Goodwill's Tech Connection program expands to include computer services, repairs

Program expanding to include services such as virus removal, data recovery, installations, repairs and upgrades at affordable rates

Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Goodwill's Tech ConnectionSARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota’s Tech Connection, the refurbished computer program housed at its Ranch Lake retail store, has expanded to offer computer services and repairs. Services include virus removal, data recovery, installations, repairs and upgrades.

“This expansion will allow us to provide additional benefit for our community by increasing access to digital literacy and technology needs,” said Bob Rosinsky, Goodwill Manasota’s president and CEO. “Goodwill Manasota is proud to offer programs and services needed by the community. The new Tech Connection services enhance our ability to make technology more readily available and affordable, and provide the tools community members need to achieve success.”

The approximate prices for various services are: $20 for diagnostic testing or data backup and transfer; $50 for virus removal, operating system installations and upgrades, or data recovery; and $1 per disc for Blu-ray, DVD, CD and game disc repair. Additional repairs start at $40 per hour. The Tech Connection center is located at 8750 East State Road 70 in Bradenton, and is the only store that will be offering these services.

“Offering computer services has been on the radar for quite some time – we have now built a team and menu of options that we feel will help us continue to provide world-class customer service and bring in an even wider variety of customers and donors,” said Donn Githens, Goodwill Manasota’s vice president of operations. “This is an accomplishment we are very proud of – community members who frequent the Tech Connection at the Ranch Lake store will now be able to add computer services and repairs to their to-do list while shopping in our store.”

For more information or to make an appointment, call the Tech Connection office at (941) 405-1850.

About Goodwill Manasota

Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 41 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.