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Goodwill receives grant to support veteran, military spouse upskilling

An investment of $10,000 from the Manatee Community Foundation will help veterans and military spouses to increase their marketability in the workforce, achieve higher wages



SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL (July 11, 2022) – Goodwill’s American Veterans and Their Families Program was created in 2013 to help veterans reintegrate into their families, communities, and jobs. The program – which is staffed by veterans – provides comprehensive case management and vocational services, networking opportunities, and assistance in navigating the wide array of available social service programs. An important focus of Goodwill’s Veterans Program is to provide career development and upskilling opportunities for veterans, in order for them to be able to bolster their job prospects and earn more money.


In an effort to help increase their marketability in the workforce and achieve higher wages, Goodwill Manasota – with a grant of $10,000 from the Bishop-Parker Foundations Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation – will provide upskilling opportunities for area veterans and military spouses.


The funds from the Manatee Community Foundation will enable Goodwill to enroll approximately 10 veterans and/or military spouses into a training program that results in a post-secondary, industry-valued credential, with a goal of at least eight completing the program and seven being placed into employment or receiving a raise or promotion within 12 months of training.


“At Goodwill, we are proud to support those who have served our country as well as those whose spouses have served or are still on active duty and their families,” said Goodwill Manasota President and CEO Donn Githens. “With the support of the grant from the Bishop-Parker Foundations Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation, we can continue to ensure opportunities exist for all who wish to better their prospects and enjoy life and career success.”