Make the most out of your commute: the Eastside edition

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
July 19, 2015

Traffic in the greater Seattle area is no joke. Sometimes it becomes a bit of a joke—like when a semi full of fish overturns on 99 and turns the entire city into a parking lot—but those jokes are really just to ease the pain of knowing that it took is over two hours to get home that night. (And we’d all probably like to forget Beenado 2015—and let’s not talk about last week’s unfortunate spill on I-5.)

We don’t want you to be stuck in traffic for any longer than you need to, so we thought we’d help you get those bags out of your trunk (or garage, or front hallway), by letting you know some convenient places to donate that are right on some main commuter thoroughfares. That way, you can just pull off, drop off, and get right back on your merry way home from work!

For starters, we’ll talk about the Eastside.

For 405 commuters, south of Bellevue:
On the 405 corridor, south of Bellevue, we have two convenient donation centers. Our Renton Donation Center is just east of 405, and is attached to a store—just in case you’d rather thrift than sit in traffic. Slightly farther north, with easy access via on and off ramps, is our Newport Hills Park & Ride Donation Site.

For I-90 commuters:
There are two good options for folks who commute on the Eastside via I-90. If you live or work just east of Lake Washington along I-90, we’d recommend swinging south to the Newport Hills Park & Ride Donation Center. If you live a bit farther east along I-90—closer to Lake Sammamish, our Issaquah Donation Site is right off of the freeway. Even if you’re heading east of Issaquah, we’ve got a donation site just a short distance off of I-90 in Snoqualmie.

For 520 commuters:
520 commuters have two great options right along the highway. Our Bellevue Donation Site is in the Overlake area, is attached to our Bellevue Store, and is also home to a Job Training and Education Center. A few miles down the road, east of Lake Sammamish, there’s the Redmond Ridge Donation Site.

For 405 commuters, north of Bellevue:
Not only is there the Bellevue Donation Site just east of the 520/405 interchange, but if you’re heading north on I-405, there’s the Totem Lake Donation Site—and if you need to stop and shop, too—there’s our brand new Juanita Store & Donation Site.

For the 522 commuters:
If you’re commuting in the Bothell/Woodinville area, there are three donation centers on the 522 corridor. Between Lake Washington and 405 on 522 there’s the Bothell Donation Site. East of 405 on 522, there’s currently a donation site at the Woodinville Park & Ride—and opening this August 15, a new Woodinville Donation Site is opening!

For more information about donating—like what we accept—click here.

Now—don’t forget to wear your seatbelt—and no texting (or blog reading) while driving!


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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