes this place a little different. I think simple connections between people and the sense that someone is truly interested in what happens to me is what matters most.” Susan encourages people to find their niche and volunteer. “If your first volunteer experience is not a good fit, keep trying until you find the place where you enjoy what you do and those you help.”