More In Store for Goodwill Shoppers - Goodwill of Central Arizona

Document Sample
More In Store for Goodwill Shoppers - Goodwill of Central Arizona Powered By Docstoc
					Goodwill of Central Arizona                                                                                                 

  Inside Stories                More In Store for Goodwill Shoppers
          Page 2               ‘Redesign’ Showroom, Weber,
                               Buckhorn Locations Now Open
•	 July 31 Fire Destroys       During May and June, Goodwill opened a
   Goodwill Facilities; We
                               retail store, furniture concept store and two
   Need Your Donations!
                               donation only centers in central Arizona.
                               Our retail locations provide thousands of
          Page 3               jobs for Arizonans and generate more than
                               $70 million in revenue that helps support
•	 Goodwill Goes Green         our state’s economy.
   With Pathways Program
•	 Goodwill Celebrates         Redesign by Goodwill
   GED Graduates
•	 Join the Donate
   Movement!                   Valley shoppers searching for excellent
                               bargains on new and gently used furniture
                               can find comfort in knowing we opened
          Page 4               our “Redesign by Goodwill” store, 2115
                               N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. A total of
                               1,086 customers purchased items from “Re-
•	 Ecademie High School
                               design by Goodwill” during the June 12-13
   Enrolling Now
•	 Ecademie Honors Class       grand opening weekend.
   of 2010                         Customers were greeted with compli-
                                                                               Goodwill’s Weber store and donation center enjoyed a busy grand opening weekend as 3,393
•	 Laura Bush Foundation       mentary cupcakes, coffee, tea and soda
                                                                               customers bought merchandise during the celebration held May 21-23.
   Provides $6K Grant to       while they shopped for great one-of-a-kind
   Ecademie Ortiz Media        items at great low prices. The grand opening
   Center                      event also gave customers an opportunity to     the owner of City Chic Interior Design.          ticular area is ideal for a furniture store be-
                               learn more about Goodwill’s ‘Redesign Your           The new ‘Redesign by Goodwill’ fur-         cause it is in close proximity to the Arizona
                               Room’ contest which invited Valley residents    niture store is housed in what used to be        State University-Tempe campus.
                               to submit a photo of a room in their home       known as our Scottsdale location. Jackie              “ASU students who are looking for
                               they wish to redecorate. The contest winner     Halleen, Vice President of Retail Operations,    furniture and other unique items for their
                               received a $500 Goodwill gift card to use       said that since Goodwill was still leasing the   dorms and apartments will enjoy shopping
  Did You Know?                at our new Redesign by Goodwill furniture       space, it was an excellent opportunity to test
                                                                               this unique sales concept.
                                                                                                                                here,” said Halleen. “Anybody who loves
                               store in Scottsdale and a one-hour interior
   Goodwill of Central         design consultation with Cristi Pettibone,           Moreover, Halleen stated that this par-                               - Continued on Page 2
  Arizona’s 2009 Annual
  Report is now available
                               Join Us at Our 10th Annual                                                    State’s Economy Receives
  Although the nation’s
                               Evening of Goodwill on Oct. 16                                                Employment Injection
  economy continued to         We invite you to save the date
experience challenges, the     on Saturday, October 16 from                                                  Of the 36 human and employment service programs
  Annual Report shows          5-9 PM for the 10th Annual                                                    Goodwill of Central Arizona offers to its clients and the
   2009 was one of the         Evening of Goodwill which will                                                community, job fairs are arguably the most in demand
 best years in Goodwill of     be held at Desert Foothills in                                                given the current economic climate. Goodwill of Cen-
Central Arizona’s existence.   North Scottsdale.                                                             tral Arizona has hosted three job fairs this year and from
                                   For just $100 per ticket,                                                 those, has served more than 1,400 people on their quest
 We invite the community       guests will enjoy a night to                                                  for finding employment.
     to review our 2009        remember beneath a canopy of                                                      Employers who participate in Goodwill of Central
 Annual Report and other       twinkling stars in the middle of                                              Arizona job fairs include companies in industries including
    statements to better       the majestic Sonoran Desert.                                                  banking, health care, manufacturing, customer service,
   understand our overall          The theme of this year’s                                                  transportation, hospitality and many others. To maximize
 financial and operational     event is Denim and Diamonds.                                                  the effectiveness of job fairs for job seekers, Goodwill
            results.           Since we will be mingling and                                                 of Central Arizona works to prepare participants for a
                               socializing in a panoramic natural desert setting, with blooming cacti        successful event by providing interview etiquette and
         Please visit          and blazing campfires, we encourage guests to dress in their favorite         job fair tips. Upcoming job fairs will include informative         western wear.                                                                 workshops prior to the event that will assist participants in
   to view our financial           The Evening of Goodwill is our only fundraiser and provides busi-         obtaining job skills and improve their access to hiring em-
        documents.             nesses, organizations and individuals with a fantastic occasion for giving    ployers. All workshop participants will gain a private ac-
                               a “hand up” to disadvantaged Arizonans who want an education but              cess to employers prior to the job fair gates being opened
                               don’t have the means to pursue it.                                            for general admission.
                                   The evening will include a silent auction, hosted reception, buffet-          “We only invite employers to participate in our job fairs
                               style barbecue dinner, western-themed games, live entertainment and a         if they are currently hiring” said Michael Burchett, Career
                               special award presentation honoring clients, partners and other commu-        Services Coordinator for Goodwill of Central Arizona.
                               nity advocates who support Goodwill’s mission and clients. All proceeds       “That way, we’re not wasting anyone’s time.”
         Our                   from the event fund educational opportunities and scholarships for                Goodwill designs job fairs and smaller-scale events to
        Mission                Goodwill’s adult program clients and at-risk youth attending our Ecad-
                               emie Charter High School.
                                                                                                             meet the ever-present needs of job seekers in the local
                                                                                                             community, including youth looking for employment. Vari-
                                   Guests can tour the grounds at their leisure, meet Goodwill’s Scholar-    ous events include “Dress for Success” makeovers, youth-
                               ship recipients and Ecademie students, network with sponsor represen-         targeted job fairs, adult/dislocated worker classes to
    We Put People              tatives, Goodwill executives and more than 350 local community leaders
      to Work!                 and philanthropic supporters.
                                   For information about sponsorship opportunities, silent auction do-                                                 - Continued on Page 3
                               nations, tickets and more, visit today.
                                                                     We Put People to Work!

                                    July 31 Fire Destroys Goodwill Facilities
                                    Dear Goodwill Supporters,
                                    On July 31, an early morning fire broke out at Goodwill of Central Arizona’s Main Campus, burning down the
                                    Clearance Center and Salvage Operations, co-located at 16th Street and Van Buren.
                                        Fortunately no one was injured, but that portion of the 16th Street facility was totally destroyed. At this
                                    point in time we don’t have a final verdict on the cause of the fire, but authorities are investigating.
                                        Goodwill has made every effort to ensure retail and workforce operations remain uninterrupted so we can
                                    continue to serve our clients, customers and community.
                                        The buildings that burned down were main transportation hubs and housed donations from the
                                    community. More than 1,000 storage containers of donations were destroyed in the fire.
                                        We need your help. Goodwill is calling on our vendors, friends and our local communities to support us during this
      President and CEO             challenging time through material and cash donations so that we can continue to operate our 36 programs that focus
           Jim Teter                on putting people to work locally. As you know, it is the collection of donations that we turn into dollars to fund our
                                    free services to the community.
      Board of Directors                Your donations of material goods will ensure that our stores will remain stocked so customers can continue shopping. More
      Jack Milligan, Chair          importantly, your contributions will make sure that Goodwill can continue to provide job training programs and employment services
 Lloyd Levidow, Treasurer and       that will help our neighbors and central Arizona’s economy rebound.
   Finance Committee Chair              We realize that with the economy, the extent of your assistance is limited, but we truly appreciate any support you can give.
   Jim McGovern, Secretary              One way to help collect donations is through a coordinated donation drive.
 Sara Gordon, Immediate Past            Goodwill would welcome the opportunity to partner with your business or local residential community on a donation drive. Please
              Chair                 e-mail Chandra Stewart, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, at for more information
 Jim Teter, President and CEO       or to schedule your drive.
                                        I guess you could say that Goodwill now needs a “hand up” to navigate this challenge and continue to move forward in support
                                    of our clients, customers and community.
           Members                      Monetary donations can be made securely and conveniently on our Website –
        Donald Beaver
                                        Cash donors will receive a receipt – either by e-mail or U.S. mail detailing your cash contribution. Depending on your personal tax
       Rebecca Brookson             situation – your cash contribution may also qualify you for an Arizona Tax Credit, up to the first $400 of your contribution. Please see
            Rob Feiler              your tax advisor for details.
        Barbara Gomez                   Thank you for your support and consideration during this challenging time.
         James Holland
        Patrick Howley              Best,
         Victoria Jones
          Steve Kedzior
           Chris Koziol
                                                                                                                         Coupon E-mails!
            Pat Levin
            Al Maag                                                                                                  If you haven’t already, you can sign up for the
          David Mayer                                                                                              GoodDeals Coupon Club by visiting the link below:
                                    Jim Teter
        Denny Mitchem               President and CEO
        Marta Williams              Goodwill of Central Arizona                                               

       About GoodStuff              Redesign by Goodwill, Weber, Buckhorn Locations Now Open
    GoodStuff is a quarterly
  publication for Friends and       - Continued from Page 1                         store and donation center - enjoyed a        stocked items. Each Goodwill store also
 Clients of Goodwill of Central                                                     busy grand opening weekend as 3,393          offers on-the-job training opportuni-
                                    Goodwill will find tremendous values on
            Arizona.                                                                customers bought merchandise during          ties and skills development for program
                                    the one-of-a-kind items that we receive
                                    from our donors.”                               the Grand Opening celebration held May       participants while providing quality goods
          Vol. 2, No. 2                                                             21-23.                                       at remarkable prices. Treasures customers
                                          The “Redesign by Goodwill” store
                                    has a 13,000 square foot showroom                   The opening of the Weber store and       may find include new and gently used
                                    filled with trendy, decorator-oriented          donation center, which is located at 1290    clothing, jewelry, furniture, electronics,
                                    furniture that is either new or gently          N. Scottsdale Road, means that Goodwill      housewares and toys.
                                    used. Customers will find new mattress-         has four Goodwill locations in Tempe and         Margie Warren, a loyal customer, said
        Editorial Team                                                              a total of 43 stores throughout Arizona’s    she loves to shop at Goodwill because
       Chandra Stewart              es, bedroom sets, sofas, dining tables,
                                    lamps and just about anything else that         communities.                                 she “finds deals at the stores.”
  Vice President of Marketing                                                           All of Goodwill’s stores double as a         Warren added, “It’s great to know
     and Communications             is available in a typical furniture specialty
                                    shop. Moreover, the location is staffed         donation center where “old stuff” is         that my purchases help Goodwill find
                                    with “furniture specialists” who provide        turned into the opportunity for new lives    jobs for people.”
      Courtney Nelson                                                               – both for individuals and material goods.       Adam Rozanski, a Valley resident who
  Marketing Communications          expertise and assistance to customers.
                                         Customer Steven Cobb and his               Dignitaries including Tempe City Council-    relies on a “tight pension” for his in-
          Manager                                                                   man Corey Woods participated in the          come, said he frequently shops at Good-
                                    daughter, Chloe, were thrilled with the
                                    grand opening celebration.                      ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 21.           will because he can “buy great items on
         Tremaine Jasper                                                                “The new Tempe store provides the        my budget.”
    Senior MarCom Specialist             “This event is much more grand than
                                    I thought it would be,” said Cobb. “This        Tempe and south Scottsdale communities           Regular store hours are 9 AM to 9 PM
                                    store has a good selection.”                    with new jobs, a great place to shop and     Monday through Saturday; 10 AM to 6
        Jessica Douglas                                                             a way to donate their unwanted, gently-      PM on Sunday.
       Public Relations &                Cobb stated that he and his fam-
                                    ily “shop at Goodwill once a month.             used household items,” said Halleen.
        Events Specialist                                                           “This new location supports our commit-      Main Street and Recker Road - Mesa
                                    The mission is part of the reason, but
                                    we think of ourselves as a green family.        ment to turn donations into dollars that
         Andy Perez                                                                 will help Arizonans in their quest for em-       Goodwill of Central Arizona opened
       Graphic Designer             We’d prefer to reuse household items
                                    rather than buying new. It’s the ultimate       ployment and economic sustainability.”       its Buckhorn store in Mesa on July 23.
                                    recycling.”                                         The new, modern store features           The new store and donation center is
       Tamera Murray                                                                23,820 square feet of retail space and       located near the intersection of Main and
Volunteer Program Coordinator            Halleen said Goodwill plans to offer
                                    specials and deals specifically for “Rede-      offers customers nearly 100,000 freshly      Recker at 6120 E. Main Street.
                                    sign by Goodwill” customers.                                                                     This location replaces the nearby
      Alicia Moskowitz                                                                                                           Goodwill store and donation center on
                                         “Most importantly, this store will en-
    Administrative Assistant
                                    able us to generate the funds that allow            Share Your Opinions!                     Main Street, one block east of Recker.
                                    Goodwill to help Arizonans find jobs and                                                     The Buckhorn store features about
                                    become self-sufficient,” said Halleen.                                                       30,000 square feet of retail space and of-
                                         Regular hours for the new furniture            Goodwill of Central Arizona              fers nearly 100,000 freshly stocked items
       Contact Goodwill             store are 10 AM to 7 PM Friday, Saturday,           would like to know what you              for customers.
                                    Monday and Tuesday; 10 AM to 6 PM                    think about this edition of                 Regular store and donation hours for
  For more information about
                                                                                                                                 the Buckhorn location are 9 AM to 9 PM
 Goodwill of Central Arizona,       on Sunday; Closed on Wednesday and                           GoodStuff!                      Monday through Saturday; 10 AM to 6
or to find the Goodwill nearest     Thursday.
                                                                                                                                 PM on Sunday.
you, call (602) 535-4000 or visit
                                    Weber Drive and Scottsdale Road - Tempe             Please take a few minutes to                 You can find all Goodwill stores and
                                                                                           complete our survey at                donation centers in central Arizona, by
                                    Goodwill’s newest location - the Weber                 visiting

                                                                   Good stuff. Good work. Goodwill.

Goodwill Goes Green With
Pathways Adult Program
Goodwill of Central Arizona is expand-        85034, 85040, 85041 and 85042. The
ing our commitment to reducing our            program primarily focuses on these
environmental footprint locally while         districts due to the high unemploy-
accomplishing our mission to prepare          ment rate.
people for and help put them to work              “Goodwill’s mission is to Put People
through our recently launched Path-           to Work and this program gives us the
ways Adult Training and Employment            resources needed to help those who
Program.                                      have multiple barriers to employment,”
     The Pathways Adult Training and          stated Ken Hollis, Project Director
Employment Program aims to assist             for the Pathways Adult Training and
individuals interested in obtaining cer-      Employment Program. “The Pathways
tification in green jobs. More specifi-       Program will also focus on eliminating
cally, this initiative targets Phoenix-area   these barriers through life skills train-
residents who are recently unemployed         ing, pre-employment and assessment,
and looking to obtain additional train-       job training, industry certifications,
ing for advanced employability and            supportive services and direct job
better-paying careers.                        placement.”
     The Pathways Program is 47 per-              Pathways Program orientations,
cent funded by a $1,531,442 grant             which began on June 8, will be held on      Laura Martinez is congratulated by Jim Teter, Goodwill of Central Arizona President
from the Department of Labor Em-              Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the City         and CEO (left), and Yolanda Carrothers, Vice President of Workforce Development, after
ployment and Training Administration          of Phoenix Neighborhood Resource            receiving her GED program certificate on May 19.
through Goodwill Industries Interna-          Center, 2405 E. Broadway Road,
tional and will offer cohesive programs
such as:
                                              Phoenix. The orientations will feature
                                              knowledgeable and courteous staff           Graduates Armed With Tools for Success
                                              members who can help get interested
       Green Job Certification
       On-the-Job Training
                                              candidates started in the program.
                                                  Arizona residents who wish to
                                                                                          Thanks to Goodwill’s GED Program
•	     Pre-Employment Training                participate in the program must submit      In order to fulfill our Commitment to Put People to Work, Goodwill of Central
•	     Transitional Job Training              an application at       Arizona realizes the importance of providing academic support services like the full-
•	     Entrepreneurial Opportunities          pathways.                                   service General Educational Development (GED) program. The GED program helps
                                                  For more information on the Path-       disadvantaged youth and adults attain their academic goals which ultimately set
   Participants must be 18 years or           ways Program, please send an e-mail         the pace for their independence and personal success.
older and reside in the following zip         to or contact           On May 19, Goodwill hosted a ceremony in the Bulpitt Auditorium at Phoenix
codes: 85003, 85006, 85007, 85008,            a Career Advisor at 602.535.4122.           College, to honor 35 GED program graduates. Guest speaker Travis Hearn implored
                                                                                          the honorees to keep striving for success.
                                                                                              “You have achieved something that is very powerful and can’t be taken from

     Join the Donate Movement!
                                                                                          you,” said Hearn. “Do not let the boundaries that other people set for you limit
                                                                                              Hearn works with the Phoenix Suns as their Chaplain and in his spare time, he
                                                                                          shares his messages with audiences around Arizona as the President and Founder
     Goodwill Industries                                                                  of Travis Hearn, Inc., a speaking company offering services to the Department
     International and                                                                    of Education, junior and senior high schools, colleges, businesses, conferences,
     Goodwill of Central                                                                  camps, and churches.
     Arizona have launched                                                                    Yolanda Carrothers, Vice President of Workforce Development of Goodwill of
     The “D” Movement;                                                                    Central Arizona, congratulated the graduates and advised them to set more goals
     a movement to                                                                        for their lives.
     inspire consumers                                                                        “If today you are not challenged, you miss the opportunities for tomorrow,”
     and businesses to join                                                               Carrothers stated.
     Goodwill in promoting                                                                    Sheila Matthews, who enrolled in the GED program in May 2009 and finished
     the positive impact                                                                  in December, was extremely grateful for the support from Goodwill. She especially
     donations have on                                                                    credited Monica McClellan, Learning Center Educator, for motivating her.
     people and the planet.                                                                   “Monica made me feel like quitting wasn’t acceptable,” said Matthews. “I
         The Donate                                                                       thank her for the extra push she gave me.”
     Movement will educate                                                                    Matthews said she will begin studying for an associate degree in business this
                                                                                          summer at Glendale Community College.
     consumers in central
                                                                                              Goodwill of Central Arizona’s academic services are open to the public and are
     Arizona and around
                                                                                          offered at the following locations:
     the world about the
     value and impact their                                                                  •	417	N.	16th	St.,	Phoenix	(GED	Program)
     donations have on                                                                       •	930	N.	Alma	School	Road,	Chandler	(Learning	Center)
     helping people in their                                                                 •	6750	W.	Peoria	Ave.,	Peoria	(Learning	Center)
     own community achieve
     economic stability                                                                   For more information about the GED program or other Goodwill Workforce Devel-
     through Goodwill’s                                                                   opment services, please visit
     human services
         Since 1947,
                                                                                          Arizona’s Economy Receives Employment Injection
     Goodwill of Central                                                                  - Continued from Page 1                       ning process for the second half of the
     Arizona has been an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social                                                       year, including additional major job
                                                                                          provide new vocational training for
     innovator of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice.                                                                              fairs in both locations, smaller industry
                                                                                          those laid off from ailing industries and
        Through The Donate Movement, Goodwill of Central Arizona aims to                                                                -specific events and multiple workshops
                                                                                          programs for seniors and adults looking
     increase conscious donating by raising central Arizonans’ awareness of the           to re-enter the workforce.                    and seminars in the Phoenix metro area
     power their donated goods can have on strengthening their community.                     While the unemployment rate edges         in collaboration with the green job em-
         Did you know Goodwill of Central Arizona keeps 100 million pounds of             downward in Phoenix, Yuma still con-          phasis of the Pathways out of Poverty
     materials out of Arizona landfills each year by accepting unwanted goods as          tinues to feel a strong pinch from steep      program.
     donations?                                                                           unemployment in the area.                         Throughout 2010, Goodwill aims to
         Community donations are a vital first step in making sure Goodwill of                “Our whole purpose is to support          serve 1,000 people in the Phoenix area
     Central Arizona can fulfill its mission and carry out its 36 human services          the mission of Goodwill,” said Geoffrey       and 1,500 in the Yuma area through
     programs.                                                                            Dewhurst, director of mission services        job fairs.
         Join the Donate Movement and donate your unwanted, gently used                   for Goodwill of Central Arizona in                For the most up-to-date information
     clothing and household items to your local Goodwill store.                           Yuma, Ariz. “So what we try to do is          about Goodwill of Central Arizona job
         For a listing of our 43 store locations, visit               mirror the successes the Phoenix market       fairs and on-site hiring events at Career
         Learn more about the impact your donations make on Goodwill’s mission            has and provide the same services to          Centers, visit any local Goodwill Career
     at                                                              our local participants in Yuma.”              Center or visit
                                                                                              Additional job fairs are in the plan-

                                                       GoodStuff - Summer 2010
                                                                                                                                                         Nonprofit Org
                                                                     Goodwill of Central Arizona                                                          U.S. Postage
                                                                           2626 W. Beryl Ave.                                                                 PAID
                                                                           Phoenix, AZ 85021                                                           Phoenix, AZ 85021
                                                                            (602) 535-4000                                                               Permit #1922

 Ecademie High School Enrolling New Students Now for 2010-11
Valley high school students who have struggled                                                                              for English language learners, free breakfast and
in the traditional school systems and are look-                                                                             lunch, job placement assistance and a state-
ing for a fresh start for the upcoming school                                                                               accredited high school diploma upon successful
year are in luck.                                                                                                           graduation.
     Ecademie, an arm of Goodwill of Central Ar-                                                                                While students are held to the State’s stringent
izona and Title 1 state-approved charter school,                                                                            academic standards, Ecademie creates a learning
can be a great option for high school students                                                                              environment for students that allows educators
looking for a flexible alternative to traditional            •	 Providing	students	with	an	environment	where	              to use their extensive educational experiences and
education. Ecademie is open to the public and accepts           personal, interpersonal, and collaborative abilities   backgrounds to empower and nurture students and
year-round enrollment.                                          can develop; where barriers are addressed and          to use the best practices education and social work
     Like traditional school settings, Ecademie offers          eliminated; and where success is encouraged and        have to offer.
core academic subjects led by highly-qualified teach-           rewarded.                                                   For more information about Ecademie or enrolling,
ers and administers state-regulated testing. Unlike          •	 Preparing	students	for	higher	education,	high-cal-     visit or visit the school
many traditional school environments, Ecademie                  iber training, or careers in the modern work force     located at 417 N. 16th Street Phoenix, AZ 85006.
offers curriculums complimented by indirect teaching            through education and service.                              Ecademie is located on the south side of Goodwill
with computer software for self-paced learning.                 In addition to Ecademie’s excellent academic envi-     of Central Arizona Main Campus at 16th Street be-
     Ecademie is committed to:                              ronment, the school also offers students, ages 14-21,      tween Roosevelt and Van Buren, on Polk Street.
  •	 Providing	quality	academic	skills	to	youth,	opening	   a safe and small campus, counseling, one-on-one
     their future opportunities in education and career.    tutoring, honors classes, mentorship programs, classes

                                                                                       Laura Bush Foundation Provides $6K Grant
                                                                                       to Ecademie High School’s Ortiz Media Center
                                                                                       Ecademie High School’s efforts to keep reading        “The students absolutely
                                                                                       in the forefront of students’ minds were reward-
         The                                                                           ed in May with a $6,000 grant from the Laura          love having a school
   Ecademie                                                                            Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.              library. Many have become
 High School                                                                               Grants from The Laura Bush Foundation are         consistent readers,
  graduation                                                                           given to school libraries across the country to       checking out one book after
   ceremony                                                                            purchase books. The Laura Bush Foundation for
    was held                                                                                                                                 another.”
                                                                                       America’s Libraries is a component fund of the
  on May 19                                                                            Community Foundation for the National Capital
  at Phoenix                                                                           Region (CFNCR) in Washington, D.C. The former                  -Ecademie Librarian
    College’s                                                                          First Lady is the honorary chair of the fund                       Kathy McInerney
      Bulpitt                                                                          which receives thousands of applications and
 Auditorium.                                                                           provides 188 awards nationwide.

Ecademie High Honors Class of 2010
                                                                                           Ecademie High School was the only recipient in Phoenix.
                                                                                           According to Kristen Smith, Ecademie High School Principal, the Laura Bush
                                                                                       Foundation grant will be used to buy books for its Ortiz Media Center which opened
The journey may have been challenging at times for Ecademie High School’s Class
                                                                                       in November 2009. More specifically, Ecademie High School will purchase 100 new-
of 2010, but the 41 students who graduated understand the road to success will
                                                                                       release books, 65 picture books for reading instruction for English Language Learn-
be a little smoother now that they have earned their high school diplomas.
                                                                                       ers and Special Education students, 40 interactive books with audio and Spanish for
     Hundreds of proud family members, friends, Ecademie staff members and
                                                                                       the same population and 15 titles of magazines with curriculum content to encour-
Goodwill employees gathered at Phoenix College’s Bulpitt Auditorium to celebrate
                                                                                       age reading.
the graduates during a festive and emotional ceremony on May 19. Many of the
                                                                                           Librarian Kathy McInerney said the Ortiz Media Center has become a popular
graduates were the first in their families to finish high school.
                                                                                       resource for Ecademie High School pupils and community residents.
     Did you know that Goodwill of Central Arizona operates a state-approved
                                                                                           “The students absolutely love having a school library,” stated McInerney. “Many
charter high school in the downtown Phoenix area? Ecademie serves as a hub
                                                                                       have become consistent readers, checking out one book after another. We have a
for students who are involved with Goodwill’s Youth Workforce Development
                                                                                       few family and community members who use our library on a consistent basis. They
program as well as being open to local youth ages 14 to 21 in the community
                                                                                       also take advantage of the Internet access or Rosetta Stone language software. We
                                                                                       have also had the pleasure of seeing many children in our library for story time.”
     During the graduation exercises, local motivational guest speaker Travis Hearn
                                                                                           McInerney is grateful for the grant because it “gives us the ability to stay cur-
inspired the students by encouraging them to live their dreams by remembering
                                                                                       rent with our literature selection. Students want to read the newest fiction. Without
to honor Courage, Attitude and to Never stop trying (CAN). Hearn works with the
                                                                                       grant funding, the library would not always have the newest resources to provide to
Phoenix Suns as their Chaplain and is President and Founder of Travis Hearn, Inc.,
                                                                                       our students and staff.”
a speaking company offering services to the Department of Education, junior and
                                                                                           If you are interested in learning more about Ecademie High School, volunteering
senior high schools, colleges, businesses, conferences, camps, and churches.
                                                                                       or donating to support educational initiatives (which is tax deductible), please visit
     “You had the courage to pursue your education and you finished,” said
                                                                              Enrollment is open year-round to central Arizona youth.
Hearn. “Today is now a new beginning – a fresh start. You have the rest of your
life ahead of you.”
     One of the highlights of the night occurred when Ecademie High School
presented a car to Lourdes Garcia, Student of the Year. The car campaign was
announced to students earlier this year and the students and their mentors had
to submit applications nominating students who overcame significant personal
and educational barriers. Garcia was picked for her work to overcome significant
barriers to her education – even graduating one year early. The car was donated
by the GOODWHEELS Auto Sales program which is also operated by Goodwill of
Central Arizona.
     Principal Kristen Smith closed the ceremony by repeating the mantra of the
school year.
     “Class of 2010, continue to make good choices, to learn, and to work hard,”
Smith stated. “You’ve completed high school but there is so much more in life to
learn and accomplish. Don’t stop here. This is a significant milestone for you, but
it’s just the first of many to come.”
     If you are interested in learning more about Ecademie High School, volunteer-
ing or donating to support educational initiatives (which is tax deductible), please
visit Enrollment is open year-round to central Arizona