Adams and Reese makes donation to Goodwill Manasota for GED program

Area law firm continues support for Goodwill with contribution to assist Goodwill Job Connection client in earning high school degree

Published Thursday, July 21, 2016

Adams & Reese DonationSARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – The law firm of Adams and Reese has continued its support for the work of Goodwill Manasota with a generous recent contribution to the organization’s Job Connection program. This donation will support Goodwill Manasota’s mission of “changing lives through the power of work” by enabling one client of Goodwill’s Job Connection program – which provides free career services – to attend General Education Development (GED) classes for two semesters.

Adams and Reese is multidisciplinary law firm with nearly 280 attorneys and advisors in 16 offices across 15 markets throughout the southern United States and Washington, D.C.  The firm provides leadership strategies and proactive solutions to clients on a local, regional, national and international level. 

The donation was made possible through Adams and Reese’s philanthropic program, HUGS (Hope, Understanding, Giving, Support).  HUGS was founded in 1988 by partner Mark Surprenant. Since the program’s inception, the firm has devoted financial resources and thousands of volunteer hours to offer assistance to those in need. For example, through HUGS, Adams and Reese has provided holiday gifts to deserving area families identified by Goodwill for the last several years.

“Giving back isn’t something we have to do – it’s something we believe we should do, something we need to do. We recognize that some people need a hand up in order to achieve self-sufficiency,” said Jason Gaskill, Adams and Reese Sarasota partner in charge. “Our team stepped up and made this contribution to Goodwill so that they may continue to help make improvements in the quality of so many lives.”

Through HUGS, more than 100 organizations across the firm’s regional footprint have benefited from the firm’s work and employees’ volunteerism. Each Adams and Reese attorney also strives to perform a minimum of 20 hours of pro bono work annually, helping to make a difference in communities across the United States by serving those who cannot afford legal representation, through the firm’s CA&RE (Caring Adams and Reese Employees) program. 

“We are so inspired by and grateful for the continued generosity of Adams and Reese – this contribution will make a tremendous difference in the life of one of our Job Connection clients. Adams and Reese is a model of corporate social responsibility, always looking for ways that they can give back to the community,” said Veronica Brandon Miller, Goodwill Manasota vice president. “We can’t thank the firm and its employees enough for reaching out to touch the lives of those in need in our community.”


PHOTO ID: (From l-r) Adams and Reese business development manager Laurel M. Corriveau and Sarasota partner in charge Jason Gaskill, with Goodwill Manasota vice president Veronica Brandon Miller


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 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 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 41 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