Katie Goodhart believes that the best way to impact a kid’s life is to be a part of it. She has poured her heart and soul into Girl Scouts, serving as a troop leader in Helena for the past 12 years.
Goodhart’s influence through Girl Scouts, along with her willingness to help others, are two of the many reasons that Goodhart is BCBSMT’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year.
“Katie is a role model and leader for young women in Helena,” said John Doran, divisional vice president of external affairs. “She has made an impact on countless people through her involvement with Girl Scouts. She also gives her time and energy to countless other organizations. Katie is a shining example of living our purpose every day, to the benefit of our community.”
Goodhart spends a good part of her volunteer time as a Girl Scouts troop leader. Her troop has gone dog sledding and traveled to Washington D.C. The girls have camped and learned how to cook. While the activities are always fun, it’s the impact of watching girls grow into young women that drives Goodhart.
“I volunteer because I can, and I have a lot to give. Girl Scouts particularly, I want to be sure that I give girls the same opportunity that I had, and the ability to grow and become strong, competent women,” Goodhart said. “I want them to learn how to lead, take on challenges, and help others as they get older.”
Goodhart’s commitment to making Helena a better place doesn’t stop with her Girl Scouts troop. She takes time to help other organizations and volunteered an amazing 582 hours in 2018 and the first half of 2019.