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Talking about charitable giving — and okay, money in general — can be tricky. It’s awesome to support local orgs making a difference and see your dollars make an impact. It’s also rad to be on the ground with other volunteers giving your time to a cause you’re passionate about. But it also takes more and more resources just to live in Seattle, so a lot of us have to see to our own needs before we can turn to our neighbors. Still: As we know from watching our city struggle with some pretty hefty challenges (think our head tax debate, lack of affordable housing, record income inequality, etc.), money — and where it moves — can really matter.
» So we wanted to ask: What’s the last time you gave money charitably to support something local, and why? Big or small, it all adds up. Let us know here.
Need some inspiration? Here are some candid thoughts from your fellow readers about their most recent charitable gifts…
🗞 Natalie Singer-Velush: “For most of the 16 years I’ve lived in Seattle, I couldn’t really afford to make philanthropic donations in the traditional sense. My husband and I worked in local journalism and that, paired with starting a family, meant we had a really small amount of dollars some years — and absolutely no money other years — to donate. … We tried instead to approach contributing in other ways. … So we spend money at local movie theater over big chain, local grocers, mom-and-mom restaurants, local book stores and hardware stores, etc.”
🏘 Tyler Davis Jones: “As a local Seattle real estate agent, I’ve played a role in the rise of unaffordability and have financially benefited from this rising economy. … I feel it’s only right and just to contribute to those who can’t afford to live here and who have found themselves homeless. I’ve chosen to partner with the local tech-focused nonprofit, Samaritan, by donating 5% of my profits from every home sold. … If we as a community don’t individually respond to this crisis, we will lose what makes Seattle unique, progressive and accepting. But if we do choose to step into owning our part of this issue, we will be a North Star of community to the rest of the world.”
🛍 Alison Darcy: “I think many people in our generation don’t have excess funds for donations or don’t trust where the money is going. I do have a monthly donation set up for Planned Parenthood. A guy with an iPad in the street was the first successful person to waylay me coming out of a store. … I always say that money and time are the only things that make change. If you don’t give one you must give the other but giving what you are able is most important. Sometimes in life you don’t have the room and other times you are the hero.”
Know the last time you donated to an awesome cause? Tell us about it here. We may feature your story in an upcoming newsletter for our Evergrey Giving Guide. Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for making this project possible.
‘The rest of us shouldn’t sit on our secrets.’ For too many women, watching last week’s Kavanaugh hearings brought back memories of sexual assault. When the hearings were over, local Candace Faber made a big decision. “@senatorfain, you raped me the night I graduated from Georgetown in 2007,” she tweeted 20 minutes later. “I’m done being silent.” State Sen. Joe Fain said that didn’t happen, and that he welcomes an investigation. Meanwhile, Candace’s friends and even her mom are saying she told them about this years ago. Candace worked for the city ‘til last year, has been a longtime Evergrey reader and supporter, and a couple weeks ago wrote a post we shared here because it so boldly called on local influencers to move past the theater of politics. We’re keeping her in our thoughts as officials process her allegation. (Medium, KUOW, The Seattle Times)
‘Diversity makes us stronger as a nation.’ ⬅️ That’s part of a message that’s now playing over the loudspeaker at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Why? Because after nearly two years of anti-immigrant messages from president Trump, local leaders think it’s worth repeating. Even cooler: Case managers from local immigrant rights orgs like OneAmerica and World Relief Seattle will be let in to help our new neighbors with everything from housing to school for the kids. (Crosscut)
A somber kind of fall. While the leaves are turning brilliant crimson and orange and floating to the ground around town, you might be noticing some special golden leaves emblazoned on Seattle’s sidewalks. These metal leaves are to help us remember our neighbors who’ve died while living homeless — and members of the Homeless Remembrance Project have placed a total of 281 bronze memorial leaves in 15 locations around the city. Want to support the project with a donation or volunteer time? Learn how here. (The Seattle Times)
Shake things up. NYC’s favorite Shake Shack chain is coming to the Emerald City. When? There’s no official date yet. But this menu preview from Seattle Met has us drooling. Our city even has a special burger called the Montlake Double Cut, which is made with a local bun, cheese, and crowd-sourced beef. Bonus: It’s only available in Seattle. The desserts didn’t skimp on the local flavors, either. Their Seattle shake and concrete (a frozen custard with toppings) comes with mix-ins like chunks of sweetness from Phinney Ridge-based A La Mode Pies, Theo chocolate, and — get ready to swoon — croissant brittle from Fremont’s Sea Wolf Bakers. 😍 (Seattle Met)
🍸 TOMORROW: Take an inside look at what’s at stake in some key ballot initiatives at Seattle CityClub’s Civic Cocktail (Belltown)
🏠 TOMORROW: Get top tips on how to navigate our housing market at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
🤓 Thursday: Hear your neighbors dive into 5-minute talks on a fascinating topic with Ignite Seattle (Capitol Hill) — SOLD OUT, with a standby line
🎙️ Friday: Get a fun primer on Seattle history from the recession of the glaciers to the opening of Ballard Locks at this Foundation event. (Fremont)
🍸 Monday, Oct. 8: Learn all about gin at this Foundation workshop where tickets get you light snacks, an apertif, the classic cocktails, and a digestif. (Phinney Ridge)
🍽 Tuesday, Oct. 9: Eat good food and meet good people while you honor and celebrate local agriculture at this Futurewise Feast with Friends. (Downtown)
👍 Wednesday, Oct. 10: Decode your leadership style at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
🗣️ Wednesday, Oct. 10: Hear from CNN’s Van Jones at Seattle Arts & Lecture’s three part series shining a spotlight on journalism and journalists (Downtown)
💡 Get yer flu shot and brush up on flu history at MOHAI (South Lake Union)
🎶 Celebrate Seattle’s iconic Artis the Spoonman’s 70th birthday (University District)
🎨 Sip while while you paint an autumn forest (Roxhill)
🗣 Explore key ballot initiatives at this Evergrey partner event (Belltown)
💪 Master our housing market at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)
🎟 Ride go karts and bumper boats after dark (Tukwila)
🍴 Get greasy at Cowabunga, the festival of beef (South Lake Union)
🍿 Kick off the Social Justice Film Festival with a flick on immigration (University District)
👋 Make new friends and learn old local history at this Evergrey partner event. (Fremont)
🎈 Pumpkin it up at this family friendly fall fest (Pioneer Square)
🗣 Watch U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D) debate challenger Susan Hutchison (R) (Tacoma)
👋 Meet and support Native Coast Salish artists (Downtown)
🍻 Go on a wild ’90s bar crawl (Pioneer Square)
🎈 Root for robots at Robothon (Queen Anne)
🎈 Geek out with Legos at BrickCon (Queen Anne)
🎈 Take the fam to the big Issaquah Salmon Days Festival (Issaquah)
🛍 Refresh your wardrobe at the 4th annual Frock Swap (Ballard)
🏞 Walk a corn maze and ride monster trucks at Thomas Family Farm (Snohomish)
🎶 Get hoppy and classical at Bachtoberfest (Columbia City)
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with an Evergrey membership. Is an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in tomorrow’s newsletter.