DIRECTLY TO YOUR NEIGHBORS
What is it? An app connecting Seattleites to their unhoused neighbors using a “beacon.” App users get notified when they’re near a beacon-holder so they can learn their story and needs.
Makes change by… Building relationships between locals and folks who are often ignored.
Cost: The app is free, but you can use the app to give money to a beacon-holder so they can get necessities like food, clothing, and bus passes.
» Real Rent Duwamish
What is it? A giving program that supports members of the Duwamish Tribe, whose Chief Si’ahl inspired Seattle’s name. Duwamish land was signed away to settlers in 1855 in a treaty, but settlers never upheld their promises.
Makes change by… Helping locals confront Seattle’s history head-on and support a tribal nation that doesn’t get federal assistance. The org hopes locals can build stronger relationships with the Duwamish through monthly donations, or “rent.” as a modern way of honoring the unfulfilled treaty.
Cost: The org has a handy way to help you decide what to give on any budget.
WHEN YOU’RE HANGRY
» Conscious Eatery
What is it? A sandwich spot in Georgetown owned by rad Seattleites who want to make sure struggling locals can get a tasty, filling meal.
Makes change by… Giving away a meal for every meal you buy yourself. Conscious Eatery partners with Mary’s Place, White Center Food Bank, Roots Young Adult Shelter, and Saint Vincent de Paul to hand out fresh food. They’ve donated 13,000 meals to date.
Cost: $5 – $10
» Cookie Counter
What is it? A vegan ice creamery and bakery in Greenwood. Toasted marshmallow sundae, anyone?
Makes change by… Letting customers buy a treat coupon for someone who’s struggling. The coupons get pinned to Cookie Counter’s “paying it forward” board and a neighbor in need can grab one to buy something sweet.
Cost: $4.50 – $32
TO HELP FEED LOCAL FAMILIES
» Elk Run Farm
What is it? A small community-run farm fighting food insecurity with a wide reach throughout South King County.
Makes change by… Giving its fresh produce to 12 food banks throughout the region. Their workers and volunteers also teach local youth about urban farming.
Cost: You can donate any amount once or make it a monthly donation
» City Fruit
What is it? A program that sees Seattle yards as an urban farms. Happen to have a fruit tree at home? They’ll help take care of it and harvest the excess fruit for you.
Makes change by… Donating our backyard fruit to local families in need. In 2014, City Fruit harvested nearly 28,000 pounds of fruit and served 70,000 families.
Cost: $25 or four hours of volunteering for membership, which covers the cost of registering your tree and harvesting it. How ‘bout them apples?
TO FUND SOCIAL CHANGE
» Rainier Valley Corps
What is it? An org that supports organizing and nonprofits led by people of color (POC).
Makes change by… Training the next generation of young leaders, providing resources for POC-led nonprofits, and encouraging collaboration across communities.
Cost: $25 supports leadership and advocacy training sessions for Rainier Valley Corps fellows, who aim to start new nonprofits that’ll support their communities’ needs. You can also opt to donate monthly.
» Faith Action Network
What is it? An interfaith group of organizers advocating for social justice issues around Washington state.
Makes change by… Talking with elected leaders about needs like housing affordability, voting rights, and supporting marginalized communities.
Cost: You can sign up to make monthly donations of $10 or more, or make a one-time donation.
» For the People
What is it? A brand new collective — seriously, their launch party is tomorrow — that helps financially support Northwestern community organizers, including Seattle climate justice activist Zarna Joshi.
Makes change by… Easing financial burdens for activists so they can focus on leading social justice projects.
Cost: $5 or more, which can be made monthly or just once.
Thanks to everyone who’s sent us the great giving ideas that inspired this list! Know of local cafés or restaurants that give customers ways to spot a meal or drink for their neighbors? Hit reply to let us know. Want to celebrate all the ways we support Seattle? Join us Thursday, November 29, as we mark not only our second birthday, but also the launch of our Giving Guide. Don’t miss it! Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for making our Giving Guide project possible.
Noooooo! City Arts, a regional arts and culture magazine started in 2006, announced it’s ceasing publication and letting go of its staff because it’s out of money. In their letter to readers, the mag’s editors and staffers said they may try to keep City Arts going online, but its future is uncertain. “For now, we take heart in the beautiful prism of countless people who’ve been with us on this ride and we trust that our legacy lives somewhere in those beams of light,” they wrote. 💔 (City Arts)
Investigation is a go. Yesterday, state legislators voted to kickstart a “fair, nonpartisan” outside investigation into rape allegations against Republican state Senator Joe Fain, who is bidding for re-election. He’s denied the allegations. In September, Seattleite and former City of Seattle Information Technology Department employee Candace Faber accused Fain of raping her in a Washington D.C. hotel on the night of her master’s degree graduation in 2007. (The Seattle Times)
One for the ferry fans. Need to get across the water fast? We’ll soon get to ride the Kingston Fast Ferry to get to and from Kingston and downtown Seattle in 39 minutes, no fairy dust needed. The new, speedy ferry service launches Monday, November 26. Get your coat and camera phone ready for some gorgeous marine views, folks. 🌊 (The Seattle Times)
‘A local atrocity.’ On Tuesday, a Fremont resident said they saw a woman break and drive away with the neighborhood’s famous Center of the Universe sign, which points to international locales and nearby sights like the Fremont Troll and Sunday market. Someone caught video of the theft and gave it to Seattle Police, but it’s still out there, somewhere. Have a tip about who did it? Call the Fremont Arts Council at 206-547-7440. (MyBallard, The Stranger)
🍻 TONIGHT: Visit Ballard’s best bars and raise a glass to mentorship at the 3rd Annual Big Brewers, Big Sippers Pub Crawl (Ballard)
💡 Monday, Nov. 12: Team up with local international students for trivia and beers at this event co-hosted by The Evergrey and the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (Capitol Hill)
🔬 Tuesday, Nov. 13: Dig into the science behind anxiety and depression at this Foundation event at Pacific Science Center (Queen Anne)
✊ Wednesday, Nov. 14: Find your purpose and let it drive you at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
🎨 Tuesday, Nov. 20: Paint your own holiday ornaments while supporting kids in foster care at this Foundation workshop. (Fremont)
🎟 Check out some sweet rides with your fellow car lovers — through Nov. 12 (Pioneer Square)
🎨 Peruse locally made arts and crafts — through Nov. 11 (Sand Point)
🎨 Catch the unveiling of a mural dedicated to Seattle’s Black Panthers (Rainier Valley)
🎨 See eclectic performances at SAM Remix (Downtown)
🍸 Learn how to make cocktails from the pros (Capitol Hill)
💃 Put on your dancing shoes for a swing dance convention — through Nov. 12 (SeaTac)
🎈 Get into the early holiday spirit early with reindeer and model trains — through Dec. 24 (Blue Ridge)
🍺 Sip a cold one at this “Big Lebrewski” beer fest (Phinney Ridge)
🎶 Catch this battle of the bands — through Nov. 11 (Downtown)
🎈 Honor veterans at a giant parade (Auburn)
🍺 Raise a glass to awesome mentors at this Evergrey partner event (Ballard)
💡 Hear from a co-founder of the Black Panther Party (Central District) 🆕
SUNDAY ~ VETERAN’S DAY
🍿 Laugh and cry at award-winning flicks at the Turkish Film Festival — through Nov. 17 (All over)
🎈 Frolic with your favorite chocoholic to the Northwest Chocolate Festival (Downtown)
🎨 Trek northeast to see the weird crafts at Oddmall (Monroe)
🏞 Honor the veterans in your life with a free hike at state and national parks (All over)
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. Learn what our emojis mean here, 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.
On Monday, we’ll be kicking back over beers and trivia with a bunch of international students to help them get more familiar with our city. They’ve all recently moved here this fall and have stayed connected with University of Washington’s Foundation for International Understanding Through Students. 🌎
Want to meet ‘em and spend an evening showing off your collaborative smarts over cold brews? RSVP here.
See ya there, Seattle. 🍻 — The Evergrey