What are Seattle’s biggest needs? Send us a text to tell us how you see it

Ever since The Evergrey launched back in the fall of 2016, we’ve been all about helping you cozy up to this place we call home. One great way to do that? Giving back.

Over the next several months, we’re going to be helping you find the best ways to make this community — your community — better. We’ll be organizing volunteer field trips, shouting out people and organizations that lift us up, and getting real about the challenges and opportunities around giving in Seattle in a project we’re calling the Evergrey Giving Guide.

But before we unpack how we can all be most helpful, we should get a good sense of where we all need the most help. And to do that, we’re going to ask you to do something a little different. We’re going to ask you to send us a text. 📲

Fun, huh? Here’s how it’s going to work:

  • First, text the word GIVING to (206) 785-3055, or enter your cell phone number in the box at the bottom of this post.
  • We’ll reply right back, and ask you a couple quick questions about what you want to see improve in Seattle and why.
  • We’ll follow up with some of you and ask if you’re up for a quick phone call to say a bit more.
  • We’ll share out your answers next week, and see what they tell us about the range of ways we can give back to our city.

Feel too new / too busy / too involved / too uninvolved / too anything to answer these questions? You’re not! The more perspectives we see the city’s needs from, the more useful our project can be. In fact, we have a request. Can you ask one person you know who has a different point of view on things to send us a text, too? Just share this link with them.

Seattle ranks no. 1 for charitable giving and no. 12 for volunteering among 51 major metro areas in the country, according to our latest Civic Health Index. And we’ve got a lot to solve for. There’s housing, poverty, safety, inequality, health, and a lot more. But hey. We are our city’s best resource. And if anyone can make the difference, it’s us. 💪

Big thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which made this project possible. We love what we do, and are thrilled that we’re able to do more of it. Got an idea you want to share for our new Giving Guide? Hit reply or email [email protected].