SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota recently received a grant of $20,000 from the Mildred & Bernard Doyle Charitable Trust to assist in hiring an additional Job Connection specialist at the new Goodwill Job Connection office at its corporate campus in Bradenton.
The purpose of a Job Connection specialist is to act as a career counselor and provide comprehensive support and training for individuals with significant barriers to employment. Goodwill Manasota’s Job Connection Centers are the only local providers of free, one-on-one counseling with detailed skills training and job placement services. Goodwill works with local agencies, companies and individuals to increase employment in the community. In 2013, Goodwill placed over 500 people in jobs and assisted more than 300 veterans with employment-related services or in helping them to connect to appropriate services through Veterans Affairs.
“Goodwill’s Job Connection Centers bring us great pride because they help us carry out our mission of changing lives through the power of work. When you have a job you have stability, pride and a paycheck – and that leads to self-sufficiency,” said Bob Rosinsky, president & CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “Our Job Connection services are funded by our donors and shoppers, along with community-minded companies such as the Doyle Charitable Trust. We are appreciative of this grant as it will allow us to continue creating employment as we increase the positive impact to our community.”
Job Connection specialists assist job seekers in assessing aptitude, interests, education and credentials they need for success in the workplace. The specialists then match those job seekers with local employers. Clients are helped with other barriers to employment including transportation, childcare and housing, as the specialists work with them to create a plan and a timeline. The individuals connected with jobs through Goodwill in 2013 were hired at an average salary of $10.50.
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.