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Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona

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Causes: Goodwill Industries, Human Services, Job Training, Sheltered Employment, Thrift Shops

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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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for the organization for 5 years. I believe that we have come a long way. With the economy the way it is now more people are using our career centers and shopping in our stores. Not many people realize how many programs we actually have. We even have 2 charter schools to give kids a second chance and to make something of themselves. Some people think we should be cheaper, but if you think about it atleast the money you spend is going towards something good. The money is actually helping people better themselves instead of going in the big man's pocket.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Goodwill for many years and I have found them to be very professional, hardworking and socially responsible. I enjoy working with them and they are very good at helping the community.