In Good Faith: 'I come away feeling I did something good'

abredeson@islandpacket.comJune 27, 2014 

Bluffton's Nancy "Rosebud" Knorr is photographed on June 20 at Bluffton Self Help, where she volunteers once a week.

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Name: Nancy "Rosebud" Knorr

Organization: Bluffton Self Help

Town: Bluffton

Involved for: Four years

Position: Volunteer

Here to help. I man the first shift on Mondays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. I try to be involved in all the community fundraiser affairs. ... The main thing is to help those in need. We give out 10 items of clothing a week. We give out food Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Wednesday nights and Fridays. And never, never a penny changes hands. If they're in need, we're there to help them.

Honorary ambassador. They presented me with a little plaque in December as an honorary ambassador to Bluffton Self Help because I try to help as much as I can. ... It's kind of nice meeting the mayor, marching in parades, doing what we can to make ourselves known.

Kindness matters. They have me stationed as a greeter at the front desk with the computer, and as each client comes in, I enter them into the computer system so we know who has been there, what day and time, and the quantity that they may be taking. I try to be very kind. I try to joke with them to make their time with us pleasant. ... I think that keeping it lighthearted and communicative really does help them. It helps them feel welcomed. ... I come away feeling I did something good. ... And that's what I feel it's all about.

The schools. I also volunteer with the schools. I volunteer at H.E. McCracken Middle School and Bluffton High School when needed. ... Everybody in the schools knows me as Grandma Nancy. You just ask them, and I come a-running.

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