Dolly provides a new, affordable way to transport items to and from Seattle Goodwill

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
August 25, 2016

Hundreds of donors every day drop their donations off at Seattle Goodwill locations, while shoppers leave our stores with great finds.

Sometimes, though, bringing a donation to Goodwill or taking an item home isn’t so simple—especially when dealing with a large or heavy piece.

Well, Seattle Goodwill has a solution. We’ve partnered with Dolly—a pickup, delivery and hauling service. Dolly is like Uber for moving. It connects local pickup truck owners (called Helpers) to offer donors and shoppers an easy and affordable option to get an item to or from a Goodwill store.

“We think it’s terrific that Seattle Goodwill and Dolly can partner on this initiative,” said Brent Frerichs, Seattle Goodwill Director of Business Development and Strategies. “We believe that strong partnerships like this build stronger communities. The partnership with Dolly fully recognizes our changing times. Not everyone has or needs a vehicle.”

Setting up a Dolly is simple. Users log into their phone app, enter pickup or drop-off locations, add the item needing to be moved, select the number of Helpers needed to assist, set a pickup time and then receive a price quote.

Helpers, who use their own vehicles for moving items, are thoroughly vetted, Dolly Business Development Director Diane Escher said. Background and motor vehicle records are checked, and the application allows users to directly communicate with Helpers, track progress and rate their experience.

Dolly, which is headquartered in Seattle, provides service from our Lynnwood location south along the I-5 corridor to Renton, as well as Bellevue.

Dolly also has committed to donating $5 to our Job Training and Education Programs for every regular-priced pickup or drop-off at a Goodwill location.

“Goodwill is such a mainstay in the community,” Escher said. “We want to continue to give back to the community and help support the job training and development of those people in need. We as a business are also about putting people to work who are interested in helping out the community.”

To get more information on Dolly, visit its website.

Some frequently asked questions regarding Dolly’s service:

Q: What is Dolly?

A: Dolly is like Uber for loading, hauling and delivering things. Dolly drivers are called Helpers. They are local pickup truck owners who are able and eager to help. They bring a pickup truck and muscle to lift, load and carry on behalf of the customer.

Q: How much does Dolly cost?

A: Pricing starts at $35 and is based off the number and type of items being delivered, how many people are required, flights of stairs involved and distance traveled. If the customer wants to tip the Helper/team, they may do so after the job is complete within the app. 

Q: What does scheduling and availability look like?

A: Dolly pickup can be scheduled between 8 am-9 pm, 365 days a year. The customer picks a 30-minute window at his or her convenience. Dollys can be scheduled same day as soon as 90 minutes from when the request is made. Customers should ensure a Goodwill donation center or retail store is open during the selected time window. For more information about Goodwill locations visit our donation page.

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Six Summer Swimming Spots

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
August 19, 2016

Six Summer Swimming Spots

It’s officially that “one week in August.” Seattle natives and long-term residents know what we’re talking about. It’s “that one week in August” that brings high temperatures, sunshine, and of course—one of the few opportunities we have to comfortably jump into our cold PNW waters.

You can quickly and easily find swimsuits, towels, beach shoes and sandals, beach blankets and more at any one of our 24 stores—so you can get out to your favorite swimming spot, claim a little plot of beach for you and your friends—and keep cool this weekend.

Here are some of our favorite spots to cool off in the water in the greater Seattle region:

Matthews Beach Park
Located on the west side of Lake Washington, just north of Magnuson Park (another great swimming spot!), Matthews Beach Park is Seattle’s largest freshwater bathing beach. There are lifeguards on duty, making it an excellent choice for families. It’s also right on the Burke-Gilman Trail, so easily accessible by bicycle.

The Seattle Center
The Seattle Center is a great spot to go with the kids, and has two water-play options. On the north side of the Key Arena, there’s a spacious kiddy pool that’s shallow enough for toddlers—but with enough space and variety to make it fun for older kids. Right in the heart of Seattle Center, there’s the International Fountain, a large dome sculpture that spouts streams set to music while kids and adults play in the “rain.”Alki Beach Park
Alki Beach has one thing to offer that many of the other swimming locations either don’t have, or don’t have much of: SAND. If you want the quintessential beach experience, Alki is the place to go. There are beach volleyball nets, a wonderful walking path, stellar views of the city—and as we mentioned—sand to lie and play in.

Green Lake
With options ranging from renting a paddle board or boat, to taking a swim at one of Green Lake’s “beaches,” to enjoying the large kiddy pool on the north end, there’s something for any and all ages to do. There are also playgrounds, and a walking path where you can soak up the sun or dry off! Green Lake has two beaches with lifeguards on duty, and is a popular place to just head out onto the water with an inner tube and float! You can enter the water at any point on the lake shore!

Madison Beach Park
Madison Beach Park is not just an excellent place to swim, but an excellent place to have a picnic with a gorgeous view looking toward the Eastside. While this swimming option is a good spot for all ages with supervision, please keep in mind that this is a big lake, and can get a bit wavy at times!

Lake Stevens Lundeen Park
Located on Lake Stevens, Lundeen Park is an excellent option for the North End and Eastside folks. (But maybe not as far north as you Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish swimmers!) It’s at the north end of Lake Stevens, and features a number of family-friendly activities, including shoreline access and a swimming area!

Before you head out, check out some heat wave safety tips and water safety tips so you can enjoy the weather without mishaps.

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Family Health & Safety Fair 2016

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
August 17, 2016

Family Health & Safety Fair 2016

On August 23, we’ll be hosting our third annual Family Health and Safety Fair. The event focuses on providing free health screenings, information, and resources on a variety of health-related topics like insurance, dental care, women’s health, and more. RSVP to our Facebook event for full details and updates

At the fair you can expect to find information, services, and fun for the whole family. This is a kid-friendly event, and there will be food, prize drawings, children’s activities, and more!

 “Last year we had over 30 organizations represented and over 200 students and their families attended,” said Seattle Goodwill Job Training and Education Instructor and event organizer Gia Ledsma said of the upcoming event, “With the help of our partners, we were able to offer dozens of free health screenings, healthcare enrollment, and several free dental services. We hope to offer even more this year.”

The fair takes place at our Administrative Offices, located at 700 Dearborn Place South, at the corner of S. Dearborn St. & Rainier Ave S. It is easily accessed on the #7 bus and #9 bus, with many more public transportation options running within half a mile of the location. Get directions here.

There will be free health screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI). There will also be many presenting booths and organizations with recourses and presentations on medical coverage, dental information and services, diabetes, breast cancer and more. We’ll also be providing information on how to get a free mammogram and pap test for women ages 40 and older.

If your business or organization would like to get involved, contact us!

THANK YOU to our partners: Susan G. Komen Puget Sound, Molina Healthcare, Latinos Promoting Good Health, and Medical Teams International.




¡Información, diversión y servicios para toda la familia ¡Comida, rifas, actividades para niños y más!

Exámenes Gratuitos!

  • Diabetes
  • Presión Sanguínea
  • Colesterol
  • Indice de Masa Corporal

Información y Presentaciones

  • Cobertura Médica
  • Información y Servicios Dentales
  • Diabetes
  • Cáncer de Seno
  • Y más...

Obtenga información de como obtener una Mamografía y Papanicolauo sin costo para mujeres mayores de 40 años

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Spot a sign spinner – enter to win $25 to Goodwill!

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
August 9, 2016

Spot a Sign Spinner HeaderFun fact: We have 41 donation sites as far north as Bellingham, south to Tukwila/Southcenter, west to Silverdale, and east to Snoqualmie Ridge. If you live in the northern/central Puget Sound region, you’re probably within about a fifteen minute drive of one of our donation sites. That’s not even counting bins in apartment and office buildings! (Don’t have one at yours? Have your apartment manager reach out to us!)

In Seattle Goodwill’s territory, donating has never been more convenient.

We’ve decided to have a little fun with the convenience of our donation sites, and have some sign spinners pointing out just how close you are to a couple of our donation sites on Wednesday, August 10. You can enter to win a $25 gift card, good at all 24 of our stores, by simply taking a photo of a sign spinner (bonus points if you take a photo *with* a sign spinner!) and posting it to Instagram and tagging @SeattleGoodwill and #DonateGW. We’ll choose three winners on Thursday, August 11.

Here’s where you can hunt for sign spinners this Wednesday:​

7:30 am – 11:30 am: Around our (brand new!) Greenwood Donation Center
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Nearby our Capitol Hill Store & Donation Center

Spot A Sign Spinner Contest

Note: If your Instagram account is set to private, we cannot see your post, even if you tag us! To enter, either set your account (temporarily) to public, or take a screenshot of your post, and DM it to us on Instagram. 

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Baking with Goodwill: Lemon Drop Bars

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
July 30, 2016

Baking with Goodwill: Lemon Drop BarsWhen it comes to summertime staple baked goods, lemon bars rank high on the list. They’re far easier to make from scratch than you may realize, and you might even have all the ingredients you need if you keep basic baking supplies stocked in your pantry. My recipe below is equally delicious as it is easy!

All of the kitchen supplies you’ll need are easily found at Goodwill:
An 8x8” baking dish, 1-2 mixing bowls, a whisk, a spatula, and measuring cups/spoons


Crust: Lemon Drop Custard:
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 3 eggs: 2 whole, 1 yolk
½ cup unsalted butter (room temperature) 1 cup white sugar
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
½ teaspoon almond extract 2 tablespoons vodka
¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon orange extract
  1 teaspoon confectioner’s sugar (to dust over the top)

Baking with Goodwill: Lemon Drop Bars - supplies and ingredients

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly oil your 8x8” baking dish.

For the crust:
Use the spatula to mix your room temperature butter and flour, making sure to incorporate it well. Then add the rest of the crust ingredients: confectioner’s sugar, vanilla and almond extract, and salt. Continue to use the spatula to press/mix the ingredients together. It should wind up like dry cookie dough—a bit crumbly.

Press the crust down into the dish. Use a fork to poke holes in the crust so it doesn’t bubble.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the crust edges are starting to brown just a little.

Lemon Drop BarsFor the Lemon Drop Custard:
Whisk your ingredients together, adding them one at a time, in the order of the ingredients list. Once it’s all mixed, continue whisking for a couple minutes so it becomes a little light and frothy at the top.

Pour the mixture over the crust, and put it back in the oven for about 25 minutes—when it’s ready, a light sugary crust will form.

Let the bars cool completely.

Use a knife (dip it in hot water to make it easier) to cut around the edges, and cut the bars into your preferred size—I normally go 4x4, making 16 bars. Dust the bars with the remaining teaspoon of confectioners’ sugar. If it’s going to be a while before they’re consumed, or if you’re going to refrigerate them first, hold off on the dusting part until you’re ready to eat them.

Check out some of our other Baking with Goodwill recipes under the Thrifty Kitchen blog category

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