Good News From Robin

It’s Time to Rumble!

Posted on: Monday, May 21, 2018

In 1959, as a kid in Great Falls, Montana, I would ride my pony and enjoy the fresh Montana air. I fell in love with that big Montana sky, especially when I heard a rumble draw so close it shook the ground. My heart would pound with anticipation whenever I heard that loud roar in the sky. Everything around me seemed to shake, including the ground under my little cowgirl boots!

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Reading really is FUN-damental!

Posted on: Sunday, May 6, 2018

How do you recall your childhood school years? Did you have a favorite teacher or, perhaps, a favorite subject? For me, the teacher was Mr. West in fifth-grade math. He wore a bow tie and had white hair and a really distinguished handlebar mustache. 

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Shine like a Diamond

Posted on: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The birthstone for April is the diamond and it’s easily the stone that gets the most attention. To think a diamond starts as a blob of coal is remarkable! All that pressure creating something so beautiful! I like to think of people like ... Read More ⇨

Be The One - Let's Go Places!

Posted on: Thursday, April 5, 2018
The Giving Challenge is back! After a hiatus in 2017, this annual event will be taking place from noon to noon on May 1st - 2nd and is YOUR chance to BE THE ONE to make a difference in our community! The 2018 Giving Challenge is presented by the ... Read More ⇨

Not just the “Luck O’ the Irish”

Posted on: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
March has long been known for its “wearing of the green”, luck of the Irish, and four leaf clovers. Most people think of St Patrick's Day, a celebration of Irish culture on March 17. It also remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland's patron ... Read More ⇨

The Power of Love

Posted on: Friday, February 9, 2018
I like to think that “paying it forward” is one of the many attributes of “love”. Although we tend to only think of Valentines’ Day relating to the month of February, I believe it is so much more! A smile, a hug, a ... Read More ⇨

7 Tips for Safe Shopping Online This Holiday Season

Posted on: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Online Holiday Shopping
It's the most wonderful time of the year... unless the Grinch has had his way with your computer/credit cards! This year - from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday - more than 174 million Americans did their holiday shopping in stores and online. This ... Read More ⇨

Giving Back is Good for Business - Part Three

Posted on: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Ambassador Social
Welcome to the third installment of the "Giving Back is Good for Business" series! This week, I'm going to discuss yet another way businesses can benefit from volunteering with and supporting local non-profit and charitable organizations - ... Read More ⇨

Giving Back is Good for Business - Part Two

Posted on: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Good for your brand
Last week I wrote part one of the "Giving Back is Good for Business" series in which I began discussing the different ways businesses can benefit by volunteering with and supporting non-profits and charitable organizations. This week I will be ... Read More ⇨

Giving Back is Good for Business - Part One

Posted on: Friday, November 10, 2017
TOMS Shoes
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking in one of my former professor's classes at the University of South Florida regarding the importance of getting involved with non-profits and charitable organizations from a business perspective. I thought ... Read More ⇨

Halloween Means You Can Be ANYTHING!

Posted on: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Zombie Daniel
October is here and that means Halloween is just around the corner!! I LOVE Halloween and all the fun that comes with it - spooky decorations, scary movies, candy, and of course COSTUMES! If you're anything like me, store bought costumes aren't your ... Read More ⇨

Circle of Good Friends

Posted on: Friday, September 29, 2017
Circle of Good Friends
Looking for a great way to support your favorite cause? Join Goodwill Manasota's Circle of Good Friends. This is a group of people who support Goodwill Manasota by helping us to have funding year round. Who can join? Anyone! What do you have to do ... Read More ⇨

Not Just After a Storm

Posted on: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
After a hurricane or natural disaster affects a large part of our community, the question is often asked, "Is Goodwill Manasota donating goods to those in need or doing anything to help?" The truth is - WE ARE! Just maybe not in the way you're ... Read More ⇨

Brewed for a Cause

Posted on: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Hero Flight
About a month ago I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at JDubs Brewing Company here in Sarasota. Despite what you might be thinking, I was not there to drink (although they do have the BEST locally brewed beers in town, IMHO). Rather, I was ... Read More ⇨

Going Away to College

Posted on: Thursday, August 24, 2017
It's August and in addition to being super hot outside it's also back-to-school time! Most elementary, middle, and high schools are already back in full swing, but it's right around now when colleges start opening the doors to students moving back ... Read More ⇨

Kindness Community

Posted on: Thursday, July 20, 2017
Kindness Community
Kindness is a beautiful thing. Especially when the whole community embraces it as a way of life! Via a partnership with Goodwill Manasota, the always fabulous and amazing Jacqueline Moore is working to do just that! Founded in 2016, the goal of the ... Read More ⇨

Fabulous Summer Clothing Finds at Goodwill

Posted on: Thursday, July 13, 2017
JCrew Shorts
I always like a good deal. I used to think I was getting a good deal by getting something on sale and using a coupon on top of it. I recently started shopping for clothes at thrift stores and realized that the prices are much lower and don't require ... Read More ⇨

Goodwill + Girl Scouts = A Fashionably Good Time!

Posted on: Thursday, July 6, 2017
The time has come once more for Goodwill Manasota's annual Little Black Dress event! This year, we've teamed up with the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida once again for what promises to be a fantastic and memorable event on Thursday, July 13th. The ... Read More ⇨

Women EmPOWERed Recap!

Posted on: Thursday, June 29, 2017
The Women of Neuro Challenge
Let's take a moment to talk about how awesome the women in our community are. In case you weren't paying attention, Goodwill Manasota just wrapped up an eight week lecture series call Women Empowered. The purpose of the series was to inspire and ... Read More ⇨

Goodwill's Got You Covered All Summer Long!

Posted on: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Sun and Rain
Summer in Florida. The wettest, hottest, most unpredictable time of year to be in the Sunshine State. It's basically impossible to get ready in the mornings without trying to factor in what the weather for the day will bring. Sometimes it's a ... Read More ⇨


Posted on: Friday, May 26, 2017
Sneak Peek
Just last week I was a first-time viewer of HGTV's Flea Market Flip. I was only watching because I forced my mother to watch 4 episodes of Family Feud and she asserted that it was her turn to choose. Little did I know how relevant the content ... Read More ⇨

A Veteran's Wedding to Remember

Posted on: Friday, May 19, 2017
Dancing Couple
Call me crazy - but I wanted to donate a wedding. Not just my services, but an entire wedding to a deserving couple who without assistance, could not have gotten married. The proposal happened on stage at a charity concert, as a surprise to the ... Read More ⇨

Celebrating Our Amazing Ambassadors

Posted on: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Volunteer of the Year
Last week we here at Goodwill Manasota held our annual Ambassador Recognition Luncheon and boy did we recognize our Ambassadors! In total there were almost fifty individuals, businesses, and organizations honored for their hard work and generosity ... Read More ⇨


Posted on: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Golf Clubs
It was brought to my attention that the Masters are happening and apparently in the golf world that’s a big deal. I will be the first to admit I know nothing about golf. My knowledge of the sport begins and ends with the fact that Tiger Woods ... Read More ⇨

Changing Lives Through the Power of WORK

Posted on: Thursday, March 30, 2017
I often write about how Goodwill can help you save money, the FREE classes we offer, and the ways we give back to our local community because I think it’s important to highlight that Goodwill is so much more than just a thrift store. BUT for ... Read More ⇨

Spring Cleaning for the Win!

Posted on: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Is anyone else having issues with their allergies going nuts right now? You know what that means right? Spring is here!! Goodwill Manasota is having a spring cleaning contest where you can win a weeklong getaway to Orlando, but you’ll have to ... Read More ⇨

Your Greenest St. Patrick's Day Yet!

Posted on: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
What are your plans this Saint Patrick’s Day? There is certainly no shortage of Saint Patrick’s Day events to choose from if you’re looking to go out on the town Friday after work. Whether you plan on making your way to the Pub ... Read More ⇨

Goodwill Date Night

Posted on: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
All Leopard Everything
If you were to look up the hashtag #goodwilldate on Instagram, you would be met by hilarious and sometimes awkward images of couples whose clothes look… well a little off to be honest. The reason they look off though is lots of fun. ... Read More ⇨

The Little Black Dress

Posted on: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
After getting such great style advice last week from Kelly Gardner in regard to Mardi Gras, I asked her to share a little more of her fashion expertise with this week’s blog post. Here’s what she has to say about every gal’s ... Read More ⇨

Mardi Gras

Posted on: Friday, February 24, 2017
Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras is this Tuesday! It’s never been a holiday I’ve paid much attention to in the past but THIS YEAR is a whole different story. Now that I work at Goodwill, Mardi Gras is a big deal. For the past twelve years Goodwill’s ... Read More ⇨