Our Mission at Work: Meet Danilo

by Lauren Robinson, Seattle Goodwill
August 31, 2012

When Danilo was just 17, he was in a car accident which left him with a neck injury that affected his vocal chords.  He now has a severe speech problem and sometimes uses a voice box to communicate, but he has not let that stop him from working.  Danilo repaired lamps at a Goodwill store in Guam, and then worked in the hospitality industry in Hawaii.

When he and his family moved to the Kitsap area, and he needed help finding work here, he came to our Bremerton Job Training Center and began taking classes.  Danilo found the support he needed, and he considers Goodwill instructor Reggie a “teacher, friend and mentor.”  He now feels confident in finding a job that uses his skills.

​Danilo with instructor Reggie Deriso.

Every time you shop at or donate to Goodwill you are helping someone like Danilo make a better life for themselves.  Thank you for your continued support of our mission to change lives through job training!

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Goodwill Craft Corner: T-shirt Scarves

by Ingrid Hartsock, Seattle Goodwill
August 30, 2012

Welcome to our Goodwill Craft Corner, where we will share craft projects featuring items found at our Goodwill stores.  Today in our Goodwill Craft Corner – T-shirt scarves!

This simple scarf is easy to make and is a great way to add some color to your outfit.  It is perfect to wear as the weather starts to cool down, but you’re not quite ready to stop wearing your summer dresses and short-sleeve shirts.  I love these scarves because they are super affordable (this scarf cost me $1.50 to make) but still stylish.  It’s also a great project to work on with friends and no one comes up with the same exact thing!

Seattle Goodwill employee ​Crystal Mirth wearing a t-shirt scarf made from Goodwill finds.

How long it takes to make: 1 - 5 hours depending on how detailed you want your scarf to be.

What you need: an XL or XXL t-shirt found at your local Goodwill store, scissors and a flat workspace.


  1. Lay the shirt flat with the front and back hems lined up. Cut straight across under one armpit to the other and then cut off the hem on the bottom of the shirt (save for later).
  2. You should be left with a tube of fabric.  Fold your fabric almost in half left to right, leaving 2-3” exposed on the right-hand side.  Along the fold you just made, cut one inch snips all the way across.
  3. Using the snips you just made, cut across the entire shirt leaving the last 2-3’ uncut!
  4. There are now long loops of fabric all attached at one end (the 2-3” section). Stretch each loop of fabric separately by holding one loop and the uncut edge in your hand….now stretch! Continue with each loop.
  5. Last thing—take the hem you removed from the shirt in the first step. Gather all of the fabric at the seam, where the loops meet, and wrap the hem around it to stabilize.  I like to tie a cute bow!  Cut off any access length on the bow.
  6. Wrap this comfy, original scarf around your neck and be on your way!


Credits and other scarf tutorials can be found at http://myblessedlife.net/2011/10/t-shirt-scarf-tutorial.html.

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Let’s Get to Work: When Potential Employers Ask Illegal Questions

by Lauren Robinson, Seattle Goodwill
August 23, 2012

Did you know there are some questions a potential employer cannot legally ask a job applicant during an interview?  Employers should only ask questions related to your ability to do the job they are hiring for.  Below are some questions that shouldn’t be asked, and the best responses to give if you happen to hear them during an interview.

Question:  How old are you?

Best Response:  I’m over 18.

Question:  Are you a U.S. citizen?

Best Response:  I am authorized to work in the U.S.


Question: What is your native language?


Best Response: I can speak/read/write ____________ (fill in the languages).

Question: What religious holidays do you observe?

Best Response:  I am able to work the required hours/shifts/schedule.

Question:  Are you married?  Do you have a domestic partner?  Do you have kids?  Are you pregnant?  What are your childcare arrangements?

Best Response: There is nothing that would interfere with my attendance or performance at work.

Question: Have you ever been arrested?

Best Response: (The question should be specific to crimes relevant to job.)  I was convicted of ___________.  Be prepared to explain how you have dealt with your past and how it will not affect current performance at this job.

Question: Were you honorably discharged from the military?

Best Response:  Explain how your military experience relates to the job and can benefit the organization.

Question: Do you have any disabilities?  Have you had any illnesses or operations?

Best Response: I am able to perform the required tasks of this job (with or without accommodations).

For more information about Seattle Goodwill's free job training and education programs, visit http://seattlegoodwill.org/job-training-and-education.

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We're beating the heat in vintage swimsuits

by Lauren Robinson, Seattle Goodwill
August 21, 2012

Here at Goodwill we’ve been celebrating the heat this summer with a couple of vintage swimsuit fashion shows!  We were honored to be a part of the Wooden Boat Festival at the Center for Wooden Boats and the Alki Arts Fair.  Our Vintage Collection has been maintained since the 1970s, and it consists of gorgeous vintage apparel, hats, shoes and accessories.  Our pieces date as far back as the 1860s and go all the way through the 1980s.

Throughout the year we put on numerous fashion shows by request, from hat shows to wedding fashion shows.  “We have been enjoying our visits to different groups in the community,” says Carla Moar, Goodwill Events Assistant, “and we love sharing our mission in the process.”

Check out these amazing vintage swimsuits – hopefully they inspire you to get in the water before the summer ends!

​For more information on our Vintage Collection, please email Carla Moar at .

Vintage swimsuits

​Photos by Brian Pankow.

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Our Mission at Work: Meet Oscar

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
August 15, 2012

Oscar’s most recent purchase at the Burien Goodwill store was special. It was a frame to hold his new GED certificate. “I am really proud of myself,” Oscar said. “I did not think I would be able to get my GED.”

Oscar had wanted to get his GED for a number of years, but first needed to take some English as a Second Language classes. He had studied civil engineering when he lived in Mexico, but after coming to the US in 1989, he found the language difference to be a barrier. Oscar was shopping in the Burien Goodwill store when he saw a flier about the job training classes, and came back later to register. The classes seemed like a challenge, but he worked with the Goodwill instructors and studied hard. This February Oscar obtained his GED because of the supportive instructors. “I am really grateful for their help,” he said.


Oscar wants to keep pursuing his education and hopes to study mechanics. “If you get a GED you can get a better job and life. I would recommend the Goodwill job training program.”

Oscar is continuing to take some computer classes at the Burien Goodwill Job Training & Education Center along with classes at a community college.

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