Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona, Inc. and Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona have jointly announced that they are engaged in preliminary discussions regarding a potential merger of the two nonprofit organizations.
Phoenix-based Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona, which serves Mesa and the East Valley, currently provides job placement and employment services in Maricopa and Yuma counties, while Flagstaff-based Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona operates in Coconino and Mohave counties. Both organizations currently serve Yavapai county.
“We are very excited about the possibility of bringing our two organizations together in order to better serve the people of Arizona,” said David Hirsch, president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona.
Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona and Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona are two of more than 160 independent Goodwill organizations in the United States and Canada, with service territories defined by Goodwill Industries International. If the boards of directors of both territories approve the merger, the organizations will seek the international board’s approval in April.
“Our top priority is to provide the people of Arizona with the resources and support they need to secure sustainable employment and provide a better quality of life for themselves and their families,” said Tim O’Neal, president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona. “We are confident that a merger between our two organizations would be an opportunity for us to significantly strengthen resources and deliver a higher level of service to more people in need.”