SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota acknowledged major donors at its annual Legacy Luncheon on January 8, 2016 at the Goodwill Corporate Campus (2705 51st Avenue East) in Bradenton. The event featured keynote speaker Ret. Major General Donald Goldhorn, a veteran with more than 42 years of active and National Guard military service.
Nearly 70 donors attended the private event and listened to Major General Goldhorn’s words of guidance and advice.
“One homeless veteran is one too many. One veteran who can’t find work is one too many. While progress is being made in regards to hiring veterans – thanks to organizations like Goodwill Manasota – there is still so much to be done,” said Major General Goldhorn. “It takes the community working together to reach our veterans, to let them know that it’s our turn to serve them. We also have a commitment to our young people, to ensure that our veterans will feel enabled and proud to have served their country.”
Goldhorn spoke about the barriers many young people face to enlist in the armed forces – as many as 70 percent of young people are ineligible primarily due to deficiencies in education, fitness, criminal activity and drug use. He noted that our military faces a very dim future unless we do something. A particularly sobering statistic he noted was that, in 2014, our country lost more veterans to suicide then we did active soldiers serving in conflict zones.
“We know that one of the major problems facing veterans today is employment: veterans reintegrating back into civilian life are struggling to find work and provide for their families, and that’s unacceptable. Goodwill Manasota is proud to help veterans and their families, thanks to the support of great community leaders, volunteer ambassadors, and our shoppers and donors,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “Recently, we participated in conducting a survey for our local community, the State of Employment study, which focused on the current state and future of hiring for veterans and those with disabilities. We know that we are headed in the right direction, but there is so much more that needs to be done.”
Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program helps eliminate barriers to employment and provides opportunities for higher-paying positions for veterans and their families, as well as connects veterans with crucial social services and support to help them re-integrate into their families, communities and jobs. In 2014, the Veterans Services Program assisted 520 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce.
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.