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Edgewater Mutual Aid

We are a grassroots effort aiming to provide critical relief and engage in mutual aid practices with the Edgewater, Chicago community.


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Lilly Wachowski

$11,000 USD since Nov 2020

Sunjay Kumar

$4,608 USD since Jan 2021

Bruce Gingras

$2,300 USD since Oct 2020

Stimmy McStimulus

$1,740 USD since Mar 2021


$1,680 USD since Jan 2022

Leah Rogers

$1,471 USD since Feb 2021

Anonymous Amy

$1,300 USD since Dec 2021

Ren Gingras

$1,200 USD since Jul 2020

Gina Spitz

$1,050 USD since Nov 2020

Jimmy Rothschild

$1,000 USD since Dec 2020

Dann McKeegan

$600 USD since Nov 2020


$600 USD since Dec 2020

Neil A Hynes

$550 USD since Oct 2020

Krishna Kulkarni

$500 USD since Jul 2020

Ambika Seshadri

$500 USD since Dec 2020


Edgewater Mutual Aid Network

$21,435.41 USD since Sep 2020

Crossroads Fund

$3,000 USD since Feb 2021

Open Collective COVID-19 Relief Fund

$35.98 USD since Mar 2021

Edgewater Mutual Aid is all of us

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Leah Rogers


$1,471 USD

Ren Gingras


$1,200 USD

Krishna Kulkarni


$500 USD

Ian Perfitt


$180 USD

Edgewater Mut...

$21,435 USD

11/27/2021 Transferring funds raised from our V...

Lilly Wachowski

$11,000 USD

Sunjay Kumar

$4,608 USD


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Monthly financial contribution to Edgewater Mutual Aid (R...

Credit from Thomas Mackin III to Edgewater Mutual Aid

Contribution #552833
Today’s balance

$5,306.00 USD

Total raised

$58,415.19 USD

Total disbursed

$53,109.19 USD

Estimated annual budget

$25,655.48 USD


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News from Edgewater Mutual Aid

Updates on our activities and progress.

Supporting our Houseless Neighbors

Dear supporters and comrades, Edgewater Mutual Aid (EMA) and the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry (UBFM) have been distributing food/supplies to houseless communities in Chicago since the beginning of the pandemic. This...
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Published on November 24, 2020 by Krishna Kulkarni

Update on Transferring Funds from Venmo

We still receive donations to our Venmo (@EWmutualaid), so we are donating those to our open collective as Edgewater Mutual Aid. Recent donations like this were for $111 and $500.We appreciate Venmo for its ease of use and the ability to sh...
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Published on October 4, 2020 by Ren Gingras


The Edgewater Mutual Aid Network began as a grassroots, community effort to provide relief through a mutual aid model to those being affected by the Covid-19 outbreak in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. We are an autonomous mutual aid network, not a state-based charity effort. We believe mutual aid to be one strategy that works within a larger movement to dismantle capitalism, white supremacy and heteropatriarchy. Our mutual aid efforts attempt to address the multiple crises that those in our community suffer from, doing what the government cannot or will not. 

We provide weekly groceries, hot meals, clothing, medical resources and personal protective gear to those in need. We distribute necessities to the houseless in Uptown and Edgewater and we support them in the fight for safe housing. Resources are provided by our weekly food drive, local restaurants, grocery stores, and community mask makers. Organizing alongside other neighborhoods we’ve started to implement infrastructure that would allow anyone to access free wifi from most city blocks. In addition, we organize a neighborhood copwatch to hold Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the police accountable for their actions. In our reading group and political re-education groups, we discuss and integrate the tactics of those who have come before us: labor radicals, prison abolitionists, underground abortion and community health clinics. 

We acknowledge the Anishinaabeg, Niswi-Mishkodewin (Council of the Three Fires): Ojibwe, Odawa & the Potawatami and dozens of other tribes as the original stewards of this land who were engaged in mutual aid practices and molded and cultivated this land that we now reside on. 

By calling our hotline at (312) 324-4278 or filling out the online form, neighbors in the community can receive information on housing, eviction and rent/general strike support, financial assistance and ask for support with food, clothes, medical supplies and personal protective gear.