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🤔 What if we were more open about money?

GIVING BACK IS DELICIOUS. Kudos to our awesome group of volunteers for all their work prepping and serving meals to neighbors who really appreciated it. ♥️
(📸: Ana Sofia Knauf)

☝️ A big big shoutout to everyone who joined our volunteer field trip to FareStart to serve a yummy community dinner to more than 200 people, including FareStart students, grads, and their families and friends. FareStart trains locals struggling with poverty and homelessness for jobs in the food industry, and we had a blast helping the students get to know each other over a delicious meal.

Thanks to Annie Hoffman, Aster Max, Katrina Akioka, Dominique Barni, Therese Casper, Valentina Vitols, Heather Catalano, Ryan Bello, Kiel Stroupe, and Emily Okey for pitching in and donating some awesome door prizes. ♥️

We’ll be back at FareStart next Wednesday with more of you to help prepare Thanksgiving meals for our neighbors in shelters around the city. These volunteer spots filled up fast — which says a lot about how much you all care about your neighbors.

And on that note…

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How much money do you make? Have you ever asked your friends about their salaries? What about your colleagues at work? Are these questions freaking you out right now?

For the first time ever, there are now more Seattle families making at least $200,000 than the number of families making less than $50,000, according to U.S. Census numbers analyzed by The Seattle Times.

That’s a big deal. And yet, we don’t really talk about how numbers like this affect us personally, or how they shape the ways we relate to our city. In fact, only about one in 10 Americans “would feel comfortable talking about how much they make at a dinner party,” and we’d rather discuss politics and religion over money.

We want to change that, and we want your help.

We’re looking for a handful of locals from diverse backgrounds to talk openly on camera about money: What’s your financial situation? What do you wish people who make more or less than you knew about it? What do you think we could learn if we were more open with each other about money?

We want to hear from folks who make a lot, a little, and everything in-between. If you’re into the idea and willing to talk candidly with us about this tricky and important thing, hit reply and let’s chat.

And now, let’s help you make some plans…


👋  Join us for bar trivia with Seattle newcomers from around the world (Capitol Hill)
🏞  Visit state and national parks for free in honor of Veterans Day (All over)
🍿  See movies by transgender filmmakers and go “speed friending” with fellow queer and trans folks (University District)


🎶  Grab some tacos and listen to the Seattle Ladies Choir (Ballard) — thanks to Charity Gourley for the rec!
👋  Mix and mingle with fellow creatives at this super casual monthly event (Downtown)
💡  Learn how social media is widening our political and ideological divides (Capitol Hill)
💡  Get nerdy about anxiety and depression at this Evergrey partner event (Fremont)


🍴  Eat around Seattle to support the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (All over) — thanks for the rec, Tara Clark!
🍻  Soak up science about mussels, bacteria, and nano-drones (Capitol Hill)
💡  Listen to writer Francis Fukuyama talk about the ‘politics of resentment’ (Capitol Hill)
💪  Learn how your purpose can lead you at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)


🛍  Steal ideas for your big day from this fake wedding show (Pioneer Square)
💡  Sip a glass of wine and learn how your DNA can solve a murder (South Lake Union)
🗣  Listen to your neighbors’ stories about unexpected gratitude (Capitol Hill)
🎟  Glam it up at Community Drag Bingo (Georgetown)


💡  Take the ferry to an actual real-life ghost conference (Port Gamble)
🎶  Watch a laser light show set to Pearl Jam tunes (Queen Anne)
🍴  Sample deliciousness from local female chefs and mixologists (Downtown)


🗣  Hear inspiring talks from your neighbors at TEDxSeattle (Queen Anne) — thanks to Berrak Sarikaya for the rec!
🏞  Join a food drive scavenger hunt by bike at Cranksgiving (SoDo)
🍴  Gobble up the goods at this rad Seattle food show (Belltown)
🍻  Look ridiculously adorable at this epic onesie bar crawl (Pioneer Square)
🎨  Mingle with authors and create your book bucket list at Holiday Bookfest (Phinney Ridge) — thanks to Jennie Shortridge for the rec!


🎈  Go Nordic for the holidays at Julefest (Ballard)
🎈  Burn off pre-holiday calories at this 5-10K run/walk (Green Lake)
🎨  Dive into the work of black Seattle artists at Pacific Northwest Afro X (Central District)


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.


💡  TONIGHT: 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)

🔬  TOMORROW: Dig into the science behind anxiety and depression at this Foundation event at Pacific Science Center (Fremont)

✊  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)


We’re looking forward to introducing you tonight to international students who are new in town and ready to make the most of their adopted home. So if you haven’t yet RSVP’d to our bar trivia night co-hosted with the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students, get on that here, then join your fellow Evergreyers at Optimism Brewing at 7 p.m.

And while you’re in the RSVP mood 😉, don’t forget to snag your spot at The Evergrey Turns 2 on Nov. 29. That’s our big second birthday bash, where we’ll also launch our Evergrey Giving Guide, made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Have a good one, all.  — The Evergrey

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