Goodwill expands operations with new attended donation center in North Port

New location in southern Sarasota County, slated for completion by winter of 2016, will make donation drop-offs more convenient for residents of North Port

Published Monday, May 9, 2016

Ground BreakingSARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – On Tuesday, May 17 at 3pm, Goodwill Manasota will break ground on its newest attended donation center, to be located at 2250 Bobcat Village Center Road in North Port, near Toledo Blade Boulevard. The 2,000 square-foot facility will provide southern Sarasota County residents with another convenient location for dropping off donations of unwanted goods.

“Donations to Goodwill are sold in local retail and outlet stores. The revenue from these sales funds job training programs and support services that help people with barriers to employment to achieve and maintain economic independence and an increased quality of life,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “By opening new attended donations centers, Goodwill is trying to make donating as easy and convenient as possible, and is creating new jobs in the community at the same time. These locations are vital in our mission of changing lives through the power of work.”

Construction of the new attended donation center in North Port will continue through the summer of 2016, with completion expected by winter of 2016. This facility will bring the total of Goodwill attended donation centers to 36 in its service area of Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto and Hardee counties.  The new facility will employ two team members, and has the potential to increase the number of donations to Goodwill Manasota by more than 12,000 annually. The donation of unwanted items to Goodwill supports programs and services throughout the region, enabling the organization to change lives through the power of work.

Photo ID:  (Shovels L to R) Ron Allen – President, NDC Construction;  Senator John McKay;  Sarasota County  Commissioner Christine Robinson; Rob Morris – Chairman, Goodwill Manasota Board of Directors; Bill Gunnin – Executive Director, North Port Area Chamber of Commerce;  Steve Padgett –Vice President, Fawley Bryant Architects, Randy Welker – Business Advocate, City of North Port Economic Development

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.