More than $5,000 worth of tools were stolen from three trucks in the organization’s Sarasota facilities lot
(Sarasota/Bradenton, FL) January 9, 2013: Thousands of dollars worth of tools were stolen yesterday from three Goodwill Industries Manasota maintenance trucks parked in the organization’s facilities parking lot in Sarasota. According to a police report, the thieves cut through the parking lot fence, broke into each truck, and helped themselves to more than $5,000 worth of hand tools.
“We are a service-based industry and the shameful theft of these tools hits us hard. But it also strikes at the community we serve,” says Bob Rosinsky, president of Goodwill Manasota, adding that the impact on the bottom line is more than just the cost of the tools. “We’re all victims of this crime. These thieves are preying on the good will of the Sarasota-Manatee community by stealing from a nonprofit that helps thousands of disadvantaged people in our community.”
According to Rosinsky, the tools were not insured for theft. “Unfortunately the tools that were stolen from our vehicles are not covered under insurance. We are looking at an increase in budget of more than $5,000 to replenish the tools and repair the trucks. This was an unconscionable act.”
Rosinsky says that this is an “excellent time for the community to step up and show its goodwill. Your donations can undo the harm that this has caused.”
For information about donating to Goodwill Manasota, call (941) 355-2721 or visit www.ExperienceGoodwill.org.
About Goodwill Manasota:
Goodwill Industries Manasota, Inc., is an industry-leading, not-for-profit business that turns donations into good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods. We accomplish our mission through a network of GoodNeighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. For more than 100 years, Goodwill has provided opportunities through such programs as Donated Goods Employment Services, Job Connection, JobsPlus, Supported JobsPlus, GoodHomes, the HomeBuyer’s Club, Mission Development Services, White Glove Services, GoodNeighbor Program and Ambassadors Program. Goodwill continues to assist people with disabilities and barriers to opportunity by providing good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods. Individual tax-deductible donations to Goodwill Foundation can be made at www.ExperienceGoodwill.org.