Kiwanis Club of Sarasota donates to Goodwill's Veterans Services Program

Funds raised during Veterans Day Breakfast will support programs and services for veterans and their families

Published Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Kiwanis ClubSARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – The Kiwanis Club of Sarasota recently donated $4,274.45 to Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services Program. The money was raised through the sale of tickets to the 2nd annual Sarasota Kiwanis Veterans Day Breakfast, held in 2015. The proceeds were shared by Goodwill Manasota and the Kiwanis Foundation.

“We are always excited for partnerships with great organizations like the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota. They have been such great supporters of our Veterans Services Program from the very beginning; we are grateful for this donation, which will enable us to continue to have a great impact on the lives of veterans of our community,” said Bob Rosinsky, Goodwill Manasota president and CEO. “The Veterans Day Breakfast was a fantastic event that allowed us to honor and thank veterans in our community. We’d like to thank our friends at the Kiwanis Club for allowing us to be a part of that special day.”

Launched in 2013, Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services Program helps eliminate barriers to employment and provides opportunities for higher-paying positions for veterans and their families, as well as connects veterans with crucial social services and offers support to help them re-integrate into their families, communities and jobs. In 2015, Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services Program served 358 veterans; this year, the program has expanded – thanks to a grant of $225,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor – to serve homeless veterans.

For more information on how you can support Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program, call (941) 355-2721, ext. 451.

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.