I nside this issue: Military Resource Encounter draws veterans, Next Breakfast with the President is June 7, Bank United gifts MicroEnterprise Institute, Meet the Goodwill Guru, Lee County was 'Good To Go', Feeney wins D3 Foundation Award, Success Story: Citizenship.
Veterans Treated to MRE, with a Twist
More than 150 people attended the MRE BBQ Event for Veterans May 11 at the Goodwill Job-Link Center, 4162 Palm Beach Blvd. in Fort Myers.

MRE typically stands for Meals Ready to Eat. In this case, it was promoted as Military Resource Encounters in order to link veterans to programs and services they may need.

The event was co-sponsored by Ammilvets, Vet Center, American Legion, CareerSource, Jewish Family & Children's Services, Affordable Homeownership Foundation, Lee County Homeless Coalition, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, United Way, Disabled American Veterans, Military Museum, Hearts and Home, and Lee County Human & Veteran's Services.
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Register Now for May 19 Goodwill Golf
The 8th Annual Goodwill Golf Classic, benefiting the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation is Saturday, May 19.

It's not too late to register. Cost is $70 per player and that includes lunch and many prizes awarded.

We'll tee off at 8:30 with a shotgun start at Coral Oaks Golf Course in Cape Coral

The ever popular Fuzzy Dice game, Hole-in-One contest and coveted trophies are planned, plus a new contest you won't want to miss: Shooting your golf ball out of a cannon!
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RSVP for Breakfast with Our President
Each quarter we invite those who are interested in learning more about our mission to Breakfast with the President. This is an informal meeting with President and CEO Rick Evanchyk and other key leaders of the non-profit.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 7 and conclude about 10:30 a.m. after a tour of the Opportunity Center at 5100 Tice Street, Fort Myers.

Bank United Supports MicroEnterprise
Jeff Fusco, Market Manager Vice President from Bank United stopped by May 14 to present a $6,000 check.

The funds will be used for MicroEnterprise Institute, Goodwill's small business training classes for budding entrepreneurs.

Pictured are Fusco, Sandra Plazas, Doug Stewart and Fred Richards.

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Meet Renae, the Goodwill Guru
Hi. I'm Renae Corvi the Goodwill Guru. 
From a very young age I had the drive to be an entrepreneur to do what I loved best which is to share my creativity with others. Through all the ups and downs and the unexpected in my life, Goodwill has always been an amazing creative outlet for me. Goodwill's mission helps people to transform their lives, and in many ways, that's exactly what I do with the items I find. Being able to do this over the years Goodwill has unknowingly helped me to express my creativity and share my passion with others.  

A few years ago, I began keeping a picture journal of the treasures that I found at Goodwill. The photos are a before and after of what I rescued and re-purposed. I'm compiling the photos to create a book of all my findings, which I hope will sit on many coffee tables to come. I hope you enjoy my how to videos as much as I did making them.  

Happy Re-purposing,
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Next Goodwill Game Night is May 19
Cheer on the home team this Saturday, May 19 when the Fort Myers Miracle play St. Lucie at Hammond Stadium. Game starts at 6 p.m.

Goodwill is giving out vouchers for two free General Admission seats when you donate $5 to the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation. Check our website for store ticket locations.

When your there, don't forget to purchase a 50/50 raffle ticket. Half the proceeds go to the winner and the other half supports Goodwill's mission.
Lee County Donated Items 'Good-To-Go'
Eight hundred pounds of household items, expired medications and papers to be securely shredded were donated at a Collection Drive at the Fort Myers Regional Library May 10.

The event was open to Lee County residents and sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Lee County, United Way, City of Fort Myers, 97.7 Latino Radio, Wink FM 96.9 and Fox News 92.5 Radio.

Mark your calendar for the next Good-To-Go donation drive is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 31 at The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, 2266 Second Street, Fort Myers.
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Feeney Wins D3 Foundation Award
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida’s Megan Feeney, Director of Disability Support Services, was honored the D3 Event ( Disability Dream & Do ), as the recipient of the Dave Clark Foundation’s distinguished Pulling Each Other Along Award .

The Dave Clark Pulling Each Other along Award honors the notable contributions of those who have helped others achieve their dreams under exceptional circumstances. Feeney, of Fort Myers, was recognized April 29 for her contributions as a professional in the disability field. 
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Mission Moment: Success Story
Lehigh Acres resident Norma Lopez came to Florida from her native El Salvador to escape military conflict as a young adult. She married and after raising their two daughters, she took time to learn English as a second language and to study for her U.S. Citizenship. She attended ESL and Citizenship classes at the Goodwill Job-Link Center in Lehigh Acres, where she gained knowledge, support and friendship with other students..

She passed the test, becoming a proud U.S, citizen in August 2017. Congratulations Norma on your successes!
Norma Lopez
Thank You to our 2018 Partners in Opportunity
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For more information about how you can become a Partner in Opportunity, contact Carolyn Johnson at (239) 995-2106, ext. 2247 or email her.
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