SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Through an ongoing partnership with Goodwill Manasota, representatives from Wells Fargo are donating their time and expertise each month to teach free workshops in area Goodwill community rooms. This month, in honor of back to school, Wells Fargo representatives will present a workshop titled “Preparing for College” on four different dates at locations throughout the community.
For many people, a college education is one of the biggest expenses in their lifetime, one for which they are often unprepared financially. “Preparing for College” is designed to help those looking to go to college for the first time and those who wish to pursue continuing education. Attendees will learn about the resources available to help fund educational goals as well as how to understand the often confusing and complicated FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process. Facilitators will also explain how to gain exclusive access to more than seven million scholarships and grants.
“Wells Fargo is committed to helping students with their financial needs in college and beyond,” said Jason Russ, program consultant for Wells Fargo. “For those looking to go to college, this is a time when many are learning the skills they need as they prepare for the next stage in their life. Essential to their success is having a strong foundation in managing their finances – that’s where we may be able to make a difference.”
Dates and locations for the workshop are as follows:
• Tuesday, August 22, 4:00 p.m., Venice Community Room (676 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice)
• Wednesday, August 23, 4:00 p.m., North Sarasota Community Room (5150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota)
• Thursday, August 24, 10:00 a.m., Honore Community Room (1704 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota)
• Friday, August 25, 2:00 p.m., Lakewood Ranch Community Room (8750 E. State Road 70, Bradenton)
Past workshops that Goodwill and Wells Fargo have collaborated on have included “Get Smart About Credit,” “First Time Home Buying” and “Managing Your Money: Saving and Budgeting Strategies.”
“We admire those in the community who are would like to better the prospects for themselves and their families through education. However, the costs associated with a college degree can seem overwhelming,” said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. “We are grateful to corporate partners like Wells Fargo who have partnered with us to inform and empower community members to reach higher and achieve their dreams. Education is truly the gift that keeps on giving.”
To register for any of these dates, visit experiencegoodwill.org/classes. To learn more about Wells Fargo and the services it provides, visit wellsfargo.com/about.
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 2016, Goodwill Manasota served 28,207 people, placed 755 people in jobs and assisted 240 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $92.1 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted more than 40 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.