SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – During this Thanksgiving season, Goodwill Manasota has much to be thankful for. The organization has well exceeded its goal of helping 1,000 veterans just prior to the three-year anniversary of the inception of its Veterans Services Program – more than 1,500 veterans and their families have been assisted. Goodwill is extremely grateful for those who have made monetary gifts as well as those who donate their unwanted items or shop in Goodwill’s retail stores. Through the sales of donated items, Goodwill is able to provide individual case management and job placement services to area veterans.
To celebrate this achievement, Goodwill Manasota will be reducing prices on select items during the entire week of Thanksgiving as a thank-you to those who support Goodwill. The week will culminate with Black Friday specials for those who subscribe to “Ambassador Connector,” Goodwill’s newsletter.
Through the Veterans Services Program, Goodwill Manasota is working to help returning servicemen and women reintegrate back into their families, communities and jobs. In its three years of operation, the program has connected veterans with necessary social services, provided emotional and physical support, offered free employment services, and distributed funds for emergency needs through its SERV (Special Emergency Resources for Veterans) program.
“We are honored to help our heroes every day of the year with housing, education and employment assistance. Each and every day, our dedicated Veterans Services Program staff works to make sure our veterans get the help they need to provide for their families,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “We hope that the community will enjoy our Thanksgiving week retail specials, and would like to wish all of our veterans and the community members who help to support our programs a very happy Thanksgiving.”
To sign up for Goodwill Manasota’s newsletter and receive information about programs, events and store specials, go to experiencegoodwill.org/newsletter.
PHOTO ID: Goodwill Manasota ‘s director of the Veterans Services Program, CJ Bannister, is grateful for donors and shoppers whose support helps veterans to receive case management and job placement services throughout Goodwill’s service area
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.