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  • 07 Jan 2021 1:25 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, FL – For exceptional students enrolled at area high schools, the ESE (Exceptional Student Learning) program helps each student with a disability to progress in school as well as prepare for life after school. Thanks to Goodwill Manasota's High School Work Experience Program, ESE students from area high schools and the Easterseals Southwest Florida VIP Academy also benefit from real-life work experience through placements at area Goodwill retail stores. Students gain job skills training, learn the value of teamwork and, for those seeking employment after graduation, have the opportunity to be considered for open positions with Goodwill, all while earning school credit.

    Prior to COVID-19, there were 36 students from Bayshore High School, Booker High School, Braden River High School, Desoto High School, Lakewood Ranch High School, Manatee High School, North Port High School, Palmetto High School, Venice High School, and Easterseals. At this time, students from Bayshore and Venice High are still engaged in the program: Bayshore students are handling work projects on campus, during school hours, and Venice students are working in-store.

    The Bayshore students involved with the school's Career Experience program have been assisting Goodwill remotely. Bayshore's job coach, Bonnie Condor, has been picking up work for the students to handle in her office each week. The students are tearing size, pricing and blank tickets to assist in the sale of items in Goodwill's retail stores.

    Condor reports that there are currently seven students in the Work Experience program. The participants are in grades 10-12 and range in age from 15-20 years old. In addition to the work with Goodwill, the students perform other tasks on campus, such as keeping the construction lab in order and assisting with landscaping as part of a campus science program. The Vocational Rehabilitation representative from the district also works with the students to teach job skills and specific lessons to help transition students from school to employment.

    "It is amazing to see the students develop confidence and a sense of responsibility and pride as they take on these work duties," said Condor. "We are so grateful to Goodwill for seeing our students for their abilities and treating each of them like a valued part of their team. This can only be of benefit as they prepare to go out into the world and be productive members of society!"

    In a typical school year, with students working in stores, the school districts provide transportation to and from the most convenient Goodwill retail location. Previous work experience and skill levels are considered for placement in various departments at the Goodwill store.

    “We are extremely excited about this program: it offers students real-life work experience and, potentially, a job at Goodwill after they graduate, if they are interested in applying,” said Goodwill career development facilitator Morgan Howell. “The students learn important employability skills and gain valuable information about the world of work, such as what they enjoy or don’t enjoy doing, the value of teamwork, and the pride of doing a job well. We are pleased we found a way to continue this program with our Bayshore students, even as the pandemic continues on.”

    For more about Goodwill, go to experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.


  • 07 Jan 2021 10:26 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    DesignRush has concluded the December ranking of the top branding agencies worldwide to help businesses create authentic and unique identities for more online engagement in the upcoming year.

    NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- A recent study on the demand for branding services in 2020 has shown that businesses are investing in brand strategies tailored for digital channels.

    The trend stems from the fast-growing online competition - a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis. As the digital landscape becomes crowded, brands need to engage their audiences through a unique voice and visual identity.

    DesignRush, a B2B marketplace connecting brands with specialized agencies, has published their December ranking of the top branding agencies to help businesses craft unique brand identities with experts and thrive in the digital landscape.  ElephantMark ranked at #15




  • 06 Jan 2021 8:35 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s will offer a new series of free seminars presented by national experts to help those living with Parkinson’s create a tailored plan for living with, preparing for and partnering through a chronic disease. This 5-week virtual series is offered at NO CHARGE and will discuss medical, lifestyle, financial and other strategies to help people with Parkinson's and their caregivers maximize wellbeing, reduce stress and work together effectively. Robyn Faucy-Washington, CEO of Neuro Challenge said, "Neuro Challenge is committed to supporting the Parkinson’s community and providing A Better Approach to Parkinson’s.  We are pleased to offer no-cost, essential programs at a time that is particularly stressful for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers." 


  • 29 Dec 2020 2:52 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, FL – In an effort to help its employees to achieve work and life success, Goodwill Manasota is offering virtual ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes each week for team members whose primary language is not English. These classes, which are taught by instructors provided by the Manatee Literacy Council, are provided while employees are on the clock, at no cost to them.

    The Manatee County virtual ESOL classes launched on December 7; participants gather – while physically distanced – at the Goodwill Cortez, Ranch Lake and Corporate Campus locations. In the upcoming weeks, team members from Goodwill’s Logistics department will be added as well. At that point, there will be 19 employees involved.

    One Goodwill GoodPartner Coach, Pamela Bavo, reports that, this year, Goodwill Manasota employs over 70 (about 10% of its workforce) team members who do not speak English as their primary language. She notes that many employees with limited English language proficiency come from diverse work histories – including engineers, pharmacists or veterinarians – who can’t pursue those careers here because of the language barrier or because their credentials don’t meet U.S. requirements.

    “We want to assist our non-English speakers in improving their language skills so that they can enroll in our training programs, get promotions at Goodwill and/or gain the skills and certifications they need to re-enter the industry they worked in before coming to the U.S.,” Bavo said.

    Team member Aidaly Arias-Pluas, who works as a sorter/hanger at Goodwill’s Corporate Campus store in Bradenton, came to the U.S. from Ecuador 14 years ago. Her former jobs did not require her to speak English and none offered her the opportunity to learn.

    “I want to learn English because I want to be able to communicate with my supervisors and co-workers in English, and be understood. I want to take advantage of this benefit because I think it will make me a better employee,” Arias-Pluas said. “Even though I am not so young, I believe I am still young enough to learn something new – something that will help me communicate with and understand others.”

    Michelle Desveaux McLean, executive director of the Literacy Council, points out that – according to the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) – 20% of adults living in Manatee County are at or below the lowest literacy level. She also notes that a child of low literate parents is 72% more likely to be low literate themselves.

    “Most people are shocked to learn that there are more than 30 million adults in the U.S. that read, write and do basic math below a third-grade level. Low literacy skills hold people back in all areas of their lives and, what’s worse, it’s generational,” McLean said. “We’re here to break that cycle and give people in our community a chance to reach their full potential.”

    McLean admits that, when the pandemic forced the Literacy Council to move its services online, a number of the organization’s tutors did not feel comfortable working on a digital platform. In order to continue learning, the Literacy Council added five virtual “Confident Conversation” classes every week, providing a valuable resource for people needing to improve their conversational English while having the added benefit of helping tutors to feel more confident in a virtual classroom.

    For Bavo, one of the biggest benefits of Goodwill’s on-the-clock training is that it showcases the organization’s commitment to invest in its team. “It shows workers they are valued and that their success is important to Goodwill,” she said.

    Visit experiencegoodwill.org for more about Goodwill’s programs and services.

  • 16 Dec 2020 9:25 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Leapfrog Group released its Fall 2020 hospital report cards today, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital again earned an A for patient safety. Sarasota Memorial has earned straight A’s since it began participating in Leapfrog’s hospital safety survey in 2016. Sarasota Memorial President and CEO David Verinder attributes the SMH’s continued success to the entire hospital team, the health system’s governing board and ongoing community support. “We have always placed the utmost importance on the safety of our patients and staff,” he said. “No matter the challenge, our team always comes together to put the community first and ensure we are providing the best care to people living on the Suncoast.” 

  • 16 Dec 2020 9:23 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Shutts & Bowen LLP’s Sarasota office recently participated in two different holiday initiatives aimed at bringing joy to foster children and the elderly in their community.  Working with One More Child, an organization dedicated to providing services to vulnerable children and struggling families, the Sarasota office collected approximately $700 worth of toys and gifts to supply to foster children in the community for the holidays. In addition to the successful toy drive, the office signed and delivered 200 Christmas cards to the Pines of Sarasota, a local, not-for-profit assisted living facility.  

  • 14 Dec 2020 1:57 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Everglades University - Sarasota Campus recently partnered with Goodwill Manasota's Veterans Services program to collect business clothing and personal items for Goodwill’s Suits for Vets program. The donation drive resulted in the collection of suits and various clothing items for men and women as well as personal items such as deodorant, baby wipes and hand sanitizer, so that veterans served through Goodwill can put their best foot forward during job interviews.

    At Everglades University, students, staff and faculty choose a nonprofit to support each month. The Suits for Vets charitable effort is a particularly good fit for the campus: Everglades University is a yellow ribbon school, welcoming many veterans who are on campus getting their education after serving our country. The partnership was cemented after school representatives visited the Veterans Services program office several years ago and heard how Goodwill works to address critical needs of the local veteran population.

    “The Everglades University Sarasota Campus has a significant military population and we are proud to continue our partnership with Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services program and participate in its Suits for Vets donation drive,” said Caroline King, Campus Vice President. “EU Sarasota is honored to support veterans who served so bravely to protect our freedom as they transition into the workforce. We want to thank our Armed Forces community and honor their service to our country.”

    “As a veteran, it means so much to me that there are organizations out there willing to reach out to and generously support our veterans community,” added Todd Hughes, Veterans Services program manager. "We thank the students, staff and faculty of the Sarasota campus of Everglades University for this generous donation of clothing and other items, which will help veterans who are trying to find their way back into the workforce – or who are seeking better opportunities – to feel more confident during the job search."

    Goodwill’s Veterans Services program works to help eliminate barriers to employment, provide opportunities for higher-paying positions for veterans and their families, and connect veterans with needed social services. It also offers plentiful networking opportunities and emergency financial assistance – which is particularly important as already at-risk veterans face COVID-19-related challenges.

    For more about Goodwill's Veterans Services program, go to experiencegoodwill.org/impact/veterans-services.


  • 09 Dec 2020 10:30 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Florida-based Crown Roofing is pleased to announce that Kelly Wade has been named CEO of its suite of companies and consultant to Crown Capital Management, effective November 23, 2020. She is  the first female CEO of a national roofing company (North American Roofing).“We are excited to bring Kelly’s experience and style to Crown,” said Guil Geneau, Co-Founder and former President of Crown Roofing. ”She has created structured, sound organizations that have proven to be highly successful at growth. I’m personally proud of what we’ve created at Crown, but I recognize the need for an effective leader to take us to the next level.”  


  • 08 Dec 2020 3:21 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – In an effort to help lift working people with low to moderate incomes, Goodwill Industries International (GII) is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s (USCCF) Center for Education and Workforce to increase employee access to the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Through GII, Goodwill Manasota applied – and was one of just five Goodwill organizations in the country to be selected – for a pilot program to explore how employers can help workers apply for and use EITC in conjunction with employer benefits and other government safety net benefits.

    The EITC is designed to reward work. In 2018 it was credited with lifting 5.6 million people out of poverty, including 3 million children, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The credit reduced the severity of poverty for another 16.5 million working adults and their children.

    With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the USCCF is exploring how to leverage employer HR benefits and technology tools along with nonprofit partnerships to improve the financial stability and economic advancement of low and moderate-income workers and their families. Starting with federal and state EITCs, this project is exploring how activating employer partnerships and leveraging human resource benefits and tools can help workers apply for and use EITC in conjunction with employer benefits and other government safety net benefits.

    The pilot program seeks to: increase the percent of EITC-eligible workers who file taxes and claim EITC benefits; reduce the time and cost of filing taxes and claiming EITC benefits; reduce the error rate in claiming EITC benefits; and increase the percent who use their EITC benefits to improve their financial wellness including reducing debt and increasing savings.

    “We were proud to have been selected to participate in the pilot program, especially since it will help us to enhance the resources available to our employees, such as career and life coaching, financial literacy, job skills training, and free tax preparation,” said Margie Genter, vice president of mission services, who will spearhead the program for Goodwill Manasota. “Our mission is to change lives through the power of work; through our comprehensive suite of workforce supports, we are able to positively impact the careers, earnings and lives of our team members and their families.”

    Goodwill Manasota leaders estimate that at least 350 of its employees are EITC-eligible. For more about Goodwill, go to experiencegoodwill.org.



  • 19 Nov 2020 8:46 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

     This year, the Tidewell Foundation, Inc. is giving back to the community by hosting a free Giving Tuesday Community Celebration featuring New York Times bestselling author and speaker, Ben Nemtin. The virtual event, underwritten by Lincoln Financial Group, takes places from 9am-10am Tuesday, December 1st. Beginning with this event and running throughout the month of December, people who wish to support Tidewell's not-for-profit mission to provide world-class care to those who need it most will have the opportunity to double their impact thanks to a $20,000 dollar-for-dollar challenge match made possible by the Quent and Helen Evans Charitable Fund at Gulf Coast Community Foundation. 






Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

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