We attended the opening of Goodwill Manasota’s new retail store yesterday and it is amazing, first-class and state-of-the art. As it should be. A mission as important as theirs, which we view as in line with our own, making a serious impact in our region every day.
In case there are doubters out there thinking that nonprofits don’t matter to the economy or (worse) they are a drain on the economy, consider this: Goodwill Manasota helped place 537 people in jobs last year and helped 329 veterans return to the workforce. They have had a $81.3 million economic impact in its service area of DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee and Sarasota counties (from the Bradenton Herald).
But back to the matter at hand, the beautiful celebration of their new center’s grand opening. It really is a beautiful and amazing space, complete with:
- 19,000 sq ft retail store
- Special retail areas like the “Boutique” and “Treasure Island”
- 24-hour donation drive-thru
- Jobs Connection Center
- GED classes
- Cashier training
- 16,000 sq ft processing center
- Corporate offices
- Electric car charging station
- Bike and scooter parking
As our mission and programs here at SCC deal with financial stability, we are pleased the Goodwill is making such great strides in jobs and family support with a focus on self-sufficiency, One employee from their “Mission Moment” video summed up what his job at Goodwill means to him: “I know that I can go home from work and not worry about what I’m going to do tomorrow. I know I’m going to come to work, help some people and maybe change some lives.”
Congratulations Goodwill Manasota!