“Last year Goodwill was able to assist over 37,000 people,” says Goodwill Chief Operating Officer Rick Evanchyk. “We couldn’t do that without the support of our donors and shoppers.”
The expansion of a new store created 24 new jobs for the organization including several supervisor positions. Goodwill originally had two stores in Port Charlotte, but one was destroyed in 2004 by Hurricane Charley.
As of 3:00 p.m. opening day, the store had received over 243 donations and had 503 transactions which could provide services such as over twenty months of income-subsidized housing for a person with a physical disability or more than 22 Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy students with developmental disabilities a 2-week paid internship in Goodwill stores or offices.
“This store furthers our commitment to the Port Charlotte community,” says Brian Hobbs, the store’s manager. “I’m looking forward to being part of that community.”
Attendees of the opening weekend (May 22-25) can enter for a chance to win an iPod Nano. A total of four winners will be chosen.
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. is committed to assisting people with disabilities and disadvantages by providing life-changing opportunities to achieve independence. Revenue generated at Goodwill’s 30 Retail & Donation Centers supports Job-Link centers, income-sensitive housing for senior citizens and people with disabilities, the SWFL MicroEnterprise project, the L.I.F.E. Academy charter school, and other programs. For store locations and more information about Goodwill’s mission visit www.goodwillswfl.org.