Jana Hukriede of Springfield was named the 2019 Volunteer of the Year by Catholic Charities USA. More than 300,000 volunteers contribute their talents to CCUSA ministries.
Great news! Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) announced today that Jana Hukriede of Springfield is their 2019 Volunteer of the Year.Jana is a volunteer at CCSOMO’s Monastery headquarters.
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 Roman Catholic Church and other people of good will to do the same.
All 167 Catholic Charities member agencies were able to nominate a volunteer for this year’s award. Of the 300,000 volunteers who serve in CCUSA’s ministries, Jana was recognized by CCUSA for her exceptional long-term dedication and innovation especially in gardening.
Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), made the announcement today, the first day of National Volunteer Week.
(Click below for a short video that accompanied Jana’s nomination).
“Jana reflects the best of the spirit of volunteering,” Sister Donna said. “She has been blessed with many wonderful talents – vegetable gardening being a particular passion of hers – and she generously shares her expertise to help and feed others. In other words, everyone is blessed.”
Jana started volunteering with CCSOMO in May 2013. Since then, she has built and managed a gardening and harvesting operation that feeds expectant mothers at CCSOMO’s crisis maternity home, LifeHouse. In 2018, Jana began work on a greenhouse to allow the growing of vegetables year-round. Over the years, she has grown CCSOMO’s volunteer base from just a few fellow planters to more than 40 gardeners. This award recognizes Jana as a natural leader.
In nominating Hukriede, Maura Taylor, executive director of CCSOMO, noted: “When Jana began volunteering nearly six years ago there was no vegetable garden, but she laid the groundwork for what is now 21 raised beds, several fruit trees, grape vines and a greenhouse. Her work directly benefits the residents of LifeHouse. Without Jana, none of this would exist.”
Jana will travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 25, 2019, to accept her award at CCUSA’s Annual Gathering.
Please join us in celebrating Jana’s work and a small portion of national recognition for her important work on behalf of the vulnerable in our community.