Press Releases

Coronavirus impacts force Goodwill Manasota to reduce its staff

Coronavirus impacts force Goodwill Manasota to reduce its staff

Published Friday, March 27, 2020

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – In response to the significant financial impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Goodwill Manasota has made significant staff reductions, impacting 374 employees – or 52% of its workforce – effective March 27, 2020 until further notice. The affected employees have been placed on temporary furlough. The... more»

Goodwill, Michaelís On East present annual Mardi Gras Gala

Goodwill, Michaelís On East present annual Mardi Gras Gala

Published Friday, February 7, 2020

SARASOTA, FL – Goodwill Manasota and Michael’s On East invite the public to the most anticipated event of the season: the Mardi Gras Gala. This event features authentic New Orleans cuisine, open bar, live Dixieland music and dancing, an array of circus performers, fabulous live auction items, and more. Goodwill’s 2020 Mardi Gras Gala will... more»

Local veteran receives the gift of a car for the holidays

Local veteran receives the gift of a car for the holidays

Published Monday, January 6, 2020

SARASOTA, FL – In December – just before the holidays – Abel Gutierrez, a veteran who has been through very rough times but has received significant assistance from several area nonprofit organizations, was surprised with the gift of a car by SRQ Vets and the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services Program team. Gutierrez moved to Florida... more»

Goodwill employee buys her first home with assistance from area nonprofits

Goodwill employee buys her first home with assistance from area nonprofits

Published Wednesday, December 4, 2019

BRADENTON, FL - For Goodwill Manasota team member Demetrius "Mimi" Williams, there has been plenty of excitement over the past couple of years. Last year, she was working at a Goodwill Bargain Barn when she found $12,270 in cash among donations from a late community member's estate and turned that money in immediately; the story was picked up by the media... more»

Veteransí groups collaborate to brighten the holidays

Veteransí groups collaborate to brighten the holidays

Published Tuesday, November 26, 2019

SARASOTA, FL – On Saturday, December 7th, from 8:30 a.m.-noon, organizations including Goodwill Manasota, SRQ Vets, Vets 2 Success, and VFW 3233 are holding a Christmas Toy Drive & Breakfast at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3233 (124 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota). The organizations are remembering the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor while working... more»

'Change a Life, Save a Life' donation collaboration continues

'Change a Life, Save a Life' donation collaboration continues

Published Monday, November 18, 2019

LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL - Goodwill Manasota and the SunCoast Blood Bank continued their partnership - which launched in September at PGT in North Venice - called "Change a Life, Save a Life." They brought their respective collection vehicles, the "Giving Mobile" and the "Bloodmobile," to the FCCI Insurance Group headquarters in Lakewood Ranch, where employees... more»

Goodwill employee showcases the value of giving a 'hand up'

Goodwill employee showcases the value of giving a 'hand up'

Published Wednesday, November 6, 2019

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Given the opportunity, Courvoisier "CiCi" Malone tends to shine. Yet one youthful mistake almost derailed her potential for life and career success ... until Goodwill Manasota gave her a chance. And on October 17th, during Goodwill Manasota's Community Ambassador of the Year Awards Dinner, Malone will be recognized as... more»

Goodwill Manasota receives grant to support 'Homebuyer's Club'

Goodwill Manasota receives grant to support 'Homebuyer's Club'

Published Friday, November 1, 2019

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota recently received a grant of $4,000 from BankUnited for the Homebuyer's Club program. These funds will support Goodwill's efforts to assist employees who wish to purchase a home. Goodwill's Homebuyer's Club prepares Goodwill employees for home ownership through a long-term program offering education,... more»