Goodwill Industries-Suncoast has honored the Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon as its Volunteer Group of the Year.
The club received the award during Goodwill's volunteer recognition luncheon at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City last week. Goodwill saluted the Kiwanians for their longtime support of Goodwill's BookWorks early childhood literacy program. Members of the club have read to children at Head Start centers and elementary schools in the Brandon area since 2002.
Core members currently read to children at nine area locations, reaching more than 300 children each month.
Goodwill also honored Marilyn Groves of Bartow as its volunteer of the year. A retired school teacher and great-grandmother, she regularly reads to Head Start classes at two Bartow schools and presents a book for each child to take home. Marilyn often dresses in character to match the books she reads, and even brought real green eggs and ham into the classroom when she read the Dr. Seuss classic to children.
Last year 222 local volunteers donated more than 3,222 hours of their time to support Goodwill programs in west-central Florida.