Gerhart comes to the organization with great strengths in this area, having spent the last four years at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and 20 years prior to that in the hospitality industry with Marriott, Sheraton and Ramada. Serving as a longtime volunteer for All Children’s Hospital Guild of Sarasota Manatee and numerous other local organizations has given Gerhart key insight into the relationship of volunteers and donors to their chosen charities.
“After being an ardent supporter of Goodwill Manasota for many years – both personally and professionally through my work at the Sarasota Chamber – I am thrilled to be able to formally share its message with the community. Coming from an organization that focuses on growing strong business in our community, Goodwill’s mission of changing lives through the power of work is a natural complement,” said Gerhart.
During her time with the Chamber of Commerce, Gerhart focused on increasing volunteer engagement, development and retention of members. In addition to her professional engagements, she has been very active as a community volunteer for the benefit of numerous nonprofits.
“We are always excited when ambassadors turn into team members, and Morgan Gerhart is no exception,” said Bob Rosinsky, president & CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “She has the passion and motivation to elevate the Goodwill brand and we’re proud to welcome her to the team. Goodwill Manasota will benefit from securing such a well-connected person for this new role, and we can’t wait to watch new partnerships and opportunities unfold.”
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 $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 37 million pounds out of the landfill. For more information, visit EXPERIENCEGOODWILL.ORG.