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Spring 2012

Giving Makes Cents for Schools

Shore Acres Elementary students drop off donations at their school. In just one month, the St. Petersburg school collected more than a ton of donations for Goodwill, earning hundreds of dollars for its PTA.

A new Goodwill program allows schools to bring in some green while going green. The Giving Makes Cents program pays schools for each pound of clothing or household items donated to Goodwill. Here’s how it works: Students, family members or members of the community take donations to a Goodwill bin at participating schools. Or they take items to a designated Goodwill donation center and mention that they’re donating on behalf of the school. The donations are weighed and Goodwill gives the school a monthly check for the pounds donated. Since the program was introduced in November, the following schools have joined in: North Shore Elementary and Shore Acres Elementary in St. Petersburg, Clearwater High School and Oak Grove Middle School in Clearwater, MacFarlane Park Magnet Elementary in Tampa, Brooker Elementary in Brandon and Imagine School at Land O’ Lakes. During the first three months of the program, schools collected 6,172 pounds of donations and earned hundreds of dollars. Equally important, participating schools are doing their part to keep the planet healthy while supporting Goodwill’s mission of helping people achieve their full potential. Some teachers are linking the program to lesson plans about recycling, tying in the fact that Goodwill repurposes billions of pounds of clothing and other items that may otherwise end up in landfills. Schools or other organizations throughout Goodwill-Suncoast’s service area are invited to participate in the Giving Makes Cents program. To find out more, please contact donations.department@ or call toll-free (888) 279-1988, ext. 1440.

Art Classes Reveal Smiles and Imagination

Art instructor Lisa Mayo helps Jimmy Brochu compose his photo collage. Below, Robert Helmuth creates a board that tells the story of his experiences at Dunedin Fine Art Center.

Besides earning paychecks at Goodwill, participants in Goodwill’s Adult Day Training program in St. Petersburg have been enjoying another activity. Each week, for about an hour, the participants – each with varying degrees of ability – give voice to their artistic sides in classes at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. The Center partners with Goodwill to offer art classes in six-week sessions. The classes have included lessons in sculpting, photography, stamping and paint. On a recent Tuesday morning, instructor Lisa Mayo led a class in simple photography and photo composition. The participants were guided to create a “photo board” that included photos of themselves, photos of the art center, logos and stamps. They cut, glued, colored and stamped to make their own unique creations. “You glue, I turn. Teamwork, right?” said the instructor Lisa to Vickie Mann, a Goodwill trainee. In an earlier class, Lisa taught the participants how to make “sun prints” with light-sensitive paper that is “developed” in water. So far, though, the hands-down favorite class was one when participants learned to sculpt with clay. “We made vases,” said Jimmy Brochu. “It was fun!” The vases were sculpted, glazed and fired, then decorated to each individual’s taste with raffia and beads. Each art project becomes a treasured keepsake for the talented creators. “It’s amazing to watch them progress,” says Lisa. “The reward is when they realize what fun it is to let go and be creative.” If you’d like to sponsor an art class, please contact Jim Williams, vice president for fund development, at (888) 279-1988, ext. 1050. When Goodwill needed help with the Toast to Goodwill social mixer (see article P. 2), the creative sides of our Adult Day Training participants came out in full force. Charged with painting dozens of coffee mugs, they tackled the activity with enthusiasm.The mugs were used as a small parting gift for all who attended the evening event. The colorful cups were a big hit with guests, especially those who had just learned about our programs for adults with disabilities.

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Spring 2012

Older Workers Are Assets to Business Dear Friends,

R. Lee Waits President and CEO Charlie Robinson, Jr. Board Chair Members of the Board Lee Bell, CPA Joshua Beyer Mark W. Brown Renee H. Dabbs Steven M. Erickson Tom Falone, IV Mark E. Gauthier Martin W. Gladysz Paul Horowitz Oscar J. Horton Karl Koch Richard E. Ludwig John Maceovsky, CPA John McCaugherty David E. Murphy Carole Philipson Ed Rader Charlie Robinson, Jr. Timothy Salzsieder Loreen M. Spencer Robert G. Stern, Esq. Bob Wabbersen Rep. Will Weatherford John H. Whitcomb

Our Mission: To help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. Opportunities is a quarterly publication for friends and employees of Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. Michael Ann Harvey Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations (727) 523-1512, ext. 1010 michael.harvey@

Last month, Goodwill Industries International became the co-sponsor of a federal program that promotes the hiring of senior workers. Goodwill’s mission is to help people with various employment challenges find work and to enjoy the dignity, pride and purchasing power that go hand-in-hand with employment. Older workers have had greater challenges weathering the economic recession. They have experienced layoffs in greater numbers and have had a harder time becoming re-employed. Goodwill organizations nationwide have long advocated the value of older workers, whose experience and loyalty are assets to business. Goodwill-Suncoast partners with both AARP and Experience Works

In Memoriam John Delguzzo passed away Jan. 24, not long after retiring from the truck driver position he had held at Goodwill since 1997. John’s co-workers at Goodwill say he was known for his “sense of humor, stale doughnuts and making a long story even longer.” John got along well with everyone and provided excellent customer service to the Pasco County area. He will be missed. Robert Mahn, Sr., a skills trainer at Goodwill’s Adult Day Training center in Lakeland, passed away Jan. 31. Long before coming to Goodwill, Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and received the National Defense Service Medal. Foregoing retirement, he went on to work for Goodwill where he provided clients with endless kindness, patience and support. Bob’s absence will be deeply felt. Woodrow V. Register (Woody) passed away Feb. 19. He served on Goodwill-Suncoast’s board of directors from 1978 to 1985. Upon his retirement from the board, Woody was given the honorary title of Life Member (now Director Emeritus) in recognition of his exceptional service to Goodwill. He is remembered as a real Goodwill supporter and a good friend.

senior employment programs to provide opportunities to older workers in Goodwill stores and offices. Our workforce programs in Pasco and Hernando counties match seniors with federal funding available for retraining in new careers. Many of Goodwill-Suncoast’s employees are “senior” in years, and we are the fortunate beneficiaries of their long experience, wisdom and work ethic. We encourage business owners and HR decision-makers to join us in giving older workers equal opportunity to participate in America’s economic recovery. Sincerely,

R. Lee Waits President and Chief Executive Officer

Sparkling Supporters Some people support Goodwill by making financial gifts or donating things they no longer need. Others give of their time. Jeanne and Ed Mansfield do these things and more. Jeanne became acquainted with Goodwill when she saw a newspaper article about Goodwill’s preschool literacy program. She donated books and eventually started volunteering for the program. Yet it was taking a tour of Goodwill’s St. Petersburg headquarters that really opened her eyes. “I see Goodwill touching so many lives and helping so many people,” she says. “It’s just staggering.” The more Jeanne and Ed MansAlthough Jeanne is normally shy, she field learn about Goodwill’s work never misses an opportunity to tell people in the community, the more they about the difference Goodwill makes in value the organization. the community. After hearing about all that Goodwill does, her husband also lent his support. In fact, the St. Petersburg couple decided to remember Goodwill-Suncoast in their estate plans. “You really get value for your dollars when you donate here,” says Jeanne. “Goodwill does so much, and they’re so successful at it. It’s a great, great organization.” For information about making a financial gift to Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, please contact Jim Williams, vice president for fund development, at (888) 279-1988, ext. 1050, or e-mail

Chris Ward, Editor (727) 523-1512, ext. 1011

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A Toast to Goodwill

Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer that provides services without regard to race, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, socioeconomic status or disability. If you need accommodation or assistance in accessing any area of employment or program services, please let us know.

John McCaugherty and his wife Lauri opened their lovely lakeside home in Odessa to friends of Goodwill on March 8. The social gathering was attended by about 40 donors, volunteers and business professionals who enjoyed an evening of music, food and new friends. John is president of Hawkins Construction and co-chair of the Goodwill Board of Directors Fund Development Committee. Goodwill President and CEO Lee Waits shared with guests Goodwill’s history, mission, and current challenges. Fine wines were donated by Time for Wine, and Goodwill’s own Good to Go Catering provided a creative buffet of hors d’oeuvres. At evening’s end, each guest received a beverage mug handpainted by participants in Goodwill’s training programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

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Earth Day

Go green with Goodwill! When you support Goodwill by donating or shopping, you’re also helping the planet by repurposing items. In honor of Earth Day, we thanked our donors by offering a free, brand new reusable shopping tote to anyone who donated to Goodwill during Earth Day Weekend – April 21 and 22. For our donation locations, please visit www.goodwill-suncoast. org.

An organic vegetable garden brings fun and camaraderie to residents of Freedom Village I in Pinellas Park.

A Garden of Goodwill Three mornings a week, residents of Goodwill’s Freedom Village I tend to their very own garden of organic vegetables and herbs. The spacious garden allows the residents to meet and mingle with each other, learn the ins-and-outs of gardening, and see the “veggies of their labor.” Freedom Village I, in Pinellas Park, is one of five Goodwill-Suncoast apartment communities for people with disabilities. Its new garden offers something for everyone: Besides eight planting beds, one side of the garden is entirely raised, offering a chance for residents in wheelchairs to water and weed. “Everyone who wants to can contribute,” says Donna Miller, Goodwill’s service coordinator at the community. The garden club, she says, is up to about 12 members from five originally. Residents hand-water the garden using rainwater from two cisterns. They enthusiastically name off all the herbs and vegetables currently growing: radishes, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, beans, onions, celery, peppers, cucumbers, basil, rosemary, thyme and cilantro. There are even nasturtiums, an edible flower. Once the first crop is harvested, the residents plan to make a soup for everyone in the building to enjoy. Subsequent crops will be donated to a church soup kitchen. Besides being a healthy hobby, the garden is bringing people together and giving residents something meaningful to work on during the day. “The garden has brought so much harmony,” says Jayne Webber, housing manager at Freedom Village I. “It’s amazing.”

Luau Days

Get ready for a hula good time! Nosh on tropical refreshments, register to win a free kayak and stock up on unbelievable summer savings. Visit our stores May 18-20 and say aloha!

A History of Goodwill Polyester Prom

Marshalle Smith

Take yourself to Funky Town! It’s time for the 10th annual Polyester Prom, Ocala’s grooviest party of the year. Co-sponsored by Goodwill and thrown by Ocala’s 92Q FM, this year’s super freaky bash will be May 25. Hustle over to for tickets.

Site Supervisor Lakeland Adult Day Training When she was just 15, Marshalle Smith held a summer job working as a processor for Goodwill in Haines City. She went on to obtain an extensive background in Child Protective Services working with the Florida Department of Children and Families and community-based care agencies. She is a certified juvenile detention officer. Fast-forward more than 20 years and Marshalle is back with Goodwill, now the site supervisor for the Adult Day Training (ADT) program in Lakeland, where she has worked since last September. In her current position, Marshalle supervises 15 employees and oversees the day-to-day functions of the training program and its adjacent Goodwill Outlet Store. The highlight of her job, she says, is seeing the adults with disabilities thrive at the ADT. “I like to help people and I like to see people get joy out of the little things,” she says. “Like the way the clients’ faces light up when they receive their paychecks. They are so proud of the money that they earned for themselves.” Marshalle lives in Lake Wales with her husband, two grown children, and a rabbit named Dizzy. In her spare time she works with a catering group her mother-in-law started called “Momma and the Girls.”

I Didn’t Know Goodwill Did That! Members of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Seminole Chapter learned that Goodwill is more than stores during a tour at the St. Petersburg headquarters in January. Above, Goodwill’s Director of Community Corrections and Housing Paul Norris describes the residential work-release program.

Wedding Gala

Say yes to the dress! Goodwill’s retail event of the year is back and better than ever. Brides on a budget can say “I do” to beautiful, brand new weddings gowns at deeply discounted prices. Gala dates are June 9 at the Brandon Goodwill superstore and June 16 at the Spring Hill superstore. Check www. for details.

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A Dollar Earned, A Life Saved When Lorrie Pittman decided to go into health care, she envisioned a career of helping people. Yet, the New Port Richey woman never expected that her first opportunity to save a life would come outside of work. As the 21-year-old stood in line to cash the first paycheck from her job as a home health aide, an elderly woman behind her gasped for air and then collapsed. Lorrie went into action, using the CPR learned during her recent training. Lorrie confirmed that the woman was not breathing, shouted for someone to call 911, and began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, followed by chest compressions. After two to three minutes, the woman regained consciousness. Paramedics arrived and took the woman to the hospital. It all happened so fast that Lorrie never even learned her name. The path that led to this dramatic event began when Lorrie saw a Goodwill career specialist at the Career Central One-Stop center in New Port Richey. Goodwill is the lead service provider at Career Central, helping people access training and other services to achieve career goals. Because Lorrie showed an aptitude for the health care field, her career specialist suggested she enroll in the patient care technician program. Less than a year later she graduated with honors and immediately found employment. “The most important thing I learned in school is obviously CPR,” says Lorrie. “Now I see how important my job skills are, even during my time off.”

Lorrie Pittman stopped to cash a paycheck and ended up saving a life.

Goodwill Fashions Featured on Morning Show

Goodwill spokeswoman Jennifer Fleming Lugo shows anchorwoman Anne Dwyer great deals on kids’ clothes.

What pops with color, comes in all shapes and sizes and is ridiculously affordable? Goodwill fashion for spring and summer, of course! Even Anne Dwyer, host of Fox 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay, is a believer. The morning show invited Goodwill to come to its studio and showcase great Goodwill finds. That morning Anne wore an outfit found at Goodwill, and traffic reporter Jennifer Epstein later bought two suits featured in the segments. “I was one of the original Goodwill hunters,” Anne said. “Your stores have wide aisles, they’re easy to shop, they’re awesome.” The first Good Day Tampa Bay segment featured clothing for kids, where we pointed out how easy it is to find donated items that are brand new, with the tags still on. The typical price point for kids’ clothes is an unbeatable $2.07 a piece. The second segment featured women’s fashions found at Goodwill, including spring and summer trends such as color blocking, ankle strap shoes, and “in” colors such as tangerines, blues and greens. During the second segment, two Goodwill employees modeled head-to-toe fashions found at Goodwill. The total cost of their outfits? About $30 each, including shoes and accessories!

Goodwill Attended Donation Centers Donations also gratefully accepted at Goodwill stores Hillsborough County APOLLO BEACH MiraBay Village, Sweetbay U.S. 41 & Leisey Rd.

Ridgemoor Commons NEW ! 4966 Ridgemoor Blvd. (Between Starbucks and KFC) Curlew Crossing BRANDON U-Save Shopping Center Bloomingdale Wal-Mart 7733 W. Hillsborough Ave. S.W. corner Curlew Rd. 949 E. Bloomingdale Ave. and U.S. 19 Waters U-Save Oak Park Plaza 7555 W. Waters Ave. 3400 East Lake Rd. at 745 W. Lumsden Rd. Westchase Primrose School Tampa Rd. LUTZ Linebaugh Ave. PASADENA Lake Chapman Plaza and Countryway Sweetbay Plaza (Weekends only) 16301 N. Florida Ave. 6851 Gulfport Blvd. S. (Accepts furniture) Van Dyke Shell station PINELLAS PARK TEMPLE TERRACE 5524 Van Dyke Rd. 7601 Park Blvd. Gas Kwik/ (Accepts furniture) NORTHDALE Marathon station ST. PETERSBURG 16010 Mapledale Blvd. 7105 Temple Terrace Hwy. 68th Street and Near Lifestyle Fitness NEW ! Pinellas County Tyrone Blvd. N. Northdale Walmart CLEARWATER 3100 4th St. N. N. Dale Mabry at Bearss Ave. Advance Auto Parts (Weekends only) Coquina Key 22991 U.S. 19 N. Shopping Center (Weekends only) RIVERVIEW 4250 6th St. South 2250 Gulf to Bay Blvd. Riverview Oaks Plaza Pasco County (Accepts furniture) 9624 U.S. 301 South BAYONET POINT Tri-City Plaza Advance Auto Parts Point Plaza East Bay Dr. and U.S. 19 N. 12023 U.S. 19 at S.R. 52 13324 Boyette Rd. (Near Publix) HUDSON SEFFNER LARGO 9717 SR 52 at Parsons Village Plaza Publix Plaza Parkwood St. 710 W. Dr. MLK Blvd. 12002 Indian Rocks Rd. LUTZ TAMPA Twedts Bowling Alley Willow Bend Chevron Advance Auto Parts NEW ! 22932 S.R. 54 13100 Seminole Blvd. 5399 Gunn Hwy. NEW PORT RICHEY OLDSMAR Corner Ehrlich Rd. S.R. 580 W. at Duane Ave. Pasco Square - Badcock and Lynn Turner Rd. 7201 S.R. 54 (Behind McDonald’s) PALM HARBOR Bill’s SuperGas Citrus Park BP and Auto Service Center 8606 Citrus Park Dr. Corner Alt. 19 & Nebraska Ave. 3619 W. Spruce St. NEW ! Across from Staples Lowe’s 4210 S. Dale Mabry Hwy.

ODESSA Shell station S.R. 54 at Suncoast Pkwy. ZEPHYRHILLS Merchants Square Sweetbay 7333 Gall Blvd. Hernando County SPRING HILL Mariner Square 13050 Cortez Blvd. Advance Auto 14321 Spring Hill Dr. at Barclay Ave. Polk County LAKELAND Advance Auto Parts 4120 Clubhouse Rd. Barclay Plaza 4945 U.S. Hwy. 98 Marion County BELLEVIEW Belleview Square 10751 Hwy. 441 OCALA Friendship Center 8449 S.W. Hwy. 200 Goodwill Outlet 2920 W. Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala Springs Sweetbay 7131 N. Hwy. 441 Silver Springs Kmart 3711 E. Silver Springs Blvd. SUMMERFIELD Spruce Creek 17860 Hwy. 441

For donation hours, store or donation bin locations, visit Thank you for donating to Goodwill.

Goodwill employees Kiana Haley and Stacy Myers show off colorful spring fashions on Good Day Tampa Bay.


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