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About Us

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Dignity & Quality of Life

At Goodwill Manasota we strive to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work.

Through the sale of your donated goods, we’re able to provide employment training, job placement, career services and other Mission Services that lead to self-sufficiency. We are honored to invest our time and resources in individuals who are seeking a hand up - not a hand-out - so they can get on a path to career and life success.

Our Employees Earn A Competitive Wage

All of Goodwill Manasota’s team members earn well over minimum wage - our wages start at $14/hour.

As a CARF-accredited agency, Goodwill programs provide services and support to individuals with various barriers to success, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, so they may exercise their right to lead fulfilling lives and participate fully in their communities. At Goodwill, we choose to focus on abilities rather than see barriers to our mutual success; we believe that everyone deserves the right to live, learn, play and work in the community, with plentiful choices and opportunities.

We are a nonprofit organization. Revenue from our retail stores
supports our Mission Services.

Many people know that we resell gently-used items - which are donated to us from generous members of the community - at discounted prices but this is not the primary reason for our operations. Revenue from Goodwill's retail stores help fund our Mission Services programs, such as our Job Connection, American Veterans and Their Families program, the GoodPartner Coach program, and the Supported JobsPlus program.

Employee Compensation

Our Mission:

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Through The Power Of Work




Our Executive Team

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Donn Githens

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President & CEO


Brady O'Neil

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VP of Operations

Goodwill Manasota Bob Stanell Financial/Treasury

Bob Stanell

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Alexa Olivas

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VP of Donated Goods Operations


Adrian Gessen

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Senior VP of Organizational Development 

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Melissa Carman

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VP of Engagement

Goodwill Manasota Margie Genter Vice President Mission Services

Margie Genter

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VP of Mission Services


Angela Gerholdt

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VP of HR and Risk Management

Board of Directors

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Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors, comprising leaders from the community with a wide variety of areas of expertise. Goodwill Manasota, in essence, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company.

Xtavia Bailey

Betsy Benac (Chair)

Steve Boone

Rich Cautero

Rod Hollingsworth

Eric Kaplan

Laurie O'Loughlin

James McClure

Rob Morris

Laura Ritchey

Allen Weinstein

Brad West



Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or were given to the people who repaired them. The system worked, and the Goodwill philosophy of “a hand up, not a hand out” was born.

Dr. Helms described Goodwill Industries as an “industrial program as well as a social service enterprise…a provider of employment, training and rehabilitation for people of limited employability, and a source of temporary assistance for individuals whose resources were depleted.”

Even with a laudable history and record of accomplishment, Goodwill can't be satisfied when so many people still need our services. Times have changed but Helms’ vision remains constant. “We have courage and are unafraid. With the prayerful cooperation of millions of our bag contributors and of our workers, we will press on till the curse of poverty and exploitation is banished from mankind.

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