Longtime Goodwill Volunteer Honored with Picture on Truck

The Giving Coast

Pictured: (From l-r) Goodwill Manasota President and CEO Bob Rosinsky, longtime volunteer Jo Rita Stevens, and Vice President of Operations Donn Githens during the unveiling of 'Jo Rita's' truck

Recently, a longtime, devoted Goodwill volunteer received the ultimate recognition: her photo on one of Goodwill Manasota's trucks. Jo Rita Stevens, 89, has donated her time and resources to Goodwill for decades - she has contributed more than 50 years of volunteer service and support to the nonprofit. Prior to moving to Sarasota approximately 25 years ago, Stevens was heavily involved in the Goodwill Service Guild in Indianapolis, Ind. She began her involvement as a volunteer as a young mom staying home with two children. Throughout her time volunteering with Goodwill, Stevens learned about working with people with different abilities, and Goodwill’s role in helping them to achieve self-sufficiency and feel the pride of work. In addition to financial support, Stevens has volunteered on numerous committees, proudly represented Goodwill in commercials and print advertisements, and served as an Ambassador for the organization for many years. 

“My service with Goodwill has made me passionate about giving back to the community; the work they do is so incredible," Stevens remarked. "When people think of me, I want them to think of Goodwill. The organization changes lives – just as it has changed mine.” In early July at Goodwill's Corporate Campus in Bradenton, Stevens saw her dream of being featured on a Goodwill truck become a reality. In attendance were members of Goodwill's team, including President & CEO Bob Rosinsky, who said a few words in Jo Rita's honor before photos were taken to memorialize the occasion.

Pictured: (From l-r) Goodwill Manasota President and CEO Bob Rosinsky, longtime volunteer Jo Rita Stevens, and Vice President of Operations Donn Githens during the unveiling of 'Jo Rita's' truck

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