Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie Center recognized Sandy Goodenough as its volunteer of the year at its awards banquet, held Thursday evening at the Waxahachie Civic Center.
Goodenough began volunteering in 2008, when Baylor was still at its former campus in Waxahachie.
In 2010, she began serving two years as vice president of the auxiliary before serving two years as the organization’s president.
During her time as president, Baylor was building its new facility and Goodenough rallied the auxiliary’s volunteers together to raise the largest gift of any of the other donors to the Baylor foundation’s building fund ($550,000).
During the move from the old campus to the new one, Goodenough then coordinated and organized the volunteers to help with supporting the families as patients were moved.
Goodenough has volunteered in several departments of the hospital but her primary focus the past several years has been at the auxiliary thrift store. In 2015, when one of the thrift store volunteer managers stepped down, Goodenough took on the challenge of serving as a co-manager for the thrift store.
She takes personal pride in making sure the thrift store runs smoothly and is customer friendly. She works in several areas of the store and often works extra days to help cover when someone calls out sick. Goodenough has helped to remodel the store and to make it more appealing to customers, with annual sales averaging from $85,000-$90,000, all of which goes to support projects for Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie.
Goodenough also works with Arms of Hope, another charity organization that offers help and support to disadvantaged children and single mothers, by donating clothes and other items for their use.
“She is kind, compassionate and striving to make things better” is how she is described by her customers and fellow volunteers.
In addition, Goodenough has helped set up a program with the American Red Cross disaster action team to assist families whose lives have been disrupted by tragedies like fires and tornadoes. Through this program, the Red Cross issues vouchers for those in need to go to the thrift store, which then provides them with clothes and household goods.
Not only does Goodenough co-manage the thrift store, she also manages a team to put together welcome bags for newly admitted patients to the hospital that contain about 15 items, including sundry items ranging from hand sanitizer, Kleenex and shampoo to toothpaste.
As well, efore the Christmas holidays, Goodenough and some of the other volunteers make gift baskets for the gift shop to help increase its sales, proceeds of which also benefit the hospital.
Goodenough is married, has two dogs and a cat, and loves to read, watch old movies and cook.