SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota’s White Glove Service helps people who need a home emptied due to moving, downsizing or a loss in the family. This service – which includes the packing and removal of items – is free and assures those who utilize it that their possessions will be treated with respect. It also has the added benefit of supporting Goodwill’s mission of changing lives through the power of work, as donated items are sold in Goodwill retail stores.
There are occasions when a home does not qualify for the White Glove program due to unsalable items. For these cases, Goodwill Manasota has partnered with Sarasota Junk King for referrals and coupons.
“For anyone going through a life transition, such as the loss of a loved one or downsizing, we will come into your home or business, pack up everything that you would like to donate, remove it and take it all to one of our stores. There is never a charge – it’s a free service – and we provide an itemized receipt for tax purposes. We also provide emotional support to the donors, who are often going through a challenging time,” said Donna Evans, director of donation development for Goodwill Manasota. “But there are occasionally homes that don’t qualify for White Glove, for whatever reason – we are now able to refer the client to a company like Junk King for additional assistance.”
Evans met Michele Postell, office manager of Junk King, through networking events for Realtors in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
“We realized that both companies had an extremely similar passion for keeping the green movement alive. Our company will haul almost anything and everything – excluding hazardous materials – and we give free estimates,” said Postell. “We take whatever the White Glove Service can’t and we are able to send approximately 60 percent of materials collected to be reused or recycled in some way.”
“At Goodwill Manasota, we pride ourselves in creative partnerships within our community. Working with companies such as Junk King shows our commitment to the green movement; they are a ‘green’ waste disposal company,” said Bob Rosinsky, president & CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “We are proud to have partnerships with organizations that have the same desire to improve our environment. In 2013, we diverted 37 million pounds from local landfills, and that is made possible through our relationships with companies like Junk King.”
PHOTO ID: Donna Evans, director of donation development for Goodwill Manasota, and Michele Postell, office manager of Junk King
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 www.experiencegoodwill.org.