SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL — During the recent 2015 Keep Manatee Beautiful Awards Celebration, held at IMG Academy Golf Club in Bradenton, Goodwill Manasota was awarded the “Recycling Award” in the large business category. The award was received in recognition of Goodwill’s local environmental impact and the innovative programs created and implemented by the local nonprofit.
“We are extremely pleased to accept the recycling award from Keep Manatee Beautiful. Goodwill takes items that are no longer needed, resells them and invests those resources back into the local community,” said Bob Rosinsky, president & CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “We pride ourselves on our ability to continuously find ways to creatively and positively impact our local environment.”
Goodwill Manasota’s “Green Initiative” continues a philosophy that began over a century ago, when the first Goodwill was launched. Goodwill is a pioneer of the “reduce, reuse and recycle” movement. Through shoppers, donors and creative partnerships with local businesses, our local Goodwill diverted 39 million pounds from local landfills in 2014. Partners have included Publix, ReQuip Stores, Inc., Junk King, Pioneer Recycling, Suncoast Metal and Symphony Salvage.
One program recently implemented that has enabled Goodwill to divert more goods from area landfills is Tech Connection. Goodwill safely and securely refurbishes donated computers as a licensed Microsoft Registered Refurbisher. Community members are able to purchase these machines at a greatly discounted price and learn from the digital literacy curriculum installed on those computers – and Goodwill has created a new revenue stream to support its mission of changing lives through the power of work.
“Keep Manatee Beautiful holds this annual celebration to honor those who demonstrate community leadership through contributions for litter prevention, beautification and overall environmental improvement in Manatee County,” said Ingrid McClellan, executive director of Keep Manatee Beautiful. “Goodwill Manasota proves how a nonprofit can have a giant impact in our community and we are proud to award them with the recycling award for 2015.”
The award was presented by Martin Emmrich, community awareness committee chairman. During the recognition ceremony, the keynote speaker, IMG Academy’s headmaster and vice president of student affairs Rich Odell, spoke about the importance of the community and efforts to keep the campus and surrounding areas beautiful. Awards presented included public service, landscaping, recycling and green schools.
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 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 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 39 million pounds out of the landfill. 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 Manasota is 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 www.experiencegoodwill.org.