Mission: The mission of Goodwill Industries-Suncoast is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work.
Target demographics: People with all types of barriers to employment.
Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016, Goodwill-Suncoast:... placed 4,299 people in jobs in the community and served 52,692 people.
Geographic areas served: Serving the people of West Central Florida, including the following counties: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Pasco, Hernando, Marion, Citrus, Levy, Sumter and Highlands
Programs: Goodwill-Suncoast's successful donated goods retail operation helps support its human services including employment services and training programs for people with disabilities, affordable apartment communities, community corrections programs and a children's literacy program.
I love going to read to children who may have no books at home to call their own. I also volunteer at the local library and got a laugh out of a little boy who stared at me (when I was working there); he nudged his mom, saying, "See? I told you she lives at the library!"
"Bookworks" a part of Goodwill Industries is topnotch. This volunteer program is dedicated to stamping out illiteracy in every household. I feel privileged to be a "reader" volunteer in the schools and to be a part of this great program. Hurrah and five stars for "Bookworks".
Goodwill's Bookworks Program builds a love of reading literacy for preschool children in Wildwood. The anticipation and joy of each reading day carries over to the children's home as they receive a free book to build their own home library. The benefits of this worthwhile program adds to a foundation of learning for the future of these children. I'm proud to be associated with them.
I am a volunteer in the Bookworks program. Here in the electronic age it is so important for children to be exposed to appreciating books. We visit daycare centers and read to the children. When the reading session is over, each child receives a book to take home. The books are donated to Goodwill, where other volunteers sort and clean the books. The children really look forward to the reading sessions, and so do I. Thank you Goodwill.