Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona

Rating: 3.62 stars   34 reviews

Issues: Job Training, Human Services

Location: 2626 W Beryl Ave Phoenix AZ 85021 USA

Mission: Goodwill of Central Arizona''s commitment is to connect central Arizonans experiencing vocational barriers to gainful employment opportunities so that they may gain sustainability through the power of work. By providing the necessary tools, such as job skills training, education and basic needs to people with disabilities and disadvantaging conditions, these individuals are able to prepare for and find employment and contribute to our economy. We are a nationally recognized leader in empowering people through job training and employment services so that people may achieve their highest level of personal and economic independence. We provide an environment for people to believe they can succeed, achieve goals, develop skills and change the barriers they face every day.
Programs: Goodwill of Central Arizona is dedicated to promoting change within the community through the power of work. Goodwill operates over 36 social services programs and a publicly funded charter high school as part of our Service Initiative. The programs range from intensive case management and job skills training programs to Career Center services at multiple locations throughout our territory. The Service Initiative provides services to at-risk youth; disadvantaged adults; people with disabilities; and seniors returning to the work force. Program offerings include: conveniently located Career Centers; Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services; Vocational Rehabilitation programs; computer skills training; and customized job skills training. In addition, Goodwill performs janitorial and landscaping services through state and federal set-aside contracts and is a NISH agency. The Retail Initiative generates funds from the thrift store operations to support the mission of Goodwill. Ninety cents of every dollar raised by Goodwill of Central Arizona is used to fund services throughout central Arizona.
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602-535-4000
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Rating: 3 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

You say that you put many people to work but my husband has applied here at the local store many times and they never have responded and they have openings our brand new store before it opened my husband applied and has several times since its been opened. Also I think (my opinion only) some of the prices are way too high for what I can afford to pay I can go to a new store and get some of the items for a $1 or so more to buy brand new. I know they have to make some money and they have lots of stuff I could use but whomever they have putting the prices on does not know prices in the new stores. when some of these items are already old and used alot. People can go to garage sales and find better prices or negociate prices if they really need it. which is something you cannot do in the store.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That they have a large variety of things to pick from

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Most of them were very friendly and willing to help

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Offer more people to work for them and give people a dream of being able to survive in this economy and afford also to purchase things they need for their homes .

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I am currently in college and on the waiting list for the nursing program. This was a dream of mine for 30 years that I never thought would become a reality. As a result of my involvement with Goodwill and its scholarship, my adult daughter is now starting college and another adult relative is going to college. They said I gave them the inspiration to pursue their dreams. Without Goodwill none of this would be happening.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help train more people for jobs where they could make a decent living and contribute more to society.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I just bought my first item from the shop goodwill auction site, although it was damaged during shipment(through no fault of goodwill) their customer svc mgr.was right on top of it with a full refund and prompt communication through the whole process. I will defintely make more purchases using shop goodwill auctions. I highly reccomend them..Not to mention what a great cause to donate to..

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

just great people to chat with, who really enjoy their work..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Sometimes I find things that I would never expect and have in my home as furniture or wear every day. The staff is usually very nice and I enjoy talking to the people because they seem to enjoy their job and seeing the things people find.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Shopping and donating items.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more help to organize stores.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people hired and helping the community

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and down to Earth

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hire people that need work and help so many struggling or trying to start a better life.

Ways to make it better...

There was more stock.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting people to shop second hand items.

One thing I'd also say is that...

These stores have been around for years and help not only those hired but people that don't have the money to shop at other stores.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been shopping my neighborhood Goodwill for five years. Not only are Goodwill salespeople cheerful, I find the merchandise of good quality and the prices extremely fair. My favorite day to shop is Sunday. It's quiet and I get to use my student discount card. I know that my donations to Goodwill support a cause much larger than my neighborhood and that makes me feel good inside.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing people who otherwise would not be working employed.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

People always comment on my selection of attire. They can't believe that I shop exclusively at Goodwill.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Put everyone to work!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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