JFCS Honors Chris Davis at Veterans Award Luncheon
BRADENTON/SARASOTA, Fla. – Christopher Davis, Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Program Manager, was one of four veterans honored by the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast, Inc. (JFCS) at its Tribute to Veterans Service to Community Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 27 at Michael’s on East.
The awardees were selected from the community for their ability to inspire patriotism, provide service to others and offer hope to veterans while demonstrating collaboration, leadership and integrity.
“I am humbled to be recognized along with other outstanding individuals,” said Davis. “This award exemplifies the many ways Goodwill improves the lives of veterans and the nation.”
Chris Davis served 14 years with the U.S. Army as a Senior Intelligence Analyst. Deployed a total of seven times to Iraq and Afghanistan, he has compiled an impressive list of awards and decorations, which include two Bronze Star Medals, the Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Expert Infantryman’s Badge. Today, Davis assists military members and their families as they transition into civilian life.
Davis also began a 2,185-mile journey hiking the Appalachian Trail on May 28 to boost awareness about veterans’ issues and to raise funds for the American Veterans and Their Families Initiative. Davis is estimating it will take five months to walk from Mt. Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Ga.
“Despite his own personal challenges, Davis is distinguished for how he works with and supports other veterans,” said Bob Rosinsky, president & CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “He has a talent for helping people improve and the patience to help them understand that they can achieve their goals and become a valued citizen in the community.”
Other award recipients include Richard R. Alvarez, SSG, MSG, US Army; Andy Hooker, SPC 5th Class, US Army; and John C. O’Brien, COL (Ret.), US Army. Each awardee is dedicated to working in the nonprofit sector representing organizations such as Kirby Stewart American Legion Post 24, Sarasota County Veterans Commission and the Military Offices Association of Sarasota.
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. Goodwill has provided opportunities through such programs 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.
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