Yakima food bank leader named CCUSA Volunteer of the Year

Tammy Goodman (Image courtesy of CCUSA)

YAKIMA, Wash. — In a time of great need in this pandemic, many volunteers left their posts to tend to personal matters, but not Tammy Goodman. A representative of Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington, Goodman was awarded for her efforts this past year by being named Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) Volunteer of the Year for 2021.

Goodman has volunteered at St. Vincent Centers’ food bank in Union Gap for the past eight years, making herself an invaluable addition to their team. She was eventually promoted to lead volunteer; a position she’s held for the past three years.

When the pandemic hit, many of the regular volunteers were unable to fulfill their duties due to health concerns and personal difficulties. In light of this development, Goodman trained multiple groups of new volunteers despite significant turnover and inconsistent commitments. this was an absolute necessity considering the greater overall need from the Yakima community.

Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, president and CEO of CCUSA, who announced the award, has nothing but praise for all of Goodman’s work in Yakima.

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“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.”

In addition to her contributions in training new volunteers, Goodman also helped to develop a contactless food distribution service model to maintain optimal safety for all people involved. Darlene Darnell, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington, says she’s delighted that Goodman is being honored.

“Tammy exemplifies our mission of ‘bringing hope to life, especially for those most in need’ every day,” Darnell said. “Tammy’s passion and love for her work shine through to everyone she encounters.”

With over 300,000 volunteers across the CCUSA, one person has received this award every year since 1998.


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