Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona has safely re-opened four Career Centers this week and has plans to begin opening select retail stores over the next three weeks. Goodwill is deemed an essential business under Governor’s Ducey Stay-At-Home order since revenue from the retail stores fund the mission.
The four Career Centers that have re-opened are: 16th Street and Indian School, 51st Ave. and Van Buren, 67th Ave. and Peoria, and the Yuma center. They are open various days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Goodwill has reconfigured the desk/computers to be 6 feet apart, they are limiting the number of job seekers inside the career center and sanitizing after each use.
“We are committed to helping the community during this uncertain time,” said Courtney Nelson, vice president marketing and communications for Goodwill. “With unemployment skyrocketing, we know many Arizonans need help finding work. Our mission services team has been helping approximately 500 individuals a week by phone and online. In a recent week, we were able to connect 100 job seekers to new positions.”
Goodwill decided to re-open four Career Centers because many job seekers don’t have access to computers or the internet.
“The community needs us now, more than ever,” said Nelson. “We have put procedures into place to keep our staff and job seekers safe. We will continue to monitor the situation and adhere to the CDC guidelines.”
They will continue to help job seekers over the phone and online at MyCareerAdvisor.com. Goodwill can help with updating resumes, mock interviewing, preparing for a virtual interview and connections to Valley companies who are hiring.
Goodwill depends on the revenue from their stores to provide free career services to the community. They plan to re-open 21 of their more than 90 stores on Monday, April 13. They will reduce hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day to allow for extra time to clean and sanitize everything in the store.
Goodwill has implemented the following safety measures: they have installed plexiglass at all registers, taped off 6 feet of distance in lines, are using sanitizing spray on all donations before they enter the store, and have contact less payment options in place. For specific career centers and store locations that are open, visit: https://www.goodwillaz.org/coronavirus/.
About Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona
Founded in 1947, Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona is one of the oldest nonprofit agencies in Arizona. There’s a neighborhood Goodwill near you, and donating and shopping at Goodwill means you are helping us work toward ending poverty through the power of work and promoting a sustainable environment. Last year, Goodwill reached more than 2 million donation occasions, including 901 donation drives to benefit local schools, nonprofits, and other efforts. Every year, Goodwill diverts nearly 200 million pounds of material from going directly into Arizona landfills. Thanks to your Goodwill, we are empowering individuals, strengthening families, and building stronger communities. To learn more about our mission and services, visit www.goodwillaz.org.