The Finer Properties of the Valley of the Sun

The Finer Properties of the Valley of the Sun

Goodwill receives $5,000 from Thunderbirds Charities

Goodwill employees who wish to participate in My Career Matters should contact 1-833-471-2482. (File Photos/

Thunderbirds Charities supports My Career Matters program

Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona announces Thunderbirds Charities has donated $5,000 to help fund My Career Matters, an internal initiative to upskill and eliminate barriers to career advancement for their minimum wage employees.   

“We believe acquiring the skills needed in today’s workforce will enable individuals to earn wages that can transition them out of poverty and above the ALICE threshold,” Bobby Ghisolfo, vice president of Mission Services, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona, said in a prepared statement.

“My Career Matters is a holistic approach to employment. We’ll provide individuals the tools they need to feel confident, purpose driven and successful. Our plan is to start with retail and management employees, and we hope to reach 500 employees within the first year of implementation.”

A promotional photograph showing the My Career Path program at work here in Phoenix. (File Photos/

ALICE households have income above the federal poverty line but not high enough to afford essentials in the communities they live. As a result, they are forced to make tough choices, such as deciding between quality childcare or paying the rent, which have long term consequences not only for ALICE but for all, according to the press release. 

“Thunderbirds Charities is excited to support the My Career Matters program, said Michael Golding, president of Thunderbirds Charities.

“Our mission is to help families in need and this program through Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona is providing the tools to not only help their employees succeed in the workplace but also foster opportunities for future career growth.”

According to Thunderbirds Charities officials, the board consists of 15 members from varying professional backgrounds, 55 “active” members and more than 285 “life” members. The organization was founded in 1937.

The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in Valley communities, according to the press release.  The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. 

My Career Matters is a mobile career center that connects individuals to no cost community resources, training and education and career development. Individuals can access everything from digital skills training, career coaching, resume review and certifications and hiring events from the comfort of their own home.  The program is designed for Goodwill employees to work at their own pace after their shift, the release states.

Goodwill employees who wish to participate in My Career Matters should contact 1-833-471-2482. 

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