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Donation Drive Event Day: Tips for Success

POSTED March 6, 2019 IN: Donate


Here’s some important information to use in planning your donation drive.

Plan on hosting the donation drive for three hours. This will allow enough time for your donors to drop off donations and is a manageable time frame for volunteers.


Seattle Goodwill staff will be on the premises 15-30 minutes prior to the event and will bring attended vehicles, large boxes, pallets and canopies to protect donations.


Off-Street Parking: Ideally, a place to park our vehicles that is visible from the main road. We realize this is not always available, but the visibility does attract more donors.

While we plan on bringing 28-foot trucks, some events may require our tractor trailer combos, which are approximately 58-feet in length. We need space to park these vehicles and still have room for a steady stream of cars.

Restrooms: Since we are providing personnel for the drive, we need access to open restrooms.

Volunteers: We need your group to provide adult volunteers to greet customers, unload cars and sort merchandise. Four to ten people for the duration of the drive is best. If students are volunteering as part of your group, they must have adult supervision at all times. Generally, this is fairly light duty, but may require some heavy lifting.

No Truck Access: Because we want everyone to be safe, we must stipulate that non-Goodwill personnel cannot access our trucks, lifts, pallet jacks or any other piece of automated equipment.

Questions? Contact us via email at

Would you like to schedule a donation drive? Fill out this form to get started!

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