Volunteering in Seattle
People can donate to these stores pretty much anything that could be used to build, furnish or repair a home. After donation, the furniture is restored if needed and then sold at discounted prices with the proceeds then used in the construction efforts. I worked largely in restoration and helping organize the sales floor as well as accepting donations.
I would highly encourage anyone to browse through their Re-Stores and to donate to them. I spoke with one habitual (puns) shopper at the store who had recently purchased a table for $3000 that was valued upwards of $30000. That's a pretty good deal towards a good cause too. Don't ask me what kind of table. I don't know, but for $30k, the thing better tell a joke or tie shoes or punch people from San Diego in the face who always "insult-compliment" any Mexican food that isn't from San Diego as "pretty good but not real Mexican like back home."
I apologize for not getting a photo of this effort either. It feels awkward to interrupt people's work to take a photo. Nonetheless, I'll make an effort to do so from now on.
Below are some photos from my adventures through the Seattle area, with my trusty tour guide Ryan Johnson. They include Pike's Place, the OMG WHAT ARE U SRIUS ORIGINAL #starbs starbucks coffee shop, kayaking on Lake Washington and Gas Works (cover photo) which is where the paintball scene from 10 Things I Hate About You was filmed.
Don't judge me because I know that movie. I have two sisters, alright? I'll see you after Glacier National Park in Montana.