Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona Impact Report – March 2024

Goodwill Impact Report - March 2024

Driver of Change Goodwill Golf Tournament

On February 29, 2024, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona held our second Driver of Change Golf Tournament.

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, players, volunteers, and staff, we raised $194,860 to support our no-cost community services. Together, we can end poverty through the power of work. Watch a recap video at this link.

Success Story: Leon Collins

15 years ago, Leon Collins was living a very different life. Leon lived and worked in Wilmington, Delaware as a union laborer. A serious back injury put him on disability. In 2016, Leon moved to Arizona to be closer to his family. A few years ago, he began physical therapy to rehabilitate his back.

“I was in bad shape, my pain was at its worst, but through physical therapy, I’ve learned that stretching is the key,” said Leon. “The experience has taught me to keep challenging myself to do better.”

Stretching has not only significantly improved Leon’s back, he now reaps the benefits of stretching his mind.

“Leon came into the Central Career Center in 2021 for about three months,” said Career Coach Shalinda Henry. “He seemed stressed, overwhelmed, and even impatient.”

A couple of years later, Leon started applying what he had learned in physical therapy. “I thought of my mother, Irene Collins, who taught me to ‘keep doing what you can.’ She was so full of energy, working two jobs and volunteering as a foster grandparent and at the senior center until she passed away at the age of 92. She always said to cherish what you are able to do. I remind myself of her as I try to do better.”

“In 2023, Leon visited the Papago Career Center with a different mindset,” said Shalinda. “Although he seemed to still face these emotional barriers, he was determined and eager to learn and upskill himself. He worked with our career coaches multiple times a week to receive tutoring and coaching. Leon was so inspired to continue growing his computer skills that he purchased his own desk and computer to use at home.” Leon was also encouraged by his mentor and friend, Kaleem.

In December of 2023, Leon proudly received his NorthStar certificate. He said, “This is only the beginning.” The Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate is made up of 11 assessments testing digital literacy or ability to use computers. This certification is obtained by attending the 3-day Basic Computer Classes that are offered at our career centers and virtually through Goodwill’s My Career Advisor website.

Leon still spends four to five days a week at the Papago Career Center to focus on his digital literary skills. He hopes to land a job working from home utilizing his solid computer skills.

“Goodwill gets you started,” said Leon, “being here at the Career Center has helped me build my confidence and it’s nice to know that Goodwill is helping people to help themselves.”

If you would like to connect to our career services, click here or call 602-535-4444.

Your Donations Empower Individuals, Strengthen Families, and Build Stronger Communities

When you shop and donate with Goodwill, you’re not only giving gently used thrift items a second chance at life, but you’re also helping to create real change in your community. Sales of donated items in our retail stores create funding for career development programs and vital wrap-around services.

We meet job seekers where they are by making career training resources accessible in our community career centers, on-site in schools and Veteran organizations, and anytime, anywhere online through our My Career Advisor website. Job seekers can receive resume and interview assistance, earn professional certificates, and more, all at no cost to them, so that they can achieve meaningful, sustainable employment. Your donations are ending poverty through the power of work. Find a donation center near you today!

Not ready to clean out your closet? No problem! You can make a tax-deductible monetary donation directly to Goodwill to support these same career development programs and empower your community. Visit to donate today!

Goodwill Partners with ASU, City of Phoenix, and Hustle PHX to Open Microfactory

“We are excited to make history today in Phoenix,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. The new plastics recycling and remanufacturing microfactory will convert waste materials into new products, providing skilled job opportunities. Click to below learn more. Read more in this article.

 Join Us For An Evening of Goodwill

Saturday, May 18, 2024
6 PM: “Get the Party Started” Reception
7 PM: Dinner and Program
Omni Scottsdale Resort &
Spa At Montelucia
4949 E Lincoln Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85283
Please join us for a different kind of black-tie gala experience as we take you through the Swingin’ 60s, the Groovy 70s, and the Awesome 80s! RSVP today at this link.

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 are valid at select Metro Phoenix, Prescott, and Yuma locations. Please check with your neighborhood Goodwill for details. Dollar Day pricing adjustment goes into effect on Jan. 5, 2023.

Discount valid on used merchandise only. Not valid on food or drink, new goods, seasonal or holiday items. Not valid at Goodwill Clearance Center.