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: 5 stars  

I was dropping items off at our local Goodwill donation center and found out they qualify for the charitable tax credit in Arizona. The flier they provided alerted me that I can donate $400 to Goodwill and then get a tax CREDIT at the end of the year for $400. This doesn't affect our tax credit we give to our local school either - we can give both and it reduces our taxes by that amount. We love giving to our favorite charities and schools instead of the state through the tax credit program. Thank you Arizona and Goodwill.

We have a son that graduated from NAU. He found a great job as a business analyst for a major company here in the Valley through Goodwill. I think most people think Goodwill only helps people get low paying jobs within the Goodwill stores. They help ANYONE get jobs based on their qualifications, and coached him on creating a better resume and marketing himself to strong employers. They gave him confidence and ultimately launched what we hope is a good career.

We will support Goodwill now through the tax credit every year AND through our donations. We encourage you to do the same and help someone else launch a new career!

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We have donated a LOT ,and every thing was clean and like new.The worker would throw into large blue container.I said that is full of DIRT and broken glass.I emptied the unit.Spoke to CORP.they were going to correct.Took more items back,same treatment.Called to speak to an officer,got hung up on.I feel extra employment to CLEAN the container,NOT throw things into(brocken items occur) and hire people to CLEAN items comming into being donated would IMPROVE IMAGE.I HAVE NOT DONATED AN ITEM SINCE MANAGEMENT DOES NOT CARE.

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

TREAT ITEMS AS THOUGH THEY WERE VALUABLE,EMPTY CONTAINERS(avoid broken item and glass)Clean items comming in so they look more appealing and clean.YOU WANT TO HIRE PEOPLE TEACH THE PEOPLE YOU HIRE TO CARE

Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have donated to Goodwill off and on for years. They are always very polite and actually make me feel as if my donation REALLY means something to them. I decided recently to look into a bit more about their mission, I knew the did something with putting people in jobs or to work, but wasn't sure exactly what that meant. I assumed it meant just within their stores, but was surprised and proud to find out how much more they do. When they say they "put people to work" that doesn't just mean in Goodwill. They have these job training centers where people can get resume and interview help. They even help people learn how to use a computer, to better train them for job opportunities. So not only are they employing people within their stores, those stores are helping them (by generating revenue) find people in the community jobs. They have a phrase about "not giving a hand out, but a hand up!" Pretty cool if you ask me. Well done Goodwill!!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have always donated to Goodwill and even shop their stores - a lot. I love finding the great items at greatly reduced prices. And the best part is, all the revenue from the stores goes to fund a great mission. It's a win-win situation. I'm getting great things for my home without breaking the bank and I'm helping Goodwill educate and train people in our community. I tell my friends all the time to shop Goodwill. I love Goodwill!

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

Shopping their stores and donating. I didn't know they helped people find work and even learned they have a charter school. I saw information in their stores and then went online. Makes me feel better about donating and spending money at the stores.

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

The smell sometimes does get to me and I tend to avoid the older stores and go to the newer ones.

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

The shopping! Okay, and finding out that my donations and money I spend in the stores are helping people.

Ways to make it better...

In some of the stores...if the smell could be eliminated.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

The Goodwill stores are getting very expensive... when a piece of furniture is broken and missing parts and they still want $49 for it.. that is ridiculous.. At some stores in Phoenix the prices are reasonable but at most of the stores the prices are at least double. of what they were a year ago .. it just takes all the fun out of it.. I don't mind having to take something home and fix it but really.. it's all priced for 1/2 price Saturday.. I would rather shop the church thirft stores. they have better prices and nicer stuff.

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

1/2 price Saturday

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

helpful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

This is a great organization! The stores are well maintained, service is good, and the staff members are always friendly. It's amazing what a person can find there, and it's just a great way to be responsible with resources. And even better, donating and shopping at Goodwill is helping others in the community! That's the best part!

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

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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I regularly donate items to Goodwill. I do this because I know that they provide good services. Many Years ago I had job counseling and it really turned my life around, I know that Goodwill does job counseling and If my donations can help this organization provide something that helped me, it makes it that much better.

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

The great shopping opportunities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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