Glitter Gala Stylist Intern: Heather Nyland

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
October 8, 2015

With less than one month before our annual Glitter Gala and Fashion Show, the three interns who are putting together the looks that you’ll see showcased on the runway are working hard to create a show that will be engaging, entertaining, and exciting.

One of those interns is Heather Nyland.

Having participated in the Goodwill Design Challenge her freshman and sophomore years at the Art Institute of Seattle, she’s no stranger to Glitter Gala; but this year as a senior, she’s excited to see her work as part of the main runway event. “It feels really exciting to see my work on the runway. It’s my vision out there. That’s a really big opportunity, and I’m grateful that my work will be exposed to so many people.” For this year’s Glitter Gala “In the City”-themed Fashion Show, she’s working on two segments: Urban Getaway and Cocktail Warrior.

Heather was born and raised in Marysville and has been interested in fashion since she was a young girl. “It all started in middle school,” she said, “Looking through the fashion magazines—seeing how beautiful the prom dresses are.” She’s inspired by the over-the-top and extravagant work of designer Roberto Cavalli. “I like to take something ordinary and figure out a special twist to it—to make it special.” She explained. For her, not only is this internship helping her learn more about what she wants for the future, but it’s an opportunity to give back to the community. “I love the heart of Goodwill.” She said, “When I was looking for internships, this one just spoke to me—it’s part of who I am to want to give back and help.”

In the future, she plans to work her way up—and eventually launch her own non-profit clothing line. “I know that everyone is beautiful on the inside, and what I create for them to wear… I want to bring that beauty from the inside out.”

On November 6, you’ll be able to see her hard work come to life on the runway at the Glitter Gala—and purchase her unique looks after the show at the after party!

Click here to purchase Glitter Gala and Fashion Show tickets.


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What’s on deck for Halloween 2015

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
October 1, 2015

Goodwill loves Halloween. Like—four different contests, costume consultants in stores, partnerships with Sony Picture’s Hotel Transylvania 2, dressed up employees LOVES Halloween. Our Halloween displays have been up in stores for a few weeks now, and we’re ready to start rolling out some of the fun we’ve got planned for you Seattle Goodwill supporters.

First off—much of the fun will be happening on our social media channels, so it’s important that you follow us there. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on contests, giveaways, and all the Halloween hullabaloo we have planned.

Here’s the rundown:

Our friends at Goodwill Industries International partnered with Sony Pictures as they release Hotel Transylvania 2! We were thrilled to take part in the movie’s opening night at AMC Pacific Place! Check out to see the partnership in action!

This year we partnered with some well-known locals from places you might recognize—like Evening Magazine, Q13 FOX, the local music scene and restaurants—to give back to our community in the Halloween spirit. Starting Monday, September 28 and running through Sunday, October 19, click the link below to vote for your favorite costume worn by a well-known Seattleite! The winner will receive 30 $25 Seattle Goodwill gift cards to give to a student group of their choice! Vote here:

We enjoy our annual two weeks of daily giveaways so much that we decided to precede it with some $10 gift card giveaways—on Twitter and Instagram! From October 1–16, tweet at us or share a picture of your costume-in-progress on Instagram letting us know either what you’re planning on being, or what unique piece you need to find at Goodwill for your costume—be sure to use the #BeYourOwnMonster tag, too! We’ll choose six winners throughout the giveaway period to receive $10 in Seattle Goodwill gift cards to shop for their Halloween costumes! You must use @SeattleGoodwill and #BeYourOwnMonster in your tweet to be entered to win.

From October 19–30 on weekdays, we’ll be doing daily giveaways on our Facebook page! Prize packages will be sourced from local (awesome) companies, artists, and organizations. We’ll announce the prize list in early October. Tune into our Facebook page to get all the details as we release them!

It’s BAAAAAAAACK. We’ve been doing a Halloween Costume Contest for a few years now—and it gets a little better every year. This year, snap a photo of your costume, and upload it here between October 19 and November 2 for a chance to win one of three killer prizes. What are they, you ask? You could win a set of tickets to go see the Seattle Seahawks play the Pittsburgh Steelers, tickets to 107.7 The End’s Deck The Hall Ball, or dinner tickets to Teatro ZinZanni!

We can’t wait to see your costumes! 

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Vote Seattle Goodwill "Best Vintage and Resale"!

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
September 26, 2015

Every year, King 5's Evening Magazine asks the people of Western Washington to nominate and vote on their favorite Western Washington businesses, personalities, organizations—and more! Last year we were nomintated in "Best Vintage and Resale" and thanks to people like you, we were the runner up!

We’ve been nominated again in the same category, and would love your help! Would you take a moment to head over to our Best of Western Washington page and vote for us? We’d love it if you also left your best Goodwill tip, or let us know what your favorite location is in the comments!

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Thank you for your time—and ongoing support of our job training and education programs! 

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Comcast Donates Backpacks to Seattle Goodwill

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
September 20, 2015

It is September and back to school season! This year Comcast donated $15,000 to purchase over 1,200 backpacks for a Back to School giveaway for the children of Seattle Goodwill’s students.

“Seattle Goodwill is excited for this partnership with Comcast that distributed backpacks to youth at events or sites to ensure students are ready to return to school,” said Andy Herbst, Director of Job Training & Education Centers. “We appreciate Comcast supporting our students’ families.”

Backpacks were purchased through Goodwill’s new goods department and were filled with school supplies donated by Complete Office. Selected Job Training Centers are organizing on site events or tabling at community events, during August and September, where the backpacks will be handed out to recipients.

The backpacks were given away during the following events:

“Our students are coming from such different socio-economic circumstances that it’s important to provide as many as possible with school supplies so they’re equipped for an education,” said Diem Ly, community relations manager for Comcast Washington. “This doesn’t solve the complex inequities students face today, but what we aim to do is something even more critical than providing material assistance. We want to show each student there is a community of people behind them, people who care about them, and want them to succeed.”

All backpacks included materials about Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program for low-income families.  Now entering its fifth year, Internet Essentials has connected more than 25,000 low-income Washington residents to online access at home.

Since 2011, Comcast has made 25 key enhancements to the program.  Most recently, the Company announced it is doubling the service’s download Internet speed to up to 10 Mbps downstream and providing a Wi-Fi router for no additional cost.  Customers will be able to power multiple devices simultaneously and connect any Internet-enabled device, which could help save money on wireless bills. 

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Rainy Day Fun

by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
September 19, 2015

During summer in Seattle, our rainy weather sometimes seems like a faraway mirage…but sooner or later, the clouds and drizzle return. With a little prep and the ideas below, a rainy Saturday can be an entertaining and memorable day for you and your kids.


Create a special box or bin just for use on rainy days, with items like:

Dress up clothes and costumes
You’ll find dress-up items at Goodwill that include kid-sized party dresses and Halloween costumes. You’ll also spot plenty of adult-sized clothing and accessories with dramatic flair, like prom dresses, suit jackets, sports jerseys, Hawaiian shirts, and all kinds of hats and sunglasses. 

Board games and puzzles
Include some new-to-you board games in the box, or even print out directions for card games and add a deck of playing cards. Visit your local Goodwill for puzzles for all different ages.

Gift-wrap second-hand children’s books for an extra-special addition to your rainy day box.

Tiny treasure hunt
Purchase some smaller toys in advance, and you’ll be ready to organize an in-house treasure hunt.


Put on a show/make a movie
Encourage your elementary-aged kids (and their younger siblings) to create their own theatrical production, using costumes from our rainy day box. Older kids/tweens can film the show.

Pillow and blanket fort/camping
Forts are a timeless favorite among younger kids. Keep spare blankets on hand so you don’t have to take apart your bed, along with extra flashlights for pretend “camping.” Make some microwave s’mores to complete the experience.

Buy baking supplies in advance, and you’ll be ready for a rainy day project with a sweet finish. Baking’s a crowd-pleaser for kids of all ages, from toddler through teen. With fruit pie filling in your cupboard, you’ll be ready to make hand pies (recipe courtesy of The Artful Parent blog) or create these whimsical monster cupcakes.  

Include mugs or picture frames in your rainy day box for a decoupage project. You can use newspaper, old sheet music or printed out photos. Check out the how-to’s courtesy of Pop Sugar.

After the treats, entertainment, games and crafts, your kids may actually look forward to the next rainy day—and maybe you will too.

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