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Goodwill Announces 2016 Volunteer Awards
Wildwood resident, New Tampa group and HSN honored for their time
Goodwill Industries-Suncoast will announce Kitty Bruens as Goodwill Volunteer of the Year, the New Tampa Newcomers as Volunteer Group of the Year, and HSN as Corporate Philanthropic Volunteer Group of the year on Friday, April 15. The awards will be presented during Goodwill’s BookWorks recognition luncheon at 11:30 a.m., at the Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E. 7th Ave. (Ybor City), Tampa.
10 News Anchor Ian Reitz will serve as master of ceremonies for the luncheon.
Goodwill-Suncoast Volunteer of the Year 2016
Kitty Bruens, Wildwood
When Goodwill’s BookWorks early childhood literacy program expanded to Sumter County in 2015, Kitty Bruens was one of the first volunteers. Every week she’s at the Goodwill store in Oxford, sorting and cleaning donated books that will be presented to children from low income families through the BookWorks program. In addition to volunteering her time each week, Kitty has recruited several friends to the program and she never misses an opportunity to spread the word about BookWorks. Kitty has devoted herself to helping children in the community since she retired from the State Attorney’s office. She understands the importance of early literacy and is glad to be part of a program that helps spark a love of reading in children.
Goodwill-Suncoast Volunteer Group of the Year 2016
New Tampa Newcomers, New Tampa
Since 2012, a group of New Tampa residents has supported childhood literacy by volunteering for Goodwill’s BookWorks program. The six friends, known as the New Tampa Newcomers, regularly read to preschool children at Head Start centers in northern Hillsborough County. Group members Ken and Linda Schatz, Mallory Gerstein, Judy Dellow, Joanne Peace, and Sandra McDonald reached more than 170 children at four locations last year and presented more than 1,524 books to children who may not otherwise have them. They also volunteer to drop off books donated to elementary schools through the BookWorks program.
Goodwill-Suncoast Corporate Philanthropic Volunteer Organization of the Year 2015
HSN, St. Petersburg
Employees of HSN generously participated in BookWorks with their time, talents and finances. Last year, 41 HSN volunteers spent 265 hours cleaning and preparing books and holding book drives. The organization also supported BookWorks through financial donations.
Dozens of other people whose volunteer efforts have supported Goodwill’s mission will also be honored at the luncheon. Last year 660 local volunteers donated their time to support Goodwill programs in West Central Florida.
Goodwill Industries-Suncoast is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. The organization's successful donated goods retail operation helps support its human services in 10 counties in West Central Florida including employment services, training centers for people with disabilities, affordable apartment communities for seniors and people with disabilities, and community corrections programs. For more information, visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org.