Sustainability

Tickets on sale for Seattle Goodwill’s Sustainable Sounds concert

 
by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
April 14, 2017
 

Sustainable Sounds Concert

When: 8 pm. Thursday, April 20 (Doors 7 pm)

Where: Tractor Tavern in Ballard

Cost: $15 general admission

Performing: Prom Queen, Cataldo, Goodbye Heart, Acapulco Lips, Star Anna

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Every time a donation is made to one of Seattle Goodwill’s 40 donation sites, not only does that benefit our Job Training and Education programs, it also supports our environment by keeping materials out of landfills.

Last year alone Seattle Goodwill prevented 53 million pounds of goods from entering landfills.

To help us celebrate Earth Day and promote sustainable practices, we’ve partnered with Seattle radio station KEXP and have enlisted the help of local bands Cataldo, Star Anna, Goodbye Heart, Acapulco Lips and Prom Queen for a fun-filled night at our Sustainable Sounds concert.

The bands will play break-up cover songs in conjunction with Seattle Goodwill’s #breakup4good campaign, in which we are encouraging people to break up with unneeded items and donate. The concert starts at 8 pm. Thursday, April 20, at Tractor Tavern in Ballard. Doors open at 7 pm. General admission tickets costs $15 and can be purchased here.

“We are excited to play this show, because it’s our first show of 2017 and we love Goodwill and KEXP and Tractor,” said Leeni Ramadan, Prom Queen guitarist and lead vocalist. “Plus the bands are amazing, and I love the theme of the evening. I am excited to perform our selection of breakup songs!”

Leeni and her band members regularly support Goodwill’s mission, and now they have the opportunity to promote the message of sustainability.

“Thrifting has been a way of life for me for as long as I can remember,” Leeni said. “And my bandmates love it, too! Whenever we travel, we are always thrifting in each city if we have time. I shop at Goodwill on a regular basis, and some of my favorite things I own are from there.”

KEXP DJ Sharlese Metcalf, who hosts Saturday’s Audioasis show from 6-9 pm, will be handling MC duties for the third consecutive year.

“The Break Up for Good event provides another way to promote local music, which is really fun and important,” Sharlese said. “Not only is Goodwill a retail shop, it uses its funds to help people find jobs and get education and get into the work force. I think that is really special.”

Here is a quick breakdown of the five bands performing at Sustainable Sounds:

Prom Queen

Prom Queen, best described as a dark surf rock, girl-group noir sound, went from a solo project to a band after her debut album Night Sound in 2012. Prom Queen’s live show is described as moody and electrifying, and it showcases each of the band members’ skill.

Cataldo

Cataldo, an indie pop band, is led by creator and front man Eric Anderson, who grew up in Moscow, Idaho and moved to Seattle after college. Cataldo’s shows have evolved through the years to not only entertain musically but visually as well. Cataldo’s newest project, Keepers, is slated to be released April 28, 2017.  

Goodbye Heart

Goodbye Heart, a dream pop duo, is composed of friends Sam Ford and Nila K Leigh, who began collaborating in New York City before moving to Seattle. Their sound is made up of atmospheric synths, electronic percussion and heart-wrenching vocals. Their musical influences range from The Cure to Johnny Jewel to Nas.

Acapulco Lips

Acapulco Lips, a psychedelic trio, formed in a Seattle basement and were brought together by the love of reverb-laden R&B and psychedelic rock. Their unique sound is a blend of 1990s Seattle garage music and a 1960s eternal summer sound.

Star Anna

Star Anna is a singer and songwriter from Ellensburg who blends country sound with emotional and honest rock and roll. She has a unique voice that Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur described as: “a voice full of bluster that will slam the door behind you, then find itself alone to take in the loneliness, the quiet, the beauty.”

Besides joining Seattle Goodwill and KEXP for our Sustainable Sounds concert, be sure to follow our social channels for daily prize giveaways. Each giveaway will start at 8 am and close the following day at 8 am. Grand Prizes include Lady Gaga tickets, a Sounders FC package and a Seattle Repertory Theater night out, which includes a $250 gift card to the Seattle Repertory Theatre and a $50 gift card to Local 360.

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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

GRAND PRIZE DRAWING

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.

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


 

DAILY GIVEAWAYS
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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Celebrate Earth Month with Seattle Goodwill

 
by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
April 7, 2017
 

At Seattle Goodwill, we deeply value sustainability. We partner with local organization and programs like Threadcycle and eCycle Washington to ensure donations we can’t sell are properly recycled. We use SmartBins and have a LEED Gold Certified Administrative Services building. Last year, thanks to generous donors and shoppers, we kept over 53 million pounds out of landfills.

So—when Earth Day rolls around—we like to celebrate… for weeks. This year we have donation drives, a concert, an online vintage sale, and two weeks of daily giveaways to celebrate. All month long, we’re inviting you to join with our community, and #BreakUp4Good with the… stuff… you don’t need anymore.

Check out what’s coming up, and tune into our Facebook page for updated information:

Uber + Goodwill Donation Drive

UBER DONATION DRIVE: Saturday, April 8, 10 am – 4 pm
If you live in Uber Seattle’s footprint, from 10 am – 4 pm this Saturday, you can request a donation pickup in your Uber app. It is 100% free of charge—you just pack up your clothing donations, request it on the app, and meet the driver at the curb. Click here for full details.

EARTH DAY GIVEAWAYS: April 10 – 21, Monday – Friday
Seattle is full of awesome, local, companies, organizations, and restaurants—and we’ve partnered with some of them to bring you two weeks of seriously awesome giveaways. Check back on our blog on Monday for a full list and schedule of giveaways—and don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. (Pssst. We won’t tell you the whole prize list yet, but we will tell you that it may or may not involve tickets to go see Lady Gaga when she comes to town. And the Sounders. And donuts. And awesome, locally and sustainably produced things from local businesses.)

ONLINE VINTAGE SALE: April 11 – 21, Online Only
Did you know that Seattle Goodwill sells online? About 3% of our total donations go to our online stores—and that includes some vintage jewelry, clothing, and accessories. From April 11 – 21, we’ll be celebrating upcycling & sustainability with an online sale, including discounts of 25 – 50% on select vintage items. Check back regularly! New items get listed each day of the sale. http://bit.ly/shopSGWonline

Sustainable Sounds: #BreakUp4GoodSUSTAINABLE SOUNDS with KEXP: April 20, 8 pm
Join us and KEXP on Thursday, April 20 at Tractor Tavern for a night of breakup songs, celebrating our #BreakUp4Good campaign. Proceeds support our local, free job training and education programs. Local acts CataldoSISTERSGoodbye HeartAcapulco Lips, and Prom Queen will be performing. Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2n2n3xA

We are SO excited to celebrate Earth Day with you! Here are some resources to help you #BreakUp4Good this month:

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5 New Year Resolutions Goodwill can help you keep

 
by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
January 1, 2017
 

5 New Year Resolutions Goodwill can help you keepIt’s the first day of a new year, and we have high hopes for your 2017!

Starting afresh in the New Year is an excellent feeling—with the renewed commitments to health, happiness, success, and the pursuit thereof. Now is the time that many choose to make changes in their lives—and we can help with some of the most common New Year Resolutions:

For those who resolve to reduce their eco-footprint:
Start your journey toward sustainability by checking out some of the ways Goodwill contributes to a more eco-friendly community. Not only did we keep over 60 million pounds of material waste out of landfills in 2016, but we also enable our community to make eco-conscious consumer decisions in regards to how they dispose of still-usable materials—and help reduce the need for new goods.

For those who resolve to be healthier:
Whether you’re looking to make changes to your diet, add more activity and exercising to your routine, or both—you’ll find what you need in our stores. From health-focused cookbooks and kitchenware, to athletic attire and workout gear, Goodwill is an excellent place to find quality goods at an affordable price. Protip: Looking for high-end kitchen appliances? Check our online stores.

For those who resolve to spend less, and save more:
Living in the greater Seattle area can be expensive—and shopping thrift can help save some of those hard-earned dollars! With a few exceptions, if there’s something you need, you can probably find it at Goodwill—home goods, clothing, décor, athletic gear, toys—the list goes on! Not only do we have a little of everything—but it’s easy to find high-quality name brands at a fraction of retail prices.

For those who resolve to get organized:
Goodwill can help those of you looking to get organized in multiple ways; shed your excess clutter at a Goodwill donation site, and pick up new ways to organize—like filing cabinets and storage bins—at a nearby Goodwill store. Don’t know where to start the process? Hit up our books department for some books like Marie Kondo’s The Life-changing Magic of Tidying, or visit our Cleaning & Organizing blog category for some tips.

For those who resolve to help improve their community:
Goodwill has many ways you can personally get involved in positively impacting our community through job training and education—and even a number of ways your company can get involved. By donating materials, giving financially, or shopping—you’re helping us fund the programs that we offer  at nine job training and education centers throughout the region free of charge to our students. We also have hundreds of volunteer opportunities every year, for individuals and corporate groups. You can be a single-day event volunteer, or a regular volunteer working with our students. Your company can also get involved by hiring our work-ready students.

Last year, thanks to supporters like you, we helped over 9,700 individuals right here in our region. No matter how you choose to support Goodwill with your New Year Resolutions, ultimately, you’re helping make an impact for our students, their families, and our community. Thank you for your support last year—and we look forward to being a part of your 2017!

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Ten Tips for End-of-Year Donations

 
by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
December 29, 2016
 

End Of Year DonationsWith 2016 nearly behind us, it’s time to do that end-of-year purge that allows us to start 2017 afresh, give us a good kickoff to our New Year’s resolutions—and get that tax write off. People donate for a lot of different reasons: to lighten their material load, act on their commitment to sustainability, because they support our mission or to declutter. Goodwill is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so your donations are also  tax-deductible.

No matter why you choose to donate to Seattle Goodwill, you can rest easy knowing your donation is creating a positive impact on our community through increased sustainability and our job training and education programs. Last year, thanks to generous donors like you, we helped over 9,700 people in our community through our programs.

Here are ten tips to help you with your end-of-year donations:

  1. We can take your electronics.
    When we can resell electronic items in our stores (online and brick and mortar), we go through a throughout wiping process using certified technology tools. When we can’t resell them, we work with E-Cycle Washington to make sure they’re properly recycled, and toxic materials stay out of landfills. This includes everything from that old CRT monitor collecting dust in your garage, to the iPhone you recently upgraded from.
  2. We can take your old garments and rags.
    A lot of people throw away damaged clothes, linens, and textiles because they think we can’t take them—but we can! Thanks to a partnership with King County & Seattle Public Utility’s Threadcycle program, we can take ALL textiles, as long as they’re not wet or moldy. We work with Threadcycle to ensure they’re reused and recycled—and kept out of landfills as much as possible.
  3. Grab a tax receipt, and fill it out.
    Your tax receipt is your ticket to your tax write off. Filling out the portion listing what you donated will help you in a few months when you file your taxes. Our receipts also have our Tax ID number, which will be asked for on your taxes.
  4. You can donate your car.
    Do you have a car taking up space in your garage, driveway, or yard? Through V-DAC, we can accept car donations—whether the vehicle is running or not. You can deduct the final selling price of your vehicle on your tax return—which is often more than what you might get for a trade-in or direct sale.
  5. Let us know about fragile items.
    Wrapping fragile items in newspaper or plastic bags, boxing them up, and writing “fragile” on the outside will help our donation station attendants know to take extra care with that box.
  6. Use rubber bands & baggies.
    When donating, making an effort to keep things that belong together—together—like shoes, game pieces, hardware that goes with an item, etc., is extremely helpful, and helps us raise more funds for job training and education. Here are some tips on maximizing the impact your donation has.
  7. We can accept financial gifts.
    Want to support Goodwill, but don’t have much stuff to give? Whether you can give $5, $25, or $100—your gift makes an impact.
  8. We partner with a number of services to help you get your big donations to us.
    We know that in the city, not everyone has a vehicle—let alone a vehicle big enough to move a couch or a dining table or a china cabinet. That’s why we’ve partnered with ZipCar, College Hunks, and Dolly to help you move your large donations. There are even some perks to using those services to donate. See the perks at the bottom of the page here.
  9. Check what we can and can’t accept before dropping your donation off.
    There’s not much on the list of items that we can’t accept, but checking in before driving to a donation site can save a lot of hassle. Check out our list of items we can and cannot accept. Have a question? Tweet us @SeattleGoodwill.
  10. Use Give Back Box.
    If you have some items to donate—but don’t have time during our open hours—check out Give Back Box. You load a box up with your donation, print a shipping label, and have your donation sent to us for free. It’s easy, environmentally friendly, and makes an impact on our community!

We have 42 donation sites throughout our region, and you can find the one nearest to you here.

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