SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota recently broke ground on its newest attended donation center (ADC), to be located at 1160 Jacaranda Boulevard in Venice. The 2,000 square-foot facility will provide southern Sarasota County residents with another convenient location for dropping off donations of unwanted goods. Construction will continue through the winter, with completion expected by spring of 2017.
“The revenue from the sales of donated goods funds job training programs and support services that help people with barriers to employment to achieve and maintain economic independence and enjoy an increased quality of life,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “By opening this new facility, Goodwill is making it easy and convenient for people to donate, and is creating new jobs in the community at the same time. These locations are vital to our mission of changing lives through the power of work.”
The new ADC, designed by Randall Paul Sample Architect, is being built by NDC Construction as the construction manager. This facility will bring the total of Goodwill Manasota attended donation centers to 36 in its service area of Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Hardee counties.
The new ADC at Jacaranda will replace the current Venice Pines ADC, creating a more convenient covered drive-through drop-off location. The new facility will employ three team members and has the potential to increase the number of donations to Goodwill Manasota by more than 5,000 annually.
Items donated to Goodwill are sold in retail stores throughout the region, supporting programs and services that enable the organization to assist individuals with disabilities, veterans, or those with other barriers to employment. For more information, call (941) 355-2721 or go to experiencegoodwill.org.
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 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 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 41 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.