SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – In advance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), Goodwill Manasota received a grant to do an independent study on the forecast for jobs in our community for veterans and people with disabilities over the next 3-5 years. The organization asked for feedback from more than 400 area employers.
The results of the study will be shared – in partnership with the Gulfcoast CEO Forum – during the State of Employment Luncheon at Goodwill’s corporate campus (2705 51st Ave. W., Bradenton) on Friday, October 23, 11:30am-1:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.
“While efforts like NDEAM and the Americans with Disabilities Act have improved conditions and opportunities for workers with disabilities, finding meaningful employment continues to be a challenge for many,” said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. “Thanks to increased awareness, beneficial legislation and business owners with the vision to give someone who may have been overlooked elsewhere a chance, millions of Americans with disabilities are able to make important contributions to the workplace every day. We hope that area employers who have concerns about hiring individuals with disabilities will expand their views and open their doors to those who simply need an opportunity to try – and succeed.”
Moderator for the event will be Lisl Liang, editor-in-chief of SRQ Magazine. There will be a panel discussion, featuring local business owners and HR professionals. Special guests at the luncheon will be Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International, and Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity. Goodwill encourages all who are interested to attend and see which companies are doing it right – and learn how much further our community needs to go to be fully inclusive and supportive of veterans and workers with disabilities.
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 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 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 39 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.