Goodwill awarded second USAA grant to help profession companies

Veteran Wynika Moreira is an Operation Obtain success story, incomes her credentials and taking a brand new job at CenterPlace Well being

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – In an effort to raised present profession enhancing coaching and employment placement companies to Black and Hispanic veterans and army spouses, United Providers Vehicle Affiliation (USAA) awarded a grant to Goodwill Industries Worldwide via an effort known as “Operation Obtain.” Goodwill Manasota was one of many sub-grantees for Operation Obtain, receiving $155,000 in October of 2021 to serve Black and Hispanic veterans and army spouses.

Just lately, Goodwill Manasota – which exceeded all of its benchmarks for section I of Operation Obtain – was one in every of simply two Goodwill organizations to obtain additional funding of $67,500 to proceed and broaden the trouble.

Throughout section I, Goodwill Manasota enrolled 74 veterans and/or spouses for upskilling/reskilling coaching and employment companies; “enrollment” was denoted by the completion of a person profession and monetary plan. Of these enrollees, 60 eligible people entered into at the very least one expertise coaching program (primarily based on their profession objectives), 53 achieved coaching completion, and Goodwill supported employment placements for 18 program enrollees by the ascribed deadline of August 31, 2022.

The highest two sorts of coaching that program members benefited from have been authorities contracting and safety/government safety. Different industries members acquired coaching in ranged from cybersecurity, forensics and bookkeeping to boating captain, notary public and even one grasp chocolatier.

Sarasota resident and veteran Wynika Moreira was a Corpsman within the U.S. Navy from 2002-2007; she continued within the nursing discipline after her transition into civilian life. Whereas the GI Invoice helped her to finish her Licensed Household Nurse Practitioner Grasp’s diploma, this system doesn’t cowl the numerous wanted certifications and testing exterior of a typical school training.

With funding from section I of Operation Obtain, Moreira was in a position to take a preparatory course after which certification testing, which she aced on her first strive. As soon as she acquired her closing credentials, she was supplied – and accepted – a brand new place as a household nurse practitioner at CenterPlace Well being.

The objectives for section II are to enroll 55 college students, have 44 enter coaching, have 30 earn a credential of their particular {industry}, and place at the very least 45 members into employment.

“At Goodwill, we’re honored to help those that have served our nation,” mentioned Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Donn Githens. “Whereas we’re centered on enhancing the training and wellness alternatives for all veterans and army households, the funds from USAA will assist us to extend our attain and guarantee alternatives exist for all who want to higher their prospects and luxuriate in life and profession success.”

Neighborhood members who’re desirous about using these funds for coaching ought to contact Todd Hughes, program supervisor for Goodwill’s American Veterans and their Households program: 941-355-2721, ext. 454, or

USAA, a diversified monetary companies group of corporations, is among the many main suppliers of insurance coverage, investing and banking options to members of the U.S. army, veterans who’ve honorably served, and their households.

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About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit group that modifications lives via the ability of labor. With philanthropic donations and income generated by the gross sales of donated items, Goodwill is ready to help folks with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and people with different boundaries to employment by offering jobs, job expertise coaching, and free profession companies. For extra info or for a list of areas, go to or name 941-355-2721.