SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – From November 15 to November 21, when shoppers at Children’s World and Children’s World Uniform Supply mention Goodwill, 20% of their purchases will benefit Goodwill Manasota. Tim and Cynthia Holliday, owners of Children’s World, are Goodwill Ambassadors and chose to highlight the nonprofit during their annual “Give Back” days. The partnership between the local business and Goodwill has not only resulted in an opportunity to provide financial support for Goodwill’s mission, but the Hollidays have also created multiple job opportunities for local veterans.
Showcasing great corporate social responsibility, Tim and Cynthia recently utilized Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program to hire their fourth veteran through the program. Latrecia Jackson, a veteran and single mother of two daughters, Kayla, 17, and Ava, 3, recently moved to Sarasota from Columbia, S.C. After their plans for housing fell through, Jackson turned to several area agencies and found help through Goodwill’s Veterans Services, Job Connection and new Homeless Veterans Reintegration programs, and Jewish Family & Children’s Service.
With no immediate plans for housing and an unreliable car, and while struggling to find a job, Jackson was connected to Tim and Cynthia through Goodwill’s Veterans Services Advisor. After interviewing with the Hollidays, Jackson was hired the same day and is excelling in her new role in the embroidery department.
“When we looked for the ideal person for our open position, we knew we needed someone to understand that the job was fast-paced, and that our small company relies on everyone working together. Latrecia fits right in and has been a great addition to the team. Her attitude is pleasant, upbeat and she is just a ball of fire. She learns quickly and has exceeded expectations,” said Tim Holliday. “I’ve really enjoyed working with Goodwill’s Veterans Services and Job Connections programs because they find good quality people who are ready for employment. Goodwill works quickly and follows up to make sure they are holding up their end of the process.”
The feeling is mutual, as Jackson is enjoying her new role. Plans are in place to move her and her daughters into a house before the end of the month.
“We are better off now than we ever were – this community is amazing. Before we were just surviving and now we are thriving,” said Jackson. “The Hollidays will never know how much this opportunity has meant to my girls and me – I knew I wanted to find a job that would help me provide for them, but I didn’t expect to find something that I really enjoyed around people who lift my spirit. This has been such a huge blessing.”
Jackson notes that she is grateful for all of the assistance she received when she was in need. She says that once the family is settled into their new home and she is situated with her car, she plans to give back to the community that helped her so much.
The Hollidays are happy to have filled a crucial position with such a worthy candidate. They appreciate veterans because of their training and background: they are usually great at following procedures, are respectful and are capable of handling a fast-paced environment. It is also worth mentioning that Tim’s father served in the Coast Guard then worked for 25 years as a civilian for the Navy, and his brother served in the Army.
In addition to being Goodwill Ambassadors; Tim and Cynthia are also involved with the Child Protection Center, Hope Kids, Toys for Tots, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, the Girl Scouts and more. Their teenage daughter, who is a Girl Scout, is also extremely involved in community service and is a Goodwill Youth Ambassador.
“We are grateful to our business partners for their support of our mission of changing lives through the power of work,” said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. “In addition to their sales promotion, the Hollidays are creating employment opportunities for Veterans. Our partnership with Children’s World is just one way we are helping our heroes reintegrate back into civilian life, find their place in our community and enjoy self-sufficiency.”
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.