Goodwill Manasota marks Older Americans Month

Annual observance recognizes America's seniors and their contributions to our communities

Published Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Older Americans MonthSARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Every year since 1963, the month of May has been set aside to honor our country’s seniors. This Older Americans Month, Goodwill Manasota encourages everyone to recognize America’s seniors and their contributions to our communities.

Goodwill knows that older workers are assets to the workplace and have the experience and skills to be valuable employees, but they are often overlooked for job opportunities solely because of their age. Some seniors want or need to work past their retirement years to further build their economic stability. And with the economic downturn of 2008, many seniors who lost or suffered great reductions in their retirement savings have no choice but to continue working, or re-enter the workforce.

The recession dramatically impacted the prospects for older Americans. From a 2015 report by the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy: “According to one AARP study, nearly two-thirds of Baby Boomers suffered a reduction in retirement savings and almost one in four older workers spent nearly all of their retirement savings during the first two years of the recession. Many older adults are now left wondering if they’ll ever be able to retire.”

Goodwill Manasota helps older workers through employment with the organization and through its Job Connection and GoodPartner Coach programs. Last year, Goodwill employed 278 team members ages 55 or older, including an 84-year-old attended donation center employee working in Venice. The GoodPartner Coach program, which helps team members develop a plan and provides supports and assistance to overcome obstacles, assisted 278 team members in increasing their employability skills. The free Job Connection employment service assisted 535 clients ages 55 and older, including 148 ages 66 or older. Last year, Job Connection placed 129 job seekers over 60 years old, including an 81-year-old who was hired to work at a supermarket.

“In addition to employing hundreds of team members ages 55 and older, Goodwill also builds relationships with local employers to help them understand the benefits of hiring older workers,” said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. “When you donate to Goodwill, the revenues fund job training programs and community services, including those that help older Americans find jobs – or secure better jobs – in our region.”

Goodwill helps people of all ages and stages of life to find fulfillment through the power of work, and seniors are no exception. Last year, Goodwill provided job training or community services including financial education and mentoring to more than 9 million people throughout the United States and Canada. To find out more about Goodwill Manasota and the services it provides for older workers, visit experiencegoodwill.org.

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.