Ward 2 Mutual Aid

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Mutual aid organization helping neighbors in need during COVID-19 in Washington DC, Ward 2

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Top financial contributors

Individuals

1
GW Student Association

$10,000 USD since Dec 2020

2
Sarah Johnson

$6,000 USD since Dec 2020

3
Luther Place Church

$5,000 USD since Sep 2021

4
Josef Burton

$3,400 USD since Nov 2020

5
Brendan Freehart

$2,880 USD since Oct 2020

6
Jennifer Lentfer

$2,750 USD since Oct 2020

7
Becky Ballard

$2,000 USD since Dec 2020

8
Peyton Jane Gibson

$1,173 USD since Sep 2020

9
Erin Boyland

$900 USD since Sep 2020

10
christine frye

$800 USD since Apr 2021

11
Andrea Flores

$700 USD since Sep 2020

12
Molly Porter

$700 USD since Dec 2020

13
Collin Bradley

$700 USD since Mar 2021

14
Adrianna Smith

$650 USD since Oct 2020

15
Cassidy Webb

$650 USD since Mar 2021

Organizations

1
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation

$10,000 USD since Aug 2021

2
18th Street Lounge

$1,000 USD since Oct 2021

3
Open Collective Foundation

$281.76 USD since Sep 2020

Ward 2 Mutual Aid is all of us

Our contributors 605

Thank you for supporting Ward 2 Mutual Aid.

Mary Catherin...

Admin

$370 USD

Cash donation from Ms. Morgan

Noel Schroeder

Admin

$150 USD

Niyati Shah

Admin

$35 USD

Jackie Giovan...

Admin

$20 USD

GW Student As...

$10,000 USD

Amalgamated C...

$10,000 USD

Sarah Johnson

$6,000 USD

Luther Place ...

$5,000 USD

Josef Burton

sponsor

$3,400 USD

Brendan Freehart

Neighbor

$2,880 USD

About


What is Mutual Aid?

Mutual aid is “cooperation for the sake of the common good.” It’s getting people to come together to meet each other’s needs, recognizing that as humans, our survival is dependent on one another. 

Mutual Aid is a practice and politics that emphasizes solidarity rather than charity. It means we recognize that our well-being, health and dignity are all bound up in each other. It means that we understand our survival depends on cooperation, not competition. In this particular moment, we see that our health is also dependent on other people’s health, and we can literally save each other’s lives. Rather than disengage and feel powerless, mutual aid allows us to plug in where we can make the most impact — locally. 

Mutual aid IS...
  • Getting people together in your community to provide material support to each other
  • Building relationships with your neighbors based on trust and common interest
  • Making decisions by consensus rather than relying on authority and hierarchy
  • Sharing things rather than hoarding things
  • Treating no one as disposable
  • Providing all kinds of support, ranging from food prep to childcare to translation to emotional support, and recognizing the value of all of them
  • A political education opportunity, where we build the relationships and analysis to understand why we are in the conditions that we're in
  • Preparation for the next disaster (natural or economic). Next time around we'll already have relationships with each other and know who is vulnerable and needs support
  • A great jumping off point for other kinds of organizing and movement work
Mutual aid IS NOT...
  • Quid pro quo transactions
  • Only for disasters or crises
  • Charity or a way to "save" people
  • A reason for a social safety net not to exist

DC Mutual Aid Network

The DC Mutual Aid Network (DCMA) is a grassroots community-led effort looking to take care of each other and keep our city as safe as possible.
  • DCMA is a decentralized, community-led effort, so there is no single group that runs the network.
  • There are autonomous groups for Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Wards 7 & 8 are served together by one group.
  • The DCMA Network is governed by the ward groups on topics of social media, website, fundraising, etc. The groups also share resources, best practices and offer referrals to other groups.

Ward 2 Efforts

Ward 2 Mutual Aid is part of the larger DCMA Network. Our concrete activities are:
  • Hotline - Volunteers staff our hotline, where Ward 2 residents can call and request assistance.
  • Groceries - We provide a biweekly grocery bag delivery to ~150 families that request it through our hotline or building captains. The bags include fresh produce, protein, dry goods, and requested household items.
  • Encampment Outreach - We organize a weekly supply drop to ~80 unhoused neighbors.
  • Building captains - We organize with local residents to utilize their leadership and relational networks. Building captains check on neighbors, relay needs, and assist with food donations and distribution.
  • Back to school - We organize with local parents to host a book and clothing swap.
  • Hot meals - For neighbors without access to a kitchen or with limited ability to cook, we connect them we other Ward 2 residents willing to drop off hot meals.
  • Support for high risk/immuno-compromised individuals - We have been partnering with local public housing buildings to drop off cleaning supplies, masks, and groceries.
We're excited to connect and build with you! Fill out this short form to stay connected to what's going on with Ward 2 Mutual Aid: bit.ly/W2MAsignup

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News from Ward 2 Mutual Aid

Updates on our activities and progress.

October 2021

Friends + supporters, Ward 2 Mutual Aid has received so many donations and new comrades this fall! Thank you for redistributing your wealth to help meet the needs of our neighbors. Update from Encampment Outreach Team Since...
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Published on October 30, 2021 by Niyati Shah

September 2021

Friends + supporters, Happy Fall! Please read below for a few pressing updates about our community. DC’s Pilot Program Criminalizes + Invisibilizes Homelessness This past month, D.C.’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health...
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Published on September 30, 2021 by Niyati Shah

August 2021

Friends + supporters, As August comes to an end, we want to acknowledge and amplify the incredible work of DC’s mutual aid organizations, as they’ve tirelessly redistributed wealth into our communities and worked towards the abolition of st...
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Published on August 31, 2021 by Niyati Shah

Budget


Transparent and open finances.

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Today’s balance

$16,343.42 USD

Total raised

$76,482.97 USD

Total disbursed

$60,139.55 USD

Estimated annual budget

$71,157.70 USD