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GiveBIG on May 10

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
May 9, 2017

GiveBIG to Goodwill on May 10, 2017.Every year, Seattle Foundation hosts GiveBIG a local day of giving for King County non-profit organizations—and every year, we’re excited to participate.

In our last fiscal year, we helped over 9,700 local individuals through our free job training and education programs. This includes placing over 1,400 people in jobs, helping 270 people connect with higher education and training opportunities, and partnering with over 700 employers to hire our students. For our students who completed our programs, they saw an average household income increase of over $16,000.

Now, more than ever, it is critical to support our local job training and education programs. We believe wholeheartedly that jobs change lives. And they don’t only change the lives of our students—they have a ripple effect into families and communities as well. 

I gave BIG today! #GiveBIG

Tune into our Facebook page today to hear some of the stories of the lives impacted by the generous financial and material donors (as well as the shoppers!) in our community. We’ll be sharing student stories all day long, and at 11:15 am, meet some of our teachers in a Facebook Live video.


If you’re ready to GiveBIG to Goodwill, you can donate here:

And if you GiveBIG, feel free to let people know with the graphic to the right! Simply right click or tap & hold, click “save image as”, and save it to your device so you can upload it to your preferred social media channels. 

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Earth Day Giveaways

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
April 10, 2017

It’s time for our annual Earth Day giveaways! From April 10 – 21, Monday – Friday, we’ll be giving away over $2,500 in local prizes. Many of the prizes were generously donated by local businesses and organizations who believe in being eco-friendly and sustainable. 

Once you've checked out our prize list, be sure to check out some of the other ways we're celebrating Earth Day 2017—such as our Sustainable Sounds concert with KEXP and our Online Vintage Sale! Learn more here. 

Earth Day 2017 Giveaways Grand Prizes


Click here to enter for the grand prize drawing. Entry is open April 10 – 23. Three winners will be selected and notified via email on April 24.

Two tickets to see Lady Gaga perform at the Tacoma Dome on August 5, 2017
Four tickets to a Sounders FC match, and a $100 gift card to the Pro Shop
A $250 gift card to the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and a $50 gift card to Local 360


Daily giveaways happen on our Facebook page. 

Monday, April 10: For the Family
A $25 Gift Certificate to Manzanita Kids, a Super Swoop Bag, and $50 gift cards to Trophy Cupcakes and Mighty-O Donuts

Tuesday, April 22: Ballard Love
2 tickets to Sustainable Sounds on April 20, a pair of earrings and necklace from Baleen, a $50 gift card to Skillet, and a Mustard & Co. gift package, Nube9 Earth Day t-shirt

Wednesday, April 23: Retail Therapy Day
A $200 gift certificate to Karan Dannenberg’s store, and $50 gift cards to Carmine Signature Group restaurants and Gene Juarez Salon

Thursday, April 24: Seattle Opera
2 tickets to see Seattle Opera perform “The Magic Flute”, courtesy of City Arts Magazine

Friday, April 25: Date Night x 3 (three winners)
2 tickets to the GeekWire Awards on May 4, 2017
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2 tickets to see Lionel Richie perform with Mariah Carey on September 5
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2 tickets to BECU’s ZooTunes at Woodland Park Zoo for Pat Benetar, Neil Geraldo, and Rick Springfield on August 15

Monday, April 17: Sustainable (Sounds)
2 tickets to Sustainble Sounds on April 20, a $50 gift card to No Bones Beach Club, a pair of Girlfriend Collective Leggings, and a Metamorphic Gear Quartz Dopp Kit

Tuesday, April 18: Snack Local
An 8 Pound Colossal Cut of Beecher’s Flagship Cheese, a Mustard & Co. gift package, and an array of goodies from Erin Baker’s

Wednesday, April 19: Up Your Style
A wardrobe audit from Cuniform, a $50 gift certificate to shop Moorea Seal’s store, and an autographed copy of Moorea Seal’s 52 Lists for Happiness

Thursday, April 20: Upcycled Fashion
A Nube9 package including a tank top, reversible bucket hat, and an Earth Day t-shirt, and a Metamorphic Gear tote

Friday, April 21: Family Baseball
4 tickets to a Seattle Mariners game, and 4 tickets to any regular season game of the Bellingham Bells

Thank you for celebrating Earth Day with us! Don't forget to drop off your donations and #BreakUp4Good with your stuff. Last year we kept over 53 million pounds out of landfills thanks to generous donors like you. 

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Daddy Daughter Dance for Monroe inmates made possible with Seattle Goodwill’s help

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
February 14, 2017

Elijah was sitting with his chair pulled up to a table talking with other inmates in a Monroe Correctional Complex visitation room when out of the corner of his eye he saw what means most to him in this world walking his way.

He quickly excused himself from conversation and dashed over to embrace his daughter, Mi’Leah, and mom Lori.

Lori frequently brings Mi’Leah, 6, for visits to see her dad at the correctional facility, but this time was different. Lori was nearly brought to tears when she saw her son dressed in a criss-cross patterned green and white dress shirt tucked into gray dress pants that nicely complemented his white sneakers.

“I had tears seeing him in clothes,” Lori said. “I started blinking (to stop tears), and he said, ‘Don’t do it, mom. Don’t do it.’”

Elijah was one of eight inmates, who for four hours on Saturday, Feb. 11, had the opportunity to share a special afternoon with their daughters and family during a Daddy Daughter Dance made possible by the Monroe Correctional Complex and Seattle Goodwill.

In an adjoining room next to where the men met their families was a large, open space acting as a dance floor. Music filled the room, there was a photo station, food and beverages and some of the daughters sang karaoke. The men in attendance were given cards styled to look like a tuxedo, and on the inside flap were able to write a message to their daughters to take home as a keepsake. They were also given small, intricate origami roses encased in a 4-inch tall 3D rectangular-shaped box. A square-shaped window cutout revealed the rose inside. Inmates from one of the correctional complex’s programs made the cards and roses for the event.

Seattle Goodwill donated clothing the men were wearing, and a week before the dance Goodwill employees delivered a large selection of shirts and pants for the men to try on in order to look their sharpest come dance time.

“It shows you in a different light,” said Elijah of being able to wear clothing other than their typical prison sweats. “It shows us to ourselves who we really are. This is the first time ever my daughter is seeing me in street clothes.”

Elijah, who admitted he loves to dance, shared plenty of moves and special moments with Mi’Leah. Walter and his daughter, Tejah, 9, did too.

“I’m very appreciative of this and for Goodwill caring about the relationships we have with our daughters,” said Walter, who also had his wife Trish with him.

Tejah, who Trish said had a cheer competition the same day and time of the Daddy Daughter Dance, had to choose what she wanted to attend. But for her, the chance to share a dance with her dad was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.

“I was excited I got to be with my daddy,” said Tejah with a sweet smile, “because I don’t get to see him much.”

Countless smiles and laughter filled the room throughout the afternoon, illustrating a stark contrast, Lori said, to the usual mood during normal visitations.

She describe a tense, dark-cloud feeling during normal visits. The room is loud, filled with families and it’s not unusual for one crying outburst to set off a chain of negative emotions among the visitors.

Saturday, laughing and smiling felt contagious. The mood was uplifting and offered an experience the men and their families agreed they wouldn’t soon forget.

Marjorie Petersen, Community Partnerships Programs Specialist at the Monroe Correctional Complex, came up with the idea of the dance after reading about a similar event held at the Larch Corrections Center in Yacolt, Wash.

Marjorie’s assistant reached out to South Everett Job Training and Education (JTE) Manager Susan Allen, asking whether or not Seattle Goodwill would be interested in partnering and providing clothing. 

“We know that strong family ties are so important to (the inmates’) success,” Marjorie said, which falls right in line with some of Goodwill’s core values. 

And for those four hours Saturday, the eight men and their daughters in their special dresses, enjoyed a lasting moment that’s sure to strengthen their bond.

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Breaking Barriers: Our Annual Report is out!

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
February 8, 2017

Goodwill's 2015-16 Annual Report

What do you think when you hear the name “Goodwill?” Thrift stores? A place to drop off your used goods? Do you think changed lives, changed families, and changed communities?

Seattle Goodwill has a mission to provide job training and education opportunities to those experiencing significant barriers to economic opportunities—and when you shop at and donate to Goodwill, you’re helping us achieve that. Last year, you helped us serve over 9,700 people.

Every year, we share of the impact we’re having on our community, thanks to generous supporters like you, in our Annual Report. This year, our Annual Report theme was “Breaking Barriers” and it focused on some of the barriers our students face—like lack of education, homelessness, absence from the workforce, or language barriers.

As a Goodwill shopper and donor, your support helps our students overcome their barriers—and we’d love if you took a minute to read our latest Annual Report to see the impact you’re helping make right here in our community.

Use the links below to see how your support is changing lives.

Read our Annual Report | Download a PDF of our Annual Report
See the Impacts & Outcomes of our programs

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Get Free Tax Preparation Help at Goodwill

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
January 30, 2017

Taxes can be stressful, we can help. Aside from accountants, there’s probably not a lot of people who get excited for tax season. It can be cumbersome, stressful, and downright unpleasant—but it doesn’t have to be. Thanks to United Way, tax season doesn’t need to be so taxing.

For the last few years we’ve partnered with United Way and other VITA Tax services to host free tax preparation—and this year is no different! At six of our job training and education centers, we’ll be hosting regular hours during which you can stop by and have your taxes prepared… FOR FREE.

To help you make the most of your time and free tax assistance, here are a few pointers on prepping before you come in:

  1. Bring your identifying documents.
    Bring at least one form of valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, and your Social Security Card or taxpayer identification number.
  2. Bring last year’s tax return.
    If you have it, bring it. It can help expedite the process.
  3. Gather and bring your income documents.
    Bring in your W-2s, W-9s, all 1099s, and any other document you have that shows your income sources for the year.
  4. Gather and bring your expense documents.
    This can include all varieties of 1098 forms pertaining to mortgages, student loans, tuition, and certain charitable contributions. It also includes medical expenses, medical insurance forms (1095s), moving, childcare, and business expenses—and more. You can see a more expansive and specific list here.
  5. Plan to take some time.
    While our staff and volunteers work hard to keep the line moving, free tax assistance is available on a first come, first served basis. This means you may have to wait in line for a little while. We recommend showing up as early as you can during one of the available time blocks (listed below).
  6. Take a deep breath.
    We know taxes can be stressful, and that’s why we partner with United Way to offer free tax assistance at six different sites throughout our region. Have questions? United Way has some resources on their site: and if you have location-specific question, click the link for your preferred location below to find contact info on that specific job training and education center.

From now through April 20, 2017, you can bring all of your paperwork and tax information to any of the locations below for free tax help:

January 10 - April 20
Tues. & Thu., 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat., 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun., 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Everett South
January 10 - April 6
Tues. - Thu., 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

January 10 - April 16
Tues. & Thu., 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat., 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Mount Vernon 
January 31 - April 14
Tues. - Thu., 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

January 9 - April 19
Mon. & Wed., 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat., 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

January 9 - April 19
Mon. & Wed., 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat., 10:00am - 2:00 pm

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