Northwest Center and Value Village Celebrate 50 years in 2017
By Denise Small
Senior Director, Big Blue Truck
In 1967, just two years after our founding, Northwest Center entered into a partnership with Value Village. We collect clothing and household donations with The Big Blue Truck™ and The Blue Bin. Value Village buys that merchandise to sell in its stores, and the revenue funds our education and employment programs. The innovative “social business” model was decades ahead of its time. Today, the partnership is stronger than ever, collecting state wide.
Northwest Center’s business relationship with Value Village has been the foundation of our entire philosophy of change, which is to use business to create social good. Now the world is embracing the business value of diversity at unprecedented scale, thanks in part to this breakthrough that started 50 years ago right here in Seattle.
Value Village founder William Ellison approached Northwest Center in 1967 and the board saw the potential in his proposed idea of a joint partnership. Bill was a pioneer in creating business models that produce social good. Thanks to our founders’ decision, Northwest Center has grown into a force for social change and human value.
Our partnership has given Northwest Center a sustainable source of funding that lets us design original programs for the community. We look forward to celebrating in 2017.
When you donate clothes and household goods to Northwest Center at select Value Village stores, at one of our blue bins or by scheduling a home pickup, Value Village pays us for those goods, providing financial stability for our programs and services.
Donate to Northwest Center at these Value Village Community Donation Centers:
Edmonds Value Village
21558 Highway 99
Kent Value Village
24034 104th Avenue SE
Lynnwood Value Village
17216 Highway 99
Marysville Value Village
1334 State Avenue
Mt. Vernon Value Village
525 E. College Way
Totem Lake Value Village
12515 116th Avenue NE
Tukwila Value Village
16700 Southcenter Pwky
Woodinville Value Village
14160 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd
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