Press Releases

Goodwill to assume management agreement role for school for students with disabilities

Published Thursday, July 20, 2017

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Ave Maria Preparatory School, the only school that serves students ages 6-22 with special learning needs in Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto and Hardee counties, is undergoing major changes. The school is being renamed McKay Academy and Goodwill Manasota will assume management. Established in 2004, the school serves youths from... more»

Goodwill, Music Compound partner to give gift of music to individuals with autism

Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – When Goodwill Manasota vice president Veronica Brandon Miller was asked to judge Music Compound's Sarasota's Got Talent competition earlier this year, she had no idea the event would offer an opportunity to forge a new partnership. But then she met Jennifer Msumba, an adult singer-songwriter with autism. Msumba is an aspiring... more»

Goodwill Manasota receives grant to assist individuals with barriers to employment

Published Friday, July 14, 2017

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota recently received a grant of $75,000 from the Ralph S. French Charitable Foundation in support of the award-winning GoodPartner Coach program. This is the seventh year that Goodwill has received funding from the French Foundation for this purpose. The GoodPartner Coach program offers individuals with... more»

Goodwill, Bradenton Marauders partner for Star Wars Night

Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017

BRADENTON, FL – On Saturday, July 22, The Bradenton Marauders will host a Star Wars Night at LECOM Park as the Marauders take on the Clearwater Threshers. The game takes place at LECOM Park in Bradenton (1611 9th Street W.). Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; the first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. In addition to the baseball game, the evening will feature... more»

Goodwill, Hire Heroes USA partner to help veterans find jobs

Published Thursday, July 6, 2017

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Many veterans working to transition into civilian careers after military service find they lack the formal education or job-specific skills preferred by hiring managers. Two organizations that work to assist veterans in the area of career services, Goodwill Manasota and Hire Heroes USA, are joining together to help these... more»

Goodwill Manasota, Girl Scouts collaborate on the runway

Published Thursday, June 29, 2017

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota and Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida are partnering to host the “Little Black Dress: Salute the Runway” luncheon and fashion show on Thursday, July 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event, which takes place at the Hyatt Regency (1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota), will feature area women... more»

Goodwill team members earn medals at Special Olympics

Published Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – During the recent Special Olympics at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, three Goodwill Manasota employees earned medals: Sharon Wirth and Louis Amico won a silver medal for doubles tennis, and Doug Johnson won silver for the 800-meter run and a bronze in shot put. Wirth was also presented with the Special... more»

Goodwill, 92.1 CTQ and Culver's partner on 'Suits for Vets' program

Published Thursday, June 22, 2017

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota, 92.1 CTQ and Culver’s are teaming up for the “Suits for Vets” program. This effort will support and empower veterans in their transition from the military to the civilian workforce by providing them with professional business attire essential for helping them to put their best foot forward... more»