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Goodwill Industries selected as first partner in Southwest Florida

September 19, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Inc. has announced its selection by the Robert V. and Benjamin G. Miller Fund as its first organizational provider of Trailways Camp, a camp for adults with disabilities in Southwest Florida. The camp will take place at The Riverside Retreat Center, located in LaBelle, Oct. 22-Oct. 25.

"Goodwill is excited to partner with the Robert V. & Benjamin G. Miller Fund and Riverside Retreat to offer this excellent experience to adults with disabilities," said Todd Ryan, Goodwill's Director of Career Development Services and Trailways Camp Director. "Our goal is to provide quality recreation and social interaction."

The Trailways Camp mission will be to remove the social isolation often felt by people with disabilities by providing opportunities for fun, friends and support. Through outdoor activities, group exercises, crafts, and more, campers will have the opportunity to develop recreational skills and build relationships. Activities will include fishing, campfire roasts, a visit by Special Equestrians, canoeing, a talent show, a Halloween party, movie night, and more.

"Trailways' main focus will be to provide a safe environment for our campers, designed to promote socialization and interaction," continued Ryan. "However, it also serves as a wonderful opportunity to provide respite for those who have people with disabilities in their family."

Trailways Camp is currently accepting applications from adults with disabilities ages 18 and older. To be eligible, campers must be living in a parental home, a quasi-independent setting or in a group home or other 24-hour supervised care setting. There are 20 participant spots available.

For more information regarding Trailways Camp, camper applications or volunteer opportunities visit or contact Todd Ryan at 239-995-2106 ext. 2285.

The Robert V. and Benjamin G. Miller Fund is a fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, which allows supporters from all over the country to support the Trailways Camp in Southwest Florida. For information about the Robert V. & Benjamin G. Miller Fund visit, email Jerry and Sharon Miller at or call 239-579-0587.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. helps people with disabilities and other disadvantages overcome their barriers to employment and independence in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades Counties. In 2011, more than 23,000 Southwest Floridians received assistance from Goodwill, ranging from Job-Link services to disability-accessible housing, career guidance and mentoring programs for teens, and the SWFL MicroEnterprise project, a small business education program.

To learn more about Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, please visit the agency's website at



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