Sarasota/Bradenton Fla. — It might not be Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but Chris Sharek’s Chevy Volt averages 219 miles per gallon, is made in America, and is the car of the future. Sharek will talk about his experience as a green car owner, using renewable energy sources, and supporting the American automotive industry at a luncheon on Friday, April 18 at the Goodwill North Trail Community Room, at 5150 N Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public. To register, please email GoodwillRSVP@gimi.org or call 941.355.2721 ext. 104.
Sharek wrote an e-book in 2013, titled “The Electric Vehicle rEVolution”, which summarizes his first 26,000 miles or almost two years of his electric car ownership experience. During a dedication ceremony for a public charging station in downtown Sarasota, Sharek met the famed author Stephen King, who also drives a Chevy Volt. “When I humbly asked him to autograph a novel for me, Mr. King gladly signed it ‘From one Volt owner to another,’ and he even implied further support after reading the book,” Sharek noted.
“I was tired of hearing people brag about their green vehicles getting 50 MPG, while I was getting more than four times that!” said Sharek. “Americans need to know that there is a vehicle for sale TODAY that gets this kind of mileage and it’s built in Detroit.”
Goodwill is a leader in the going green philosophy and is a pioneer of the recycle, repurpose and reuse concept. Goodwill’s newest location on the North Trail also has two charging stations. Last year, Goodwill diverted more than 37 million pounds from area landfills.
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.