SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Throughout the month of April, Veteran Air Conditioning will hold a donation drive with its clients and the general public to support Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program. All month, Veteran Air will pick up items members of the Sarasota-Manatee community no longer want or need and will transport them to Goodwill, where they will be sold in retail stores throughout the area.
Veteran Air owner Kevin Henault supports Goodwill Manasota in particular for its commitment to helping veterans reintegrate into their families, jobs and communities. Henault – who served in the Army – comes from a long line of veterans. He notes that many of the men in his family have served in the Armed Forces, in every conflict since World War I. And his son returned from Afghanistan last year, where he served in the Army, 101st Airborne Division.
“I appreciate that Goodwill works to help and employ veterans through its many programs and services,” said Henault. “Especially given my own family’s tradition of service, I’m honored to partner with Goodwill to help the veterans in our community.”
Henault, who likes to employ veterans in his company whenever possible, has hired two through Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program. He sponsored Goodwill’s “Spirit of ’45” special event last year, which commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and honored the veterans of that conflict.
He also laughs that his wife, Adriane, loves Goodwill. “She loves to shop there – I can’t keep her out of Goodwill’s stores!”
“This is a wonderful example of a local businesses showcasing great corporate social responsibility. We are proud to partner with companies like Veteran Air Conditioning for events and donation drives throughout the year,” said Veronica Brandon Miller, Goodwill Manasota Foundation vice president. “We are committed to helping our returning heroes, who have sacrificed so much on our behalf, and Kevin – with his proud family heritage of service to our country – shares that commitment more deeply than most. We are grateful to Veteran Air for helping us to give chances, not charity, to deserving people in our community.”
Items appropriate for donation include clothing, shoes, jewelry, furniture, functioning computers, household items and decor, kitchenware, books and more. Veteran Air has committed one of its 33 service vehicles to be available during business hours for pickups; community members wishing to schedule the service should call the Veteran Air offices at (941) 751-6180.
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 support to help them re-integrate into their families, communities and jobs. For more information, go to experiencegoodwill.org or call (941) 355-2721.
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.