Goodwill Manasota Opens a New Attended Donation Center

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Pictured: Thomas Bloomfield (left), assistant team lead, ADC operations with Jesus Baracaldo, ADC attendant. Courtesy photo/Goodwill Manasota.

On January 20, Goodwill Manasota opened a new 3,650-square-foot attended donation center (ADC) in Nokomis. This is the twentieth of Goodwill Manasota’s ADCs. With this new location, Goodwill hopes to support growth in the area, provide a convenient option for residents to donate gently-used goods, and maximize retail revenues in support of its mission services. Additionally, community members can drop off donations at Goodwill’s retail stores, bookstores, and the veterans services office on north Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota. ADCs play a crucial role in supporting Goodwill’s mission of changing lives through the power of work. Each donation of gently-used goods dropped off at a Goodwill ADC is sold in one of its retail stores in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Hardee counties. The money from those retail sales funds jobs and related programs at Goodwill for workers with barriers to employment, free career services as well as education and training programs through Goodwill’s Community Resource Centers, and services to help veterans reintegrate into their communities, families and jobs. Revenue from Goodwill's retail stores help fund programs such as the Job Connection, American Veterans and Their Families program, the GoodPartner Coach program, and the Supported JobsPlus program.

Goodwill Manasota strives to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and employment. Goodwill programs provide services and support to individuals with various barriers to success, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, so they may exercise their right to lead fulfilling lives and participate fully in their communities. The nonprofit organization chooses to focus on abilities rather than see barriers to success. They believe that everyone deserves the right to live, learn, play and work in the community, with plentiful choices and opportunities.

By shopping at Goodwill Manasota you might find the perfect wardrobe with your favorite brands, one-of-a-kind treasures including paintings, designer jewelry and unique furniture offerings, all while supporting a good cause.

“The community’s support is critical to the work we do: 2,400 donations enable us to create one full-time job,” said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Donn Githens. “We want to ensure the most pleasant and convenient experience for our generous donors and hope the Laurel Square ADC will become a regular stop for community members looking to support a great cause while diverting their gently-used items from area landfills.”

The Laurel Square Goodwill ADC is located at 8479 Precision Drive.

Pictured: Thomas Bloomfield (left), assistant team lead, ADC operations with Jesus Baracaldo, ADC attendant. Courtesy photo/Goodwill Manasota.

For more information, including a listing of all retail locations and donation centers click here.

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