Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), announced today that Tammy Goodman of Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington (Yakima) has been named the CCUSA Volunteer of the Year for 2021. (Watch a brief video featuring Goodman and her volunteer ministry.)
“Catholic Charities has been heavily engaged in bringing relief to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year now,” Sister Donna said. “Tammy is a wonderful example of our volunteers who have risen to the occasion under very trying circumstances and helped our sisters and brothers in need.”
For the past eight years, Goodman has volunteered at St. Vincent Centers’ food bank and has been the lead volunteer for the past three years. During the pandemic, most volunteers at the food bank had to stop working because they were from vulnerable populations. Goodman trained new groups of volunteers multiple times during the pandemic due to turnover, and she led the effort to implement a service model for no contact food distribution.
“We are delighted that Tammy Goodman has been chosen as the CCUSA Volunteer of the Year,” said Darlene Darnell, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington. “Tammy exemplifies our mission of ‘bringing hope to life, especially for those most in need’ everyday! Tammy’s passion and love for her work shine through to everyone she encounters.”
The CCUSA Volunteer of the Year Award, given annually since 1998, is granted to an individual who embodies the mission of CCUSA to provide critical services to those in need, advocate for justice in social structures and call the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same. Catholic Charities agencies across the U.S. nominate candidates for the award from nearly 300,000 volunteers.