Repair the World with Mutual Aid!
Mutual Aid initiatives are responding to meet the heightened needs of people across communities. These networks have gained momentum in order to provide necessary relief from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Repair the World staff and Fellows are directly involved in mutual aid efforts. Check out our #MutualAid campaign below where you can learn more about what it is and how to get involved to support your neighbors!
EDIT: Mutual aid is an important way to support and be supported by the community. It has been a tool for grass-roots community care and support long before the pandemic shut down businesses across the country. Due to the combined public health threats of COVID-19 and police brutality, both compounded by, the work of mutual aid very crucial right now. We are highlighting ways that you can get involved in local mutual aid initiatives and anti-racist actions that support our local communities.
Want to talk with a member of our team? Contact [email protected] to get connected or to share information about your mutual aid initiatives. Posted below are a sampling of initiatives across our communities that you can get involved with today.
- National Listings of Mutual Aid Networks
- Relief and Resources for Undocumented Immigrants
- New York City
- Repair the World Brooklyn Workshop Distribution Center: We transformed our Crown Heights workshop space into a donation distribution center in partnership with Mutual Aid, and are collecting non-food supplies from this Target Wishlist for Central Brooklyn neighbors who need them.
- Donate to Let My People Go to help raise money to secure the freedom of as many of our immigrant neighbors as possible! Funds have reached over 300k right to free at least 36 people.
- Support the COVID-19 Bailout! There is a high need for bail posters and for people in support roles to help folks upon release. At the time of posting this, they have already freed over 50 people and have raised even more money
- Support grocery access with Ratzon: Center for Healing and Resistance’s grocery fund! You can venmo @Ratzon-Food-Distro
- Donate to neighbors through Open Hand Ministries for grocery/rent/mortgage support!
- The Wellness Collective created the Community Delivery Hotline to ensure that folks with limited transportation and resources have access to their basic needs. Sign up to get resources delivered to you or volunteer to be a driver, intake coordinator, or switchboard operator.
- Need support and/or can you provide relief to others? Get involved with the Pittsburgh Mutual Aid network!
- Fundraise for or donate to the PGH Artists Emergency Fund to provide relief for artist/industry folks, many of whom cannot access unemployment and have lost all sources of income for the duration of the pandemic.
- Seniors, those living with disability, and folks living in food deserts are most at risk with the continual spread of the virus. Chicago Repair is working with partner: My Block, My Hood, My City to deliver groceries as well as response packages, to ensure access to hand sanitizer, health supplements, toiletries and food; to participate, email [email protected]!
Mutual Aid brings together many elements which we value at Repair the World. Volunteers engage with their communities to build and reify relationships across differences. Mutual Aid brings people together to directly address many of our major concerns, such as food insecurity, criminal justice, education justice and housing. Let’s work together to build communities we wish to live in, where all people can thrive together!