Hey there, it’s Tuesday — but not just any Tuesday. Today is Giving Tuesday, a global movement that encourages folks to give their time, money, and talents to causes and organizations they care about.
2020 has been rough for everyone, and many of us have already stepped up to share what we can. Today, we’re encouraging you to double down on those efforts and consider new ways to get involved and make a difference in your community — not just today but throughout the month and into 2021. (It’s coming, we promise!)
What follows is a list of ways to participate in Giving Tuesday in Seattle. Have other ideas to share? We’d love to hear them. Just hit reply to this newsletter.
— Grace and Caitlin at The Evergrey
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5 ways to celebrate Giving Tuesday
🛍️ Stock the shelves at our local shelters and food banks. Winter is a time when many service providers run low on basic necessities, like cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items. You can check directly with your favorite organization or search for local nonprofits to shop for on Amazon. Here in Seattle, Mary’s Place, the Downtown Emergency Service Center, YouthCare, and Jubilee Women’s Center are just a few of the local nonprofits with active Amazon lists.
💸 Put your money where your mouth is. COVID-19 hasn’t just been tough for local businesses; the resulting economic downturn has also hit nonprofits, arts organizations, and other groups that rely on the generosity of our community. If you’re able to donate money to a cause you care about, now is a great time to do so. Not sure where to start? Check out this list of orgs we compiled back in 2018 or this list of COVID-related mutual aid funds.
💪 Volunteer if you feel safe doing so. The pandemic has forced many orgs to cut back or modify their volunteer opportunities, but there are still lots of ways to help out — and keep your distance. A few opportunities we recently spotted on the United Way King County website: Making food deliveries, serving as a phone buddy for isolated seniors, and virtually tutoring K-12 students.
🏘️ Look for the need in your own backyard. If there’s one silver lining to COVID-19, it’s that it’s brought our neighborhoods closer. Maybe you have an immunocompromised neighbor who needs help grocery shopping, or an elderly relative who’s missing out on social interaction, or a friend who could use some cheering up. Many of the usual ways to show you care are still in play: Pick up the phone, send an encouraging message, or drop off a special treat.
📰 Support local journalists. Look, we’re not here to tell you how to spend your money, but we’d be remiss not to mention that this pandemic has hit local news outlets like ours especially hard. If you don’t already pay for your news, now is a great time to start. Subscribe to a newspaper (digital counts!). Donate to public radio. And if you still have a little bit left over, consider becoming an Evergrey Extra member.
Things to do
🌏 Honor World AIDS Day with local “artivists” and find out how you can get involved (Online)
🎓 Listen in on a conversation between a journalist and a recent high school grad about the process of making a documentary about senior year. (Online)
📚 Engage with Black creators at this Seattle Arts & Lectures event (Online)
🎙 Join Langston Seattle for a virtual conversation with the cast and production team of the Broadway show “Ain’t Too Proud.” (Online)
📖 Hear from Kiley Reid, the NYT-bestselling author of “Such a Fun Age” at this author talk with Third Place Books and the King County Library System. (Online)
🎄 Attend Phinney Neighborhood Association’s 40th annual Winter Festival and Crafts Fair which goes through the weekend. (Online)
💪 Celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage by learning about five “woman warriors” (Online)
📖 Shop for all the bibliophiles on your list at Holiday Bookfest 2020 (Online/Citywide)
🎶 Take the edge off the holidays with a hilarious variety show (Online) —through Jan. 3
🎨 Learn how to make holiday pop-up cards at this 50+ art class (Online)
🍽 Learn how to cook and eat mindfully at this virtual workshop (Online)
One more thing …
Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. We’re busy compiling a local gift guide, and we need your help. Know a local maker or small business that should be on every Seattleite’s shopping list? Hit reply to this email to let us know. 🎁
See ya tomorrow! ✌️
— The Evergrey