Changing Lives Through the Power of Work
Goodwill Manasota is part of a social enterprise that began in 1902 and is committed to providing employment, training, and upskilling opportunities for individuals facing significant barriers to self-sufficiency, such as disadvantaging or disabling conditions. Our mission stands on the conviction of Goodwill’s founder, Reverend Edgar J. Helms, who believed that “everyone has the potential to work, and work provides dignity and empowerment for all individuals.” Goodwill Manasota’s services and programs address the unique needs of our local residents by providing
opportunities for a “hand up, not a hand out”–not charity, but a chance.
DONATED GOODS EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Goodwill Manasota provides full and part-time employment and upskilling opportunities for over 700 people, including individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency. Working at Goodwill can lead to internal career advancement or higher-paying jobs outside Goodwill.
GOODPARTNER COACH PROGRAM
Provides life coaching services to all Goodwill employees, including comprehensive family assessment of needs and goal-setting for employees and their family members.
AMERICAN VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES PROGRAM
A veteran-staffed program that helps veterans and their families reacclimate to civilian life. Provides employment, training, case management, basic services for those not seeking employment, and other resources.
Helps individuals with physical, psychiatric, or developmental disabilities gain positive personal and workplace skills while getting paid. The program features workplace accommodations, job access, and life coaches who offer employment, family, and personal counseling.
Free job-placement services to residents seeking community-based jobs. Helps participants assess career goals, prepare resumes and cover letters, identify prospective employers, and conduct successful job interviews.
JOBS PLUS LANGUAGE
Paid employment program for Spanish speakers who have very limited English proficiency. Immerses the individual in an English-speaking environment and provides frequent opportunities to learn and to practice speaking English, while simultaneously earning a competitive wage.