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Goodwill gets $30K Bank of America grant

Goodwill of Central Arizona recently received a $30,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation that will provide funding to Goodwill’s Computer and Customer Service Training (CCST) program. The grant is part of the bank’s focus on supporting local workforce development programs.

Goodwill of Central Arizona offers CCST training programs on-site at four (West Central Phoenix, Peoria, Southwest Phoenix and Yuma) of its 21 career centers. As a result of the grant, training services at these locations will be further supported.

Goodwill training programs feature a two-week curriculum that includes: technical computer skills (internet usage, Microsoft Suite), human relations services, and extended career preparation services. Additionally, the grant will enhance Goodwill’s ability to prepare more job seekers for long-term competitive employment at family-sustaining wages.

“We appreciate Bank of America’s support and dedication to our mission,” said Tanya Perry, chief financial officer. “We have 21 Career Centers throughout Central Arizona and with corporate support from Bank of America, we’ll be able to reach even more job seekers in their search for employment.”

All of Goodwill’s Career Centers offer on-site Career advisors, and provide job preparation and employment services including: interviewing skills training, resume writing, on-site hiring events and more. They are equipped with computers, printers, Internet access, telephones, and fax machines to provide services at no cost to the community.

“Having the right career preparation can make all the difference in helping workers to be successful in an already competitive workforce,” said Benito Almanza, Arizona market president, Bank of America. “We’ve seen firsthand the tremendous impact of Goodwill’s Career Centers career-readiness programs for underemployed and unemployed residents in aiding future employment success. Bank of America’s workforce development grants help continue this type of focused and effective job preparation opportunities because sustainable employment ultimately helps to advance financial longevity.”

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Goodwill holds job fair in Tempe

Goodwill of Central Arizona is holding a job fair on Thursday, June 5 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, located at 4400 S. Rural Road in Tempe. The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. with over 40 employers and nearly 1,400 available positions.

Companies such as State Farm, Banner Health, Safety Services, Mobile Mini, Global Tranz, CyraComm International, Pride Group, Job Examiner, Pro Em, Maricopa Community Colleges, Rescare Home Care, United States Postal Service and Revana.  They will be hiring for everything from entry level to skilled and professional, including customer service, retail, sales, healthcare and more.

“If you need to brush up on your interview or computer skills or create a resume, you can always stop by a Goodwill Career Center before attending the job fair,” said Joe Tuerff, director, business solutions at Goodwill.  “We have 21 Career Centers throughout the Valley. We’re an excellent resource for job seekers.”

All of Goodwill’s Career Centers are equipped with computers, printers, Internet   access, telephones, and fax machines to provide services at no cost to the community.  They also provide job search workshops, interviewing skills training, resume writing, intermediate computer training, and more.

Job seekers should dress professionally, bring plenty of resumes and be prepared to explain how you could be an asset to their company.  To learn more about the Tempe Job Fair, visit: www.goodwillaz.org.


Goodwill Partners With Fresh Start; Ribbon Cutting Today!

Goodwill of Central Arizona and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation have formed a new partnership aimed at helping women find self-sustaining employment.

Goodwill Career Center in Chandler now houses a team of Fresh Start staff delivering services throughout the week, including Social Work support, Career Readiness training, and Self Esteem resources to prepare for interviews.  Fresh Start staff will deliver both one-to-one support and workshops to clients.  Fresh Start clients will also have access to all of Goodwill’s employment services, free of charge.

“We’re very excited to be working with Goodwill. For many of these women, it’s the first time they’ve had access to employment services,” said Fresh Start CEO Susan Berman. “Working together, we can leverage our respective resources to create a mutually beneficial partnership and ultimately help women transform their lives and find employment.”

Over the past year, Goodwill has been assessing how to assist more women overcome barriers to employment. In 2012, Goodwill provided job preparation and placement services to over 21,000 women throughout Maricopa, Prescott and Yuma counties.

“The partnership is a natural fit,” said Kimberly Hall, program coordinator for Goodwill. “Our missions align nicely and together we’re going to be able to help women with their job search, interviewing skills, resume writing and more.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at the Alma School Career Center to kick off the new partnership.  Light refreshments will be served and executives from Goodwill and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation will give remarks.

About Fresh Start Women’s Foundation:
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation empowers women to transform their lives through engagement and education.  Fresh Start focuses on three core values: personal development, lifelong learning and career development. This unique empowerment model offers a variety of services including legal, self-esteem, mentoring, social work, career, education and more.  The Jewell McFarland Lewis Women’s Resource in Phoenix also offers an e-learning center and child watch services.  Fresh Start also operates the Fresh Start Treasures resale boutique, wehelpwomen.com national website and East Valley Fresh Start at the Chandler Goodwill Career Center.  For more information, visit www.freshstartwomen.org.

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Artigue Agency Expands Growing Sports Practice

Local marketing communications firm, The Artigue Agency has announced the addition of several new clients to its growing sports practice.  Led by sports marketing veteran Ray Artigue, the firm’s new clients include Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA), Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, former Phoenix Suns star and NBA veteran Eddie Johnson, Patriot All-America at Wigwam Arizona and QR Gameplan.

“The growth of the agency represents the need for additional staff and expanded offices and I’m flattered by the market’s demand for our professional services,” said agency principal Ray Artigue.  “As we evolve and expand our sports offering, our greatest marketplace differentiator remains our people.  Our team comes from a variety of backgrounds, bringing diverse skills and extraordinary expertise in their respective specialty areas, ensuring that we’ll continue to deliver successful PR and marketing programs.”

The Artigue Agency recently moved to a larger office in Biltmore-area of Phoenix to be closer to new and existing clients and to accommodate its growing team.  The firm has also added two new two senior account executives, Casaundra Donahoe and Ian La Cava.

Donahoe brings nine years of experience in brand strategy, creative development, media relations and communications planning. Prior to joining The Artigue Agency, Donahoe worked for Park & Co. where she served as strategic counsel for brands like Goodwill, Girl Scouts, Expect More Arizona, METRO Light Rail, Coca-Cola and many others.

La Cava has five years of experience developing and executing public outreach campaigns and strategic initiatives on behalf of several clients in the sports industry. Prior to joining The Artigue Agency, La Cava worked for Niner Sports Marketing where he managed talent procurement, endorsement deals and social media for marquee athletes.

The Artigue Agency works with emerging and established companies in several markets with extensive experience in the sports, entertainment and lifestyle, healthcare, financial, legal and environmental industries.  Current clients include Arizona Broadcasters Association, Arizona Public Service (APS), Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, Abrazo Health Care, Cardon Global, Gallagher & Kennedy, BMO Private Bank, JDM Partners, Scottsdale Tourism Development Council, Wigwam Golf Club and Waste Management, among others.

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Pollack donates $1 million to Goodwill

Austin Powers said it. Michael Pollack is doing it. One million dollars. When Pollack says he wants to put Arizonans back to work he is literally putting his money where his mouth is.  Once again this week one of the Valley’s most generous entrepreneurs has reached into his pocketbook donating $100,000 to Goodwill of Central Arizona. This puts Pollack’s lifetime of giving to Goodwill at more than a $1 million.

“Simply put, I believe in what Goodwill stands for and that is putting people back to work, especially during times like these,” said Michael Pollack, owner of Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments. “When you see the stories first hand like I have, people who are getting a chance to go back to work and feed their families and be productive members of society, it is very easy to continue giving to an organization that is truly making a major difference in our community.”

Goodwill of Central Arizona says Pollack’s $100,000 contribution this week is also its biggest cash contribution from an individual made to the organization so far in 2013. The organization says Pollack over the years has generously donated more than $1 million dollars between his cash donations, discounted/free rent and other in-kind contributions.

The biggest cash contribution came in 2010 when during the struggling economy Pollack wrote the organization a $250,000 check, the organization’s largest cash donation to date.

Pollack’s giving has not only come in the form of monetary donations, but the real estate entrepreneur has re-developed in-fill space that now houses Goodwill stores. Pollack Investments also uses Goodwill’s commercial services, like parking lot sweeping for about 60 shopping centers.

A year and a half ago – Goodwill honored Pollack with the Lifetime Achievement Award and this past October Pollack was honored with the 2012 Business Partner of the Year at Goodwill of Central Arizona’s 12th Annual Evening of Goodwill.

“We cannot express how grateful we are for Michael Pollack’s continued generosity and support of our organization.” said Jim Teter, president and CEO of Goodwill of Central Arizona. “We believe that through the power of work, every person, no matter their situation, can reach their fullest potential. And this recent donation will assist in our efforts to provide further job preparation services, at no cost, to our communities in central Arizona, Prescott and Yuma.”