Donate to Us!
“All Mom did was sit in front of the TV until the center became a part of her life. Now she is involved, exercises, volunteers and has new friends” — an appreciative daughter
Every day, your donations help people find the support, services, and activities that will improve their lives.
Every weekday, many seniors get the support they need, and achieve good social, physical, and mental health, and the many benefits provided by our Center. Your donations help many seniors in your community.
There are several ways you can support our mission:
Regardless of how you contribute, we are grateful for your support. Thanks to your donations, the Ballard NW Senior Center provides more than 4,000 seniors from Ballard, Magnolia, and Queen Anne with services. Look through the web site, stop by, or give us a call and you will start to get the picture of center life and see why this senior center is a wonderful place, whether you are 50 or 100.
“A few years ago my husband passed away unexpectedly. I didn’t have any family in the area and I was alone and depressed. I went to the Ballard Senior Center and it was such an uplifting experience to go there to have a meal and to talk to someone. I am a baby boomer senior and like to do things for myself, but the Ballard Senior Center was such a huge help for me—and in a way, a lifesaver. ” — grateful wife
The Ballard Northwest Senior Center does so much for so many and is a one stop shop for those 50 and above and their families. Think of yourself, mom, dad, grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend or neighbor and what you or they may enjoy, want or need now or in the future. This is the place in the Ballard, Magnolia, Crown Hill and surrounding areas where it all happens. A friendly lunch spot, a workout center, a movie with friends, a Wednesday night dinner, a health and wellness center, take a class, talk to a lawyer or financial planner or make some jewelry and on it goes.
“Dad wasn’t eating well and seemed to have little interest after our Mom passed. Someone suggested he go to the center. Now, he has lunch friends, takes a class or two, and might exercise on occasion. What a difference! He is interested again in life” — A grateful son
It takes a lot of resources to run a center and we are grateful for all the donations from center members, friends and the community. We are a 501(c)3 agency and your contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. (Check with your tax adviser). When goods are donated, we have a donation form for tax purposes. Thank you for your help and support.
Donation forms are available at the upstairs reception desk, and a valuation guide is available. We are a non-for-profit and your contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. (Check with your tax adviser).
Auction and Dinner
The Nifty Thrifty Book Store
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Mondays – Fridays
Visit the growing Bookstore, for your choice of paperbacks, hardbacks, magazines, cassettes, DVDs, and records. The Bookstore is located next to the Dining Hall & Cafe. People enjoy finding a great book to read. In our new bookstore people are welcome to read and relax in our comfortable couches, and books can be bought to take home. Our Bookstore is run by the wonderful Book Movers Group, and is supplied by fantastic donations from readers like you. Donate your previously read books and know that they will be read and enjoyed.
Donate Gently Used Items Rummage Sales
Seems we just finished one sale, and the next day we are on to the next sale. Thanks for all your help and support. We are ready for your clean, in good working order donations. We brought in over $5,000 in sales from our February 21-22, 2020 sale, and we are in need of your contributions for the June sale. Your ‘don’t needs’ are another’s treasure. Large rummage pick-ups can be arranged depending on the pick-up area location. We succeed because of you! Email Carolynw@soundgenerations.org regarding pick ups.
What Items We Accept
Ballard NW Senior Center accepts gently used rummage items including all articles of clean clothing, shoes, blankets, and bedding, as well as collectibles, jewelry, kitchenware, toys, small appliances, electronics, small furniture, and sporting goods. All items must be in gently used and working condition with no missing pieces.
What We Do Not Accept
- Items not in lightly used or new condition
- Broken and damaged items
- Items with missing pieces
- Toiletries and soaps
- Liquids and lotions
- Complicated electronics (i.e. printers, computers, etc.)
- Large pieces of furniture and mattresses
- Wheelchairs and medical equipment
- Commodes and shower seats
- Cars and trailers
- Items made out of Styrofoam
Donate Holiday Items
Email Carolynw@soundgenerations.org or call (206) 297-0403 for more information.
Our spectacular Bazaar is in November. Last year many donations of expertly crafted items, such as handmade blankets, aprons, and wall hangings were donated and delighted people who came to shop. Delicious baked goods were made the day of the Bazaar, and the lunch provided in the café was wonderful. People looked through the fantastic holiday items people had donated to the center and bought many of them. This is an important event as it is one of the last fundraisers the Center does each year.
Please let us know if you plan to bring “goodies” for us to sell or would like to join a group to come bake items ahead of time for the Holiday Bazaar. Gifts, hand crafted items, Holiday decorations (new & used), and baked goods are welcome. People interested in using our Craft Room to work on projects are welcome.
Center Wish List
- White multipurpose printer paper for the office (8.5 x 11, 96 brightness, 20lb paper)
- All colors of paper for our flyers/posters
- White business envelopes
- Cases of bottled water for events
- Gift Certificates for the Auction & Bingo
- Coffee (ground, regular and decaf) for Morning Cafe
- Tea bags (sealed) for Morning Cafe
- Large and medium-sized plastic containers.
- Rummage items of all sizes. Call to ask what we accept for our Rummage Sales.
- Money to purchase flowers and decorations.
- The Bead Works Group needs more green beads for their fantastic creations.
- Monetary donations for new plates and bowls for Community Dining