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, in 2010, the Ballard NW Senior Center was able to provide 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
For information on how to donate to our auction visit our Donation Form here.
For information on how to sponsor our auction visit our Sponsor Form here.
Read more about our Auction on our Auction Page here.
View the Auction Flyer here.
Donate New Items/Gift Certificates
Art, Wine and Chocolate
We'd love folks to sponsor our event! If you're an artist, chocolatier or friend of the Center, call us and ask how you can help to support our annual night of art, wine and chocolate. Call Kristina at 206-297-0403 or email her at KristinaW@soundgenerations.org for more information.
The Nifty Thrifty Book Store
Visit the growing Bookstore, for your choice of paperbacks, hardbacks, magazines, cassettes, DVDs, and records. Open Monday thru Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, 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
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 have brought in over $10,000 in sales for the first two sales this year, and we are in need of your contributions for the October 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!
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
Our spectacular Bazaar is in November. Last year many donations of expertly crafted items, such as handmade blankets, aprons, wall hangings and dolls 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. Call Kristina at 206-297-0403 for more information.
Center Wish List
- New Card Tables for the Card Groups
- Cases of Bottled Water for Events
- Monetary Donations for New Plates and Bowls for Community Dining
- Coffee for Morning Cafe(regular and decaf)
- Tea Bags for Morning Cafe (sealed)
- Large Cork Board for Computer Lab
- White Multipurpose Printer Paper for the Office (8.5 x 11, 96 Brightness, 20lb paper)