Tips to Maximize Your Donation to Goodwill

goodwillYour End of the Year Donations Helps Others Find Jobs

One of the perks of living in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood is having our very own Goodwill store within walking distance.  Located at 6400 8th Ave NW, the Goodwill has been a source of great deals and supports our communities values of reuse, reduce and recycle.

The end of the year is the perfect time to donate to Goodwill. The simple act of cleaning out your closets and donating to Goodwill will help them help others with free job training and education programs. Goodwill has some simple tips to help maximize your donations.

“Goodwill is so appreciative of our many donors in the community,” said Arie Mahler, Donations Manger for Seattle Goodwill. “There are some small steps that can make a big difference in increasing donation value  – such as using a rubber band to keep all the pieces of a puzzle together so none of the pieces are missing.”

Use these helpful tips and techniques to help bring the most value to your donations:

  1. To keep pairs of shoes together, please tie them together by the laces or rubber band them together.
  2. Rubber band or tape together boxes of games or puzzles.
  3. Bag up clothing and linens to separate from other items.
  4. Tape remotes to electronic devices. Tape a note to the electronic device indicating if it fully works.
  5. Box or bag like items together such as putting all the clothes together or all the dishes together in one container.
  6. For fragile items, please wrap them in paper and put them in a box and mark it “fragile.”
  7. For furniture that needs assembly put all fasteners in a plastic bag and attach it to the furniture.
  8. As part of the E-Cycle Washington program, Goodwill collects televisions, computer monitors, desktop computers and laptops free of charge. Items donated in good working condition will be thoroughly evaluated, and any existing data will be erased using certified technology tools. Items that can’t be sold will be recycled in accordance with E-Cycle Washington’s guidelines, which ensure that toxic materials stay out of our landfills.

Store revenues fund Goodwill’s free job training and education programs, which can lead to employment and fresh starts for people without jobs. Goodwill provides career services that anyone can use to improve their chances of getting hired, including assistance in writing a résumé, job interview practice and access to job leads. To find the nearest donation site, go to www.seattlegoodwill.org/donate.

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