Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla. — AAA South is partnering with Goodwill Manasota for its second annual donation drive at four area AAA offices from April 7-April 11. During this time, the public can leave donations for Goodwill at the AAA offices and be entered into a drawing for four passes to Busch Gardens Tampa or SeaWorld Orlando.
Donations of all kinds are encouraged, with an emphasis on children’s books. Larger items, including furniture and cars, can also be donated, with pickup provided by Goodwill, by calling 941.355.2721. Goodwill also accepts non-perishable food items for the benefit of All Faiths Food Bank and Food Bank of Manatee. Tax receipts are available for donations.
“We’re very happy to partner with AAA,” said Bob Rosinsky, president & CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “This initiative will not only bring in much-needed donations, but it will also help to spread the word about the jobs, services and programs that Goodwill Manasota provides to the community through the sale of donated goods. We look forward to getting the word out, about Goodwill’s mission and services, to the hundreds of people who visit AAA offices during this donation drive. It’s a win-win.”
The four locations are:
6210 Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton (941-798-2221; AAA.com/Bradenton);
11531 Palmbrush Trail in Lakewood Ranch (941-756-0606; AAA.com/LakewoodRanch);
3844 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota (941-929-2299; AAA.com/Sarasota); and
2100 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota (941-493-2100; AAA.com/Venice).
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2013, we served more than 16,000 people, placed 537 people in jobs and assisted 329 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $39.3 million. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. We also provide opportunities through numerous programs, such as Donated Goods Employment Services, Job Connection, American Veterans & their Families Initiative, JobsPlus, Supported JobsPlus, GoodwillWorks, White Glove Services, Good Neighbor Program and Ambassadors Program. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 37 million pounds out of the landfill. Goodwill Manasota is legally organized under the laws of the United States and the State of Florida. We are accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is NOT owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit EXPERIENCEGOODWILL.ORG.