SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota recently hosted three groups of visitors from “Classroom on Wheels,” a course in adult and community enrichment offered by Sarasota County Technical Institute. The program provided an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Goodwill Manasota and the mission behind the donated goods business.
“We are always looking for opportunities to connect with those in our community, and to teach them about our mission to change lives through the power of work,” said Bob Rosinsky, president & CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “It’s important to remember that the biggest champions of Goodwill are those who donate and shop, who don’t always realize that they are helping us to place people in jobs. This is a great way to remind them of why their donations and support means so much to us – they are helping us employ family, friends and neighbors in our local community.”
“We were thrilled to receive an invitation from Goodwill to add them to the list of organizations we visit through Classroom on Wheels. Goodwill’s new corporate campus is very impressive,” said Brenda Lee Hickman, Classroom on Wheels instructor. “The staff was extremely helpful and answered all of our students’ questions. They were honest, thorough and informative when telling us about the organization. It’s safe to say many of our participants came away with a new understanding of and appreciation for this local nonprofit.”
During the three separate visits, 102 visitors learned about the history, mission and involvement of Goodwill Manasota, and enjoyed a tour of the retail store and corporate campus.
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.