About Us

Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona is grateful for the goodwill of our community, knowing Arizonans have a choice of where to bring their used clothing, household goods and furniture. Without your generosity, we couldn’t do what we do. We’re proud of the fact that our career centers provide skills training and job placement, and are available to the general public at no-cost, all thanks to your goodwill.

Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona is deeply rooted in the local community and positively impacts Arizonans every day. Working as a catalyst for positive change, we take a neighborly approach by offering 80+ community locations where your no-longer-needed items can be dropped off, which in turn help place thousands of Arizonans in jobs every year.

Because items we sell at our retail stores range from classy to cool to unconventional—some would even say quirky—shopping at Goodwill is an adventure. You never know what you might find—from vintage clothing and furniture to modern household goods. In fact, quirkiness is part of our personality, and lends a sense of fun and friendliness to the shopping experience.

Whether it’s dropping off goods or shopping for them, what starts as your good deed becomes an opportunity for Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona to be your steward in fighting unemployment and promoting a sustainable environment. Each year, we place thousands of people in jobs with hundreds of Arizona employers. We also divert millions of pounds of material from going directly into Arizona landfills. It all adds up to empowered indivuduals, strengthened families, and communities built stronger.

Our History

Goodwill Industries was founded in 1902 by Rev. Edgar J. Helms with the mission to give people hope, dignity, and independence. Goodwill started with Helms walking door-to-door in Boston’s wealthiest districts, carrying burlap bags and asking for donations of clothing and household goods. From day one, the Goodwill mission differed from many charities at the time. Helms emphasized that donated goods would be sold for profit and that the money would be used to pay workers who helped refurbish the goods.

The original concept was so visionary, it is just as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.
Founded in 1947, today, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona operates more than 80+ stores and donation centers, and no-cost Goodwill career centers across the state. Annually, we fight unemployment by providing thousands of Arizonans with job preparation resources to connect local job seekers with hiring companies.

Awards

  • Social Enterprise Award by Arizona Business Magazine.
  • “Best Places to Work,” large company category.
  • “Most Admired Company” award winner from AZ Magazine.
  • “Top 25 Workplaces for Women.”
  • #1 for “Best Non-Boutique Thrift Shop” in Phoenix New Times
  • “Arizona Most Admired Companies” Award from Arizona Business Magazine and Best Companies AZ
  • Environmental Stewardship Award from Keep Arizona Beautiful
  • Volunteer Program of the Year award from Goodwill Industries International
  • Winner of Arizona Business Magazine’s “Industry Leaders of Arizona” Award in the retail category.
  • Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce “Impact Awards” Winner
  • AZCentral’s Critic’s Pick: “Best Thrift Store”

Community Partners

  • St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
  • A New Leaf
  • Arizona State University
  • Arizona Veteran’s StandDown
  • Fresh Start Women’s Foundation
  • Maricopa Skill Center
  • Maricopa Workforce Connections
  • Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG)
  • Phoenix Workforce Connections
  • Radio Campesina
  • The Salvation Army

Exciting Events this Week!

Amazing things are always happening at Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona! Whether you are looking for a daily special or want to participate in one of our job training events, we have something for you.


*Daily deals valid at select Metro Phoenix, Prescott and Yuma locations. Please check with your neighborhood Goodwill for details.

Discount valid on used merchandise only. Not valid on food or drink, new goods, seasonal or holiday items. Not valid at Goodwill Clearance Center. Our REDESIGN by Goodwill and Clearance Outlet are excluded. REDESIGN operates separate sales and discounts from other Goodwill stores.