SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill is proud to be a leader of the “reduce, reuse, recycle” movement all year long. In 2016, Goodwill Manasota who subsidizes their mission of changing lives through the power of work through the sale of donated goods, partnered with local organization, Family Promise of Sarasota to refurbish and resell their unused computer equipment.
“We were thrilled to know that the computer equipment that we were not able to use and was taking up valuable space here, could be repaired and actually make a difference in someone’s life, and to help create work for those in need,” commented Family Promise of Sarasota Executive Director, Caroline Chambliss.
In 2015, Goodwill diverted more than 41 million pounds of unwanted goods – including computers and components, textiles, books, glass, furniture, electrical items, plastic and metal – from area landfills. Every item that is donated to Goodwill helps to fund job training programs and services in communities throughout our service area. Whatever is donated to Goodwill and can’t be sold is recycled.
“We are always searching for innovative ways to transform our local economy and advance our mission,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “One of the most effective ways to have a large impact is through partnerships with local, like-minded organizations; we are proud to work with other non-profits, such as Family Promise that have the same desire to operate in a more environmentally-friendly manner.”
Tech Connection is Goodwill Manasota’s innovative program to recycle, refurbish and resell donated computers and equipment. This program, launched in 2015, has contributed significantly to Goodwill Manasota’s efforts to divert items from landfills. In 2016 to date, Goodwill’s Tech Connection service has diverted nearly 17,000 pounds of computers and components from area landfills.
“This generous donation of computers by Family Promise allows us to provide additional benefit for our community by increasing access to digital literacy and technology needs,” said Bob Rosinsky, Goodwill Manasota’s president and CEO. “Goodwill Manasota is proud to offer programs and services needed by the community. The Tech Connection enhances our efforts toward zero waste by enabling our customers to donate their office or personal computers which can then be refurbished and resold at an affordable cost.”
Photo ID: Goodwill Manasota Tech Connection located at 8750 East State Road 70 in Bradenton
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.