from the Landfills
Placed in Jobs
Pounds of Food Collected
for Local Food Banks
Goodwill Manasota provides meaningful, long-term employment opportunities to people who have long struggled to find work. Through education and training, we help them overcome barriers that result from disability, lack of education, poor language skills, or a myriad of other obstacles that have kept them from entering or remaining in the workforce.
At Goodwill, we provide opportunities for people to further their education and advance their careers. Our programs teach practical, real-world skills needed for success, skills that people might never gain without the help of Goodwill.
Goodwill Manasota has a positive local economic impact, the impact of which is invested right back into the community. By expanding employment and job opportunities to people who have never before had a chance at career development, we can create a whole new pool of future business leaders.
At Goodwill Manasota, we realize the critical importance of protecting our environment. To preserve our planet for future generations, we have pioneered the reduce-reuse-recycle efforts to benefit our community and beyond.
Each year, we protect and preserve our natural resources by diverting millions of pounds of unwanted and unneeded goods that would otherwise end up in landfills, turn into useless trash and cause further pollution. Thanks to our recycle-reuse efforts, these items are put to good use and benefit individuals and families who need them most.
Dear Friends of Goodwill
“We are so grateful to you and our entire community for making 2021 an outstanding year for Goodwill Manasota. It was a year of challenges for our Goodwill, but considering the trials and tribulations, we not only survived, but we also thrived.
The combined efforts of our Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries International, the Leadership, and our team members helped us navigate those turbulent times while focusing on opening better. We succeeded together as a team.
A Successful 2021
We had a successful 2021 despite the chaos. Sales remained close to our original budget and were slightly higher than in 2010. Our mission services never closed, shifting to more remote communication and less face-to-face meetings. Zoom meetings allowed us to continue communicating while we could not meet! Our Goodwill received significant support from the Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust, local Foundations, and donations from friends. Ms. MacKenzie Scott honored us with the largest single donation ever received by this Goodwill, $10,000,00
We continue 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. We invest our time and resources in people who are looking for a second chance, who ask for a hand up, not a handout.
Thanks to the donations of gently-used goods and philanthropic contributions in 2020, we were able to:
Serve 4,760 people in our community
Place 194 people in jobs
Serve 314 veterans and their families
Collect 144,396 pounds of food
Divert 38.7 million pounds from landfills
The thousands who we serve each have a compelling story to tell. In the coming pages, you will read about some of the men and women we serve who have overcome barriers to becoming independent, successful, and impactful members of our community. Without your contributions, none of these stories would be possible. Again, thank you for the part you played in empoweringour mission of Changing Lives through the Power of Work.