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Mar 20, 20

Autonomous Groups Are Mobilizing Mutual Aid Initiatives to Combat the Coronavirus

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In the span of just a few weeks, the coronavirus has completely changed life as we know it, while also exposing the vast array of contradictions firmly entrenched within capitalist society. America has been laid bare as to what it always has been, a settler-colonial project that is the sole property of those who own it, as John Jay, one of the ‘Founding Fathers’ once argued. In the face of this disaster, Trump has predictably doubled down on painting the pandemic with a xenophobic brush as his supporters use it as yet another excuse to push half-baked conspiracy theories in order to defend the dumpster fire that is his administration. Meanwhile, outside of the gaze of neoliberal TV pundits who now pander to studios with empty audiences, across the so-called United States, autonomous groups are mobilizing to provide mutual aid to their neighbors and those hit the hardest by the exploding virus.

From Pandemic to Class War

For millions of poor and working people, life in this country is going to change – and change very quickly. Already, many companies are starting to lay off workers as the economy slows and things begin to shut down. Low wage workers, many already living just on the edge of eviction and homelessness, now find themselves with even less money coming in and with young children, recently forced out of school, to watch and feed.

In many ways, the coronavirus has accelerated all of the trajectories of modern capitalism that have hurdled us towards our current position: rapidly gentrifying cities, automation and the gig economy displacing workers into precarious forms of employment, the rising cost of living, and lack of access to affordable healthcare, education, and daycare for children. To make matters worse, soon the US will be rocked by a flood of very sick people attempting to access a broken health care system that is unprepared to handle a wide-scale pandemic.

Already there are signs of growing anger. Students in Ohio rioted after police attempted to push them off the streets following a 24-hour eviction notice at their campus in Dayton and students at MIT protested when they were forced to leave as well; some with no idea as to where they would go. Fiat auto workers in Canada walked off the job over coronavirus concerns and fast food workers across the US have picketed and demanded paid sick-leave.

In the face of this growing class anger which threatens to boil over into a potentially insurrectionary wave, elites have already begun to loosen a few chains out of fear. From talks of a stimulus package, to a moratorium on paying interest on student loans, police suspending arrests for minor offenses and scaling back patrols in general, the push to release non-violent offenders, AT&T ending the cap on data, the suspension of evictions in many cities, and Detroit turning water back on to residents who have unpaid bills. In short, poor and working people everywhere should recognize that those in power – are afraid.

Seize the Time

In this moment, everyday people have to seize the initiative and get organized; before a new normal takes hold and the State can re-solidify its authority. The Trump administration will try and do this through blunt violence and police orders, as already the national guard is streaming into various cities. Democrats and the neoliberal media on the other hand will push for the country to “come together” behind Joe Biden – assuming that the November 2020 elections even are held.

If poor and working people see within the coronavirus not only a pandemic that will possibly leave in its wake a massive death count, but also the very real crisis that is modern industrial capitalism, then we must mobilize for our own interests, push back, and actually fight. This means demanding not only bread and butter: free housing, access to food, an end to evictions, and clean water: but also building new human relationships, new forms of actual life. This means creating ways of meeting our needs, making decisions, and organizing ourselves and solving problems outside of the State structure and the capitalist system.

Towards this end, we are encouraged by the explosion of grassroots and autonomous mutual aid projects that are springing up across the US. Not since the early stages of the Occupy Movement have we seen this growth of spontaneous mobilization in the face of a crisis. These efforts must continue to organize themselves, grow, network, and deepen their connections within working-class and poor neighborhoods.

What follows is both a collection of resources and links, as well as a list of active mutual aid projects that are currently mobilizing in the face of the coronavirus. We are also including a short reading list, and information on how to participate in phone-zap campaigns in support of prisoners and migrant detainees.

To have your group or mutual aid project listed, email us at: info [at] itsgoingdown [dot] org

Organizing and DIY Resources

Mutual Aid Networks

Organizing Guides

Indigenous Mutual Aid

Indigenous Mutual Aid: An information and support network with an anti-colonial and anti-capitalist framework. We exist to inspire and empower autonomous Indigenous relief organizing in response to COVID-19. We seek to grow the organizing of this effort into a collective hub of organizers from throughout what we recognize as Turtle Island. Please connect to our Slack channel to connect, share, & build. Directory of groups here.

Pacific Northwest

Washington:

  • Sunnyland Neighborhood Mutual AidNeighbors coordinating pick ups/drop offs, meals, community gardening, childcare, eldercare, tutoring, dog walking and whatever else we can in Sunnyland, a neighborhood in Bellingham, Washington. Twitter. Request form. Offer form.
  • Tacoma Food Not Bombs: Mutual aid collective that provides free food, supplies, and information to our community men evers experiencing housing insecurity or houselessness and food insecurity.
  • Cascadia Bioregional Mutual Aid for Deaf Communities of Color: Mutual aid support for underrepresented community members who identify as Deaf BIPOC in British Columbia, Washington State and Oregon only. Twitter. Facebook.
  • Masks for Docs: We have one goal: Get protective supplies into the hands of healthcare workers as quickly as possible.
  • Southwest Washington Mutual Aid: The intent of this group is to open up space to share Southwest Washington and global community information and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Snohomish County Mutual Aid: We are a grass roots group united to help our neighbors during the COVID19 crisis.
  • Support Seattle Sex Workers: Relief funds for sex workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Jefferson County Mutual Aid: JeffCo Mutual Aid is focused on giving money to people who lost their jobs or are experiencing financial hardship due to the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Snohomish County Emergency Mutual Aid Group: Mutual Aid Group for the residents of Snohomish County.
  • Kitsap Community Mutual Aid: This is an intake form to help community members ask other community members for support in Kitsap during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Facebook. Spread sheet.
  • Puget Sound COV-19 Mutual Aid: Seattle based collective well-being through class solidarity, disability justice, anti-racism, abolition. Resource guide here. Donate here. Instagram.
  • Lettered Streets Mutual Aid: Coordinating efforts including childcare, eldercare, housing, supplies, food, emotional support in the Lettered Streets neighborhood of Bellingham and beyond. We can also help connect you to other efforts happening in Bellingham and Whatcom County. Request support. Offer support.
  • Tacoma Mutual Aid Collective: Tacoma Mutual Aid Collective works in solidarity with Tacoma communities to support resource, knowledge, and skill sharing across our neighborhoods. Currently organizing free food programs for kids hit by school closures and beyond. Support via PayPal. Grocery program sign-up form.
  • Olympia Mutual Aid: We are coordinating food and supply drop offs to people’s front doors. Please use this form if you would like to help make deliveries. Facebook.
  • Olympia Community Resilience: Olympia Community Resilience is a volunteer run mutual aid project coordinating support involving grocery delivery, food restrictions, translation or interpretation services, pharmacy prescription pickups, running errands, food preparation, and centering accessibility needs and prioritizes vulnerable populations including those experiencing marginalization from disability, quarantine without pay, transphobia, racism, ageism, ableism, homelessness or housing insecurity and other health conditions. Request support. Offer support. Email: [email protected]
  • Common Stash: Mutual Aid in So-Called Olympia: We are not afraid of sickness—many of us are already sick, and those of us who are not yet sick will one day become unwell. But we are afraid of not getting cared for, of not getting what we need and of those we love not getting what they need, so we are coming together, collecting and redistributing herbal remedies, over the counter cough medication, and other supplies to our friends and neighbors. Instagram.

Idaho:

  • Idaho Mutual Aid Group: Volunteer community group of neighbors coming together to help neighbors during the Covid 19 epidemic.
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We are urgently collecting immune support herbs, herbs for respiratory health, and over the counter cough, cold, and flu medications.

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Oregon:

  • Portland COVID-19 Mutual Aid Hub: Mutual aid hub at the Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th Street. Every week we are making dozens of meals for immigrant workers at VOZ and distributing food stables to those who need it most in our community. Please come by!
  • Coast to Cascades COVID-19 Mutual Aid: Coast to Cascades Mutual Aid is a volunteer-led support system started on the Oregon coast that provides groceries, supplies & money to people who can’t leave their homes during the COVID-19 crisis. Donate here.
  • Coast Mutual Aid: The website is a platform for people to submit requests for financial or non-financial assistance and also a place for people who want to give or support someone.
  • Pandemic Mutual Aid Network: This is a hub for the growing Pandemic Neighborhood Mutual Aid network. Please find and connect with your neighborhood here! If you’re interested in starting one for your neighborhood, reach out and we will get you started! Includes the following neighborhoods:
  1. Gateway/Hazelwood
  2. Southwest Hills
  3. Milwauke
  4. Alameda/Irvington
  5. Buckman/Berns
  6. Oak Grove
  • PDX Mutual Aid Network: We are an all-volunteer grassroots group operating in the territories of the many tribes who have made their homes near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, including Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla.  Instagram and Facebook.
  • Portland Coronavirus Mutual Aid Fund: We are currently forming a coalition of groups to coordinate grassroots response to the coronavirus.
  • Yamhill County Oregon Mutual Aid Discord: Community group within Yamhill County Oregon regarding all mutual aid needs and localized information concerning COVID-19.
  • Lane County: Mutual Aid hub for those in the Lane County area.
  • South Willamette Valley Mutual Aid Network: As things get harder, we show up for our neighbors. We advocate collective liberation through class solidarity, disability justice, anti-racism, abolition, and horizontal mutual aid as we reside on stolen Kalapuya land. We are trying to build a network of many neighborhood pods across Lane County. Instagram. Facebook.
  • Coalition of Graduate Employees Local 6069 Mutual Aid Caucus: The Mutual Aid caucus is dedicated to using our combined talents and abilities to provide help to our fellow graduate students in times of material, emotional, and mental need.  We will collaborate with other caucuses to identify and address opportunities for aid.

Bay Area & Northern California

Northern California:

  • Cooperation Humboldt: A volunteer program to run errands and deliver food / supplies to those self-isolating, make DIY masks and hand sanitizer/cleaning solutions, and coordinate computer/tablet donations for those working/schooling from home. We just launched a mental health team and a policy/advocacy team. We’re also working with numerous other community organizations and one local government (the Wiyot Tribe), so far, in a coalition to coordinate our responses and form a cohesive front. Facebook. Instagram.
  • Pandemic Solidarity Support: Chico mutual aid coordination.
  • North Valley Mutual Aid: Mutual Aid organization in Chico, California. Spread sheet.

Central California:

North Bay:

  • Good Fairy Marin County: Where volunteers connect to neighbors who need support, especially those sheltering in place in Marin. Good Fairies are working to provide caring, friendly help with the practical and  emotional challenges of life.
  • Mask Sonoma: Emergency supply & coordination of N95 masks to houseless and underserved in times of air quality crisis. All volunteer.
  • Sonoma and Marin County Mutual Aid Network: Covid-19 Sonoma & Marin County Mutual Aid 2020 is a place where everyday people can get grounded and find things and resources familiar to them. Group members can see and engage in familiar activities on a daily basis that feels comfortable to them.

San Francisco:

  • San Francisco Neighbors Solidarity Network: Bringing free groceries + supplies (hand sanitizer, gloves, mask) to our elders & vulnerable neighbors throughout the City every week.
  • SF Community Support: We are a grass-roots effort coordinating safe actions to meet the most pressing needs in our neighborhoods. Facebook.
  • SF Bay Area Mutual Aid: The idea behind this is to crowd source some mutual aid for folks in the SF Bay Area, who are affected by Covid-19 or the current situation.
  • Bay Area Senior/Disability/Worker Mutual Aid: In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, communities most affected are coming together to support each other. Senior and Disability Action, Bay Resistance, and a variety of community organizations and labor unions are working to identify and meet the needs of seniors, people with disabilities and health conditions, and workers who are at risk in this moment.
  • Bay Area Mutual Aid Support – Care Kits: We will be preparing care kits to distribute to the most vulnerable. We’d like to support local people with economic instability by paying you to make healthy, vegan and low waste food. We can pay you for supplies and a little bit of labor with the donations we are receiving. You would have to make/package/label the food. We organize the pick up/drop off. Donate here.

East Bay:

South Bay:

  • South Bay Area Mutual Aid: We are coordinating food and supply drop offs to people’s front doors during the COVID-19 quarantine.
  • Santa Cruz County Aid: Please fill out this form if you live in Santa Cruz County and have specific needs due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Also use this form to indicate that you can help provide for the needs of other people. Donate here.
  • Monterey Peninsula Aid: Please fill out this form if you live on the Monterey Peninsula and have specific needs due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Also use this form to indicate that you can help provide for the needs of other people.

Southwest

California:

  • High Desert Mutual Aid: A group of community members dedicate to helping one another through this pandemic. Facebook.
  • Antelope Valley Mutual Aid: Comprised of AV residents interested in flattening the curve, limiting exposure, harm reduction, caring for the sick, and supporting those facing financial and any other hardship because of the COVID19 pandemic. Spread sheet.
  • Ventura County Mutual Aid: As always in times of crisis, it’s clear that bosses, landlords and power brokers in government will choose profits over people every time. As socialists, we recognize that solidarity is the only thing that can save us. We’re collecting resources and organizing mutual aid in our neighborhoods to help everyone get through this difficult time.
  • Los Angeles Mutual Aid: Ground Game LA is an all-volunteer grassroots group operating in Los Angeles, connected with multiple coalition partners throughout LA. Mutual aid resources and links.
  • Mutual Aid Los Angeles Fundraiser: Mutual Aid Action Los Angeles (M.A.A.L.A.) would like your support to continue our work and keep growing. We are committed to providing a wide range of services and support to anyone who comes through our doors and beyond. We practice Mutual Aid to live our solidarity.
  • Los Angeles Mutual Aid Fund: Providing mutual aid to communities in need of supplies such as drinks, food, sanitary products, clothing, and other things needed. We feel it’s up to us to provide for our communities and we must come together in solidarity in times of crisis. Any amount of donations will help and we thank you for your support!
  • Long Beach Mutual Aid: Spread sheet for mutual aid resources in the Long Beach, California area.
  • Pomona Mutual Aid: Pomona Mutual Aid Network is a collective of community organizers, teachers, students, youth, and workers coming together to support those most vulnerable during the COVID-19 health crisis. The working class and poor face the gravest challenges during this time. We can provide support for food or supply drop-off, transportation, monetary assistance, mental health, and navigating social services. The Pomona Mutual Aid Network comes from a long tradition of solidarity, not charity. Intake form.
  • Mutual Aid San Diego: We will be sharing this list with trusted groups doing mutual aid in San Diego, county-wide, who are organizing mutual aid. We will not use or share the info you provide for any other purpose.
  • San Diego Mutual Aid Resources (DSA): Hub for DSA mutual aid initiatives.
  • DSA San Diego Libertarian Socialist Caucus COVID-19 Mutual Aid Grocery Run: Sign up to be a shopper or for shopping support.

Nevada:

  • Washoe County Mutual Aid Solidarity Network: An all-volunteer grassroots network in Reno, Nevada, connecting with multiple coalition partners throughout the region. Contact us via Twitter for more information on volunteering, requesting support, and/or donating.
  • Las Vegas Mutual Aid: Please fill out this form if you are in the Las Vegas area and are interested in offering support to people impacted by COVID-19 *OR* are requesting support for yourself/a family member.

Utah:

New Mexico:

  • Camp Red Sleeves Mutual Aid Fund: We are serving #unshelteredrefugees in Northern New Mexico during the pandemic of #settlercolonialism, distributing personal hygiene kits, emergency hand washing stations, food, water, and clothing.
  • Albuquerque Mutual Aid: In Response to COVID-19, we’re organizing mutual aid to respond to those that are often not included in conversations about public health.
  • Santa Fe Mutual Aid: We are organizing food deliveries, childcare, medical assistance, mental health support, and financial support for community members in the city Santa Fe, New Mexico and outlying regions. Donate here. Intake form.

Arizona:

  • Tucson Mutual Aid: We are coordinating food and supply drop offs to people’s front doors. Please use this form if you would like to help make deliveries. Thank you!! This is a live document that will continue to change and update as we move forward.
  • Tucson Food Share: Free grocery program operating twice a week.

  • Kinlani (So-Called Flagstaff) Mutual Aid: This is for members of the Flagstaff community to volunteer (including outlying neighborhoods — from Timberline and Doney to Kachina and Mountainaire) to offer skills, resources, supplies, space and time to community members who are most vulnerable among us.
  • Navajo Hopi COVID 19 Response: We are an all volunteer grassroots indigenous led group operating on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations. We are prioritizing the elderly (especially those raising their grandchildren), single parents, and struggling families by helping them buy groceries, water, and health supplies, and by protecting them (and their vulnerable communities) from exposure by engaging volunteers to make the purchases and deliver them to a safe transfer location for the families. Facebook. Hotline: 1-833-956-1554
  • Mutual Aid Group Phoenix Metro-Area: Located in so-called Phoenix, Arizona.

Central

Nebraska:

  • Everett Free Grocery Program: The Everett Free Grocery Program is a long-term weekly food and hygienic product distribution program. Our aim is to build trust, autonomy, and mutual support within the Everett Neighborhood (Lincoln, Nebraska). We aim to approach food distribution from a grassroots model that erases the dividing lines between those who receive resources and those who provide them. Donate here. Instagram. Email: [email protected]
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Working towards autonomy is a gradual process. . . . . Exciting conversations are in the works about getting regular access to free food/hygienic supplies for our weekly distro, but for now we are all donation-based as we expand our capacity and build power in our neighborhood in Lincoln. Please share our Action Network widely and donate if you can – link in bio! #autonomy #fivedemandsnotoneless #solidarity #communitynotcops

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  • Lincoln/Omaha Mutual Aid: This group is intended to be a forum for people to request and offer help specific to needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic in our area.
  • Midtown Mutual Aid Network Omaha: This group is organizing to create a mutual aid structure and tools for neighborhoods to replicate. We have compiled resources, forms, and documents to help organize Neighborhood Point People (NPPs) and volunteers offering support. Email: [email protected] for more info. Hotline: (402) 807-3742‬. Spread sheet. Donation page.

Kansas:

Montana:

  • Bozeman Solidarity: The volunteer will drop off the items outside of the residence, in an effort to reduce exposure.
  • Missoula Mutual Aid: In Missoula, we have created a COVID19 Community Organizing group, which aims to organize material support. Immediately we are providing grocery and supply deliveries. We are preparing to expand this to running errands, dog walking, childcare, caregiving, and mental/emotional support among people impacted by the pandemic. Donate here.

Colorado:

  • Four Corners Mutual Aid Network: Mutual Aid in Southwest Colorado (stolen, occupied Ute & Diné land) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Front Range Mutual Aid: Front Range Mutual Aid Network is setting up a distribution network to get supplies to people who need them during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Northern Colorado Mutual Aid and Defense: Northern Colorado Community Mutual Aid and Defense is organizing a supplies distribution service and will get your overstock to people who need it in the Greeley/Evans area. Facebook. Donate here.
  • Aurora Mutual Aid: A group of out of work librarians have come together to create an emergency supply kit distribution group for the elderly or families with children out of school. We have created kits that include: pasta, rice, sauce, seasonings, canned tuna, canned chicken, canned veggies, fruit cups, cookies, oatmeal, handsoap, bar soap, and toilet paper. We are targeting the North Aurora community which is our own community and are hoping to start distributing starting this morning. What we aim to do is we have set up a hotline number for those in need to call and we will drop off supply kits at the door step so they don’t have to leave the house. Call: 720-477-0406. Email: [email protected]
  • Denver Service Worker Solidarity: Many of us can not afford to miss a single shift, much less a month and a half of shifts. We need to demand an immediate moratorium on rent collection and evictions, city wide. Alone we are weak, but together we can stand strong and assure that we all make it through this difficult time, together. More details will follow, but it is important that we get our network started IMMEDIATELY. Please share this post far and wide. Bartenders, Servers, Chefs, everyone in this industry: Y’all are some of the baddest motherfuckers in the world. Let’s go!
  • Mutual Aid Denver: Mutual Aid Denver is a collective of local community members. Our goal is to organize ourselves and our communities through mutual aid projects and initiatives which offer resources, education, support, and services rooted in solidarity, not charity. Facebook.
  • Safe Access For Everyone: (SAFE) is a coalition born out of the Boulder County Democratic Socialists of America that engages in mutual aid primarily with our neighbors in Boulder who are experiencing homelessness. We are currently deploying DIY handwashing stations, providing food and hygiene kits, and continuing our one-on-one support with our unhoused and or recently unhoused friends and comrades. We are currently sourcing wholesale toilet paper to distribute at no cost. Please donate to our mutual aid fund, hit us up on Facebook, or send us an email to get involved.

Oklahoma:

  • Tulsa Mutual Aid Distribution: We have a team of volunteers, a physical space in which we can receive, decontaminate, and prepare donations for distribution, and vehicles with which to distribute them.  We are already beginning to gather food and other supplies – but we’re going to need a lot more, and we’re putting out an open call for help. More info here.

Texas:

  • North Texas Mutual Aid: As our communities face the impact of COVID-19, now is the time for radical action. We’re seeing in real time the truth of the capitalist system and the need for collective action to protect our communities and create the world we’ve been fighting for. Donate here.
  • Support Austin Sex Workers: Mobilizing to provide aid to the trans and/or sex workers of color in the Austin, Texas area.
  • San Antonio Mutual Aid: Scary times require us to better support one another. Resources for San Antonio residents.
  • Primrose Community Care: Primrose Community Care is a mutual aid group in Austin, Texas.
  • Aid Network of Denton County: Aid Network of Denton is a coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to provide community support in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Donate here.
  • Corpus Christi Mutual Aid: Corpus! Let us know if you want to contribute or request resources. We gotchu.   Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Request support. Offer support.
  • Laredo Mutual Aid/Ayuda Mutua Laredo: A collaborative and community group which centers “trade” as a form of currency (hence, this is not a Buy/Sell group unless upon agreed with OP or commissioned). This group also hopes to emphasize the importance of rallying under a cause to assist and donate to members of a our community, such as setting up campaigns for students or organizing events to raise funds for a particular cause. LMA/AML is currently in its early stages, and as such, we welcome exposure to the public via invites to family or friends.
  • Molo Deep East TX Mutual Aid: We believe in helping people and sharing local needs. If you are in need of money during this time, go to the link and we’ll make a post to share your story.

Midwest

Iowa:

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Illinois:

Indiana:

Michigan:

  • Leoni Township Mutual Aid: Trying to help each other through these restrictions and the lack of availability of some items.
  • North West Michigan Mutual Aid: In times of crisis, the communities that survive are those where people look out for each other — mutual aid.
  • Antrim County: Antrim County, Michigan, USA mutual aid and agency coordination support group.
  • Kalamazoo: This list is being compiled by Kzoo Covid-19 Mutual Aid to share with groups that are doing mutual aid work around COVID-19 in Kalamazoo.
  • Grand Rapids Mutual Aid: Grand Rapids Area Mutual Aid Network is a hub for folks to share resources to keep each other safe and healthy. Facebook.
  • Huron Valley Mutual Aid: This group is for the purposes of sharing resources, needs, and info about mutual aid work that people are doing at this time.
  • Lansing Mutual Aid: Online hub for various resources.
  • The Mutual Aid Network of Ypsilanti: We believe that as a community we are stronger when we work together to help each other out. Our purpose is to help facilitate as much cooperation and aid as possible. Particularly focusing on the most impacted and marginalized members of our community.

Minnesota:

  • Twin Cities Queer and Trans Mutual Aid: The idea behind this is to crowd source some mutual aid for queer/trans/nonbinary folks in the Twin Cities area, who are affected by Covid-19 or the current situation.
  • Twin Cities Mutual Aid: Add yourself to a list of people willing to help each other in case of quarantine or self isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. This information will be used to reach out of interested individuals willing to provide assistance if needed.
  • Flatten the Curve Rochester: We are gathering Community Resources and Info into this one spot for ease of access. We are in this together! Spread sheet.

Wisconsin:

  • Milwaukee Mutual Aid: This form will help us provide support to each other!
  • Madison Mutual Aid: We are using the model of mutual aid practices- basically that we can help each other in times of crisis. Facebook.
  • Madison General Defense Committee: Responding to COVID-19 by providing direct aid to people throughout the Madison Area. This grassroots effort is 100% volunteer run and funded by the community and we need your support! Facebook.

Missouri:

  • Kansas City Mutual Aid: This is a group for the community to share and request resources during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • St. Louis Mutual Aid: Communities are safer and stronger when its members check in on one another and pitch in in whatever ways they can. This concept is called mutual aid.
  • Columbia Missouri Mutual Aid: We are coordinating food and supply drop offs to people’s front doors. Please use this form if you would like to help make deliveries. Facebook. Twitter. Donate here.
  • Kansas City Radical Solidarity Fund: Economic relief for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
  • Kansas City Tenants Mutual Aid Fund: Your donation will go toward food and supple orders for KC Tenants leaders during this outbreak so we can stay home and stay healthy as well as reimbursing for transportation and other related costs.
  • Solidarity with the Unhoused: We are distributing supplies and food daily to those on the street, while attempting to share social distancing guidelines and information about resources throughout the city.

Southeast

Tennessee:

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North Carolina:

  • Hendersonville Mutual Aid: A community network to help folks in Hendersonville and Henderson county, NC meet their needs during the COVID-19 epidemic and beyond.
  • Marshall Mutual Aid Hub: We are excited to announce that we now have a space in Marshall to gather and deliver food and other necessities to folks in Madison County who are unable to leave the house to shop. The hub is located on the Madison County Cooperative Extension Office property at the far end of the parking lot next to the little greenhouse, 258 Carolina Lane, Marshall. Spread sheet. Donate.
  • Chapel Hill Food Not Bombs: Offering to-go food on Saturdays at Nightlight in Chapel Hill. 430-530pm.
    Along with hygiene products, cleaning supplies, harm reduction. Offering delivery & drive up service. Everything is free. No questions asked. Email: [email protected] Instagram.
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Nightlight – corona virus edition. March 14 2020.

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  • Mutual Aid Carrboro: In the coming weeks, potentially millions of workers will be sent home without pay. For the most precarious, that could mean evictions, utility shut-offs, missed payments, and other economic catastrophes. That’s why Mutual Aid Carrboro is partnering with NC Piedmont DSA to create the COVID-19 Mutual Aid Relief Fund. Donate here.
  • Greensboro, NC: A virtual tip jar created for workers affected by COVID-19 for Greensboro, NC.
  • Durham Mutual Aid: This is a space for sharing resources, guidance, and organizing for mutual aid in Durham, NC during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Surry County Mutual Aid Network: Our goal is to help get needed supplies to people to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 into Surry County NC.
  • Asheville Survival Program: In any kind of crisis we are always strongest when we work together. We can overcome our fears and the urge to isolate and hoard, to instead be part of a meaningful community wide response. Information sharing is a critical first step, from there we can work together as neighbors and friends to ensure everyone has what we need.

Georgia:

  • Food 4 Life: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, we are operating a grocery delivery program in Atlanta, Georgia to ensure that those impacted by the virus will not be forced to choose between decent food and their health. Food is a human right, we must help each other! Donate here. Website.
  • Atlanta Mutual Aid: Students at Emory, Morehouse, Spelman, and Georgia State are facing removal and even eviction from their dorms in the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many students, such as international, LGBTQIA+, and out-of-state students do not have an immediate place to move to or store their belongings. Tens of thousands of students are being displaced and are in immediate need of resources and support.
  • Athens Mutual Aid: Mutual aid hub for the own of Athens, Georgia.

Washington DC:

Virginia:

  • Mutual Aid Infrastructure Charlottesville: This is a place where folx can request resources and support, but also where you can come to find opportunities to offer time, money, support and resources to community members in need.
  • Future Economy Collective: Running mutual aid projects in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Southwest of Virginia. We provide emergency supplies, meal boxes, and a seed sharing program. Instagram.
  • Northern Virginia COVID-19 Supply Exchange: This group is for people located in Northern Virginia to join and post if they are in need of supplies or food. anything from diapers to soap to bread and milk… some of us may have more than we need of something and be running out of other things.
  • Corona Aid 757: If you need help getting groceries for elderly or immune compromised individuals ask for help if you need us to make a grocery run for you! Located in Norfolk, Virginia area. Call at 757-598-1480. Request aid. Volunteer. Facebook.
  • COVID-19 Emergency Relief: Mutual aid supply drive in Richmond. More info here.

Alabama:

  • Birmingham Mutual Aid: In these fast moving and uncertain times, it’s important to show up for each other and remember that we are not alone. Mutual aid is a powerful way to build strong connections – we all have something to offer and we all have something we need.

Kentucky:

  • Lexington Mutual Aid: We are building a network of people who can support their neighbors through mutual aid in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Louisville Mutual Aid: We are building a network of people who can support their neighbors through mutual aid in Louisville, Kentucky. Donate here.
  • Louisville Mutual Aid: Spread sheet of mutual aid resources, run by Black Lives Matter Louisville.
  • Kentucky Mutual Aid: With the current uncertainty, it’s important that no one falls through the cracks. Facebook.
  • Youth Mutual Aid Fund: For young folks in Kentucky and Appalachia experiencing income loss or food and housing insecurity due to COVID-19. We’re also providing social events and general trainings to keep folks busy via video and phone calls and are available to chat with folks who are looking for social connection and need help finding resources. In the next few weeks, we’ll be expanding to ensure young folks get fair treatment from universities. Donate here.

Arkansas:

  • Little Rock Mutual Aid: This is an intake form to help community members ask other community members for support in Little Rock during the COVID-19 pandemic. Facebook.
  • Mutual Aid Northwest Arkansas: We are building a network of folks who can support their neighbors through mutual aid in Northwest Arkansas.
  • Fayetteville Mutual Aid: NWA Mutual Aid is a volunteer collective that exists to help build resilient communities through organizing collaborative efforts, connecting folks to existing local resources, and providing a space for the community to connect and exchange support. Y’ALLIDARITY! currently functions as our platform for facilitating community connections. Learn about us here: rebrand.ly/AboutYallidarity

Louisiana:

  • New Orleans Mutual Aid: As the city and country shuts down over the coming days and weeks, it is crucial that we build robust mutual aid networks that can support the elderly, the immunocompromised and the vast group of hospitality workers who have no safety net. Instagram.
  • Solidarity with the Unhoused: Donate here.
  • Bvlbancha Collective: If you are local to the Bvlbancha area and you or a neighbor could benefit from fresh garden herbs, or plant medicines, pls contact us through email or the contact us portion of our page!!! We have herbs for immune-boosting, respiratory health, lymphatic support & working with fevers. Fresh & dried herbs for teas & steams, syrups, & some tinctures on hand. We also have a limited supply of stress relief herbs/elixirs. And more brewing right now. Plus, everything in stock from our website. No one will be declined due to lack of funds as long as we have supplies on hand. We are happy to do porch/mailbox drops as time allows. Also, we have homemade hand sanitizer! Pls, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re in this together!

Florida:

  • Tampa Mutual Aid: In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, Tampa Dream Defenders and Mutual Aid Disaster Relief are partnering to support the most vulnerable in our community.
  • Gainesville Mutual Aid: A group where people can offer help or ask for help during this pandemic. Specific to Gainesville, Florida.
  • Tallahassee Community Assistance Network: This is an ad-hoc group/space for Tallahassee and Leon County residents to discuss and plan community assistance and mutual aid efforts to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Lake Worth Food Not Bombs: We are initiating a daily food distribution action for the next month. This would be an “On-Demand food delivery system” for Palm Beach County, where we cook a variety of food on a daily basis and deliver to people who request food either for lunch or dinner. Call: (561) 320-3277

Northeast

Maryland:

  • Spire City Medics: We are making masks, delivering groceries to people, and collecting PPE to redistribute. We are sharing knowledge rapidly.
  • Mutual Aid and Emergency Relief Fund: Food, Clothing & Resistance Collective – Maroon Movement is doing a mutual aid & emergency relief fundraising drive, and pop-up distributions, for anyone who may need some “extra assistance” to stock up food, toiletries and medical supplies in Baltimore during this still very early stage of an emerging pandemic (Covid-19), in the middle of another pandemic (Influenza). Twitter.
  • Baltimore Mutual Aid: Spreadsheet hub for mutual aid in Baltimore, Maryland.

Pennsylvania:

  • Anthracite Unite Mutual Aid Programs: This is what mutual aid work is all about. It’s not charity. In charity, rich people donate to feel good about themselves, to get a tax write-off, and to legitimize their hoarding of resources by making themselves look generous. Mutual aid by contrast is “survival pending revolution,” as Huey Newton described it. We’re taking care of our sisters and brothers in the working class with one hand, and fighting the system that’s trying to rob and kill us with the other.
  • Lehigh Valley Mutual Aid: Distributing free food, clothing, and hygiene products to the people of Allentown.
  • Pinelands Mutual Aid Coalition: Mutual-aid organization operating out of occupied Lenape land.
  • Pitt Mutual Aid: We‘re a team of student leaders dedicated to providing up-to-date information and resources for the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out our resource guide here.
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors: We are simply neighbors helping neighbors. The aid provided comes from community support and solidarity thus we cannot guarantee to meet each request but we will be trying our best to do so . We are not funded, we are not a government or medical agency, we are simply neighbors connecting neighbors to neighbors who can help (and we happen to be organizers). Located in the Philadelphia area.
  • Food Not Bombs: Support various chapters in the Philadelphia area doing direct support for people on the ground here and here.
  • Philly Socialists Mutual Aid: Delivering around 250 grocery packages per week all across Philadelphia.   Volunteer form.

Massachusetts:

  • Arlington Helps: We are a group of neighbors helping neighbors and are part of a larger network of mutual aid groups popping up all across Massachusetts. We share the belief that we all have something to offer, and we all have something we need. Facebook.
  • Mutual Aid Lynn: This group is still building out infrastructure day by day and adapting to meet the shifting policies and needs in the community. Facebook.
  • Concord-Carlisle Mutual Aid NetworkIn these fast moving and uncertain times, it’s important that we show up for each other and remember that we are not alone. Mutual aid is a powerful way to build strong connections. We all have something to offer and we all have something we need.
  • Western Massachusetts Community Mutual Aid Network: We are a network of volunteers seeking to build community, help people, and opt for a different kind of culture. In this time of crisis and beyond, we must be there for each other.
  • Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville: In these fast moving and uncertain times, it’s important that we show up for each other and remember that we are not alone. Facebook.
  • Charles River Mutual Aid: We will be pooling funds in a Mutual Aid Fund to purchase food, medical supplies, and other necessities, and organizing to provide these resources to the community.
  • Tufts Mutual Aid: Tufts is closing due to COVID-19, and are compiling resources for students who need it. Fill out the form if you have resources to give, and reach out to those who have resources you need!
  • Solidarity Supply Distro: Solidarity Supply Distro is a coalition of leftist and anti-capitalist organizers in
  • who are building community resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic. Donate here. Facebook.
  • Boston Community Support Network: We need mutual aid because our local and national governments are not prepared for crises (nor do they necessarily have our interests in mind) so we need to be – not to incite fear but to be local insurance, to care for our nervous systems by leaning into each other.
  • Lexington Mutual Aid: In these chaotic and uncertain times, we need to show up for one another and remember that we are not alone.
  • Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain & Roxbury Network: Mutual aid is a powerful way to build strong connections – we all have something to offer and we all have something we need.

Rhode Island:

  • Providence Mutual Aid: Project LETS is working to support the Providence, RI community during times of increased fear, isolation, and need. Facebook.

New Jersey:

  • Central New Jersey: This form originally was asking for volunteers too, but we have enough for now! We’ll ask for more as requests come in.
  • North New Jersey Mutual Aid: This group is for the purposes of sharing resources, needs, and info about mutual aid work that people are doing at this time. Facebook.

New York:

  • Lower East Side Mutual Aid: With mutual aid, communities take on the responsibility for caring for one another. If you need support/want to volunteer fill out our form bit.ly/LESMutualAid
  • Astoria Mutual Aid Network: A group of neighbors working together to support our community and each other through the realities and challenges of COVID-19.
  • Capital District of NY Mutual Aid Network: We are a grass-roots neighborhood resiliency and needs-matching organization prioritizing marginalized community members in Upstate New York. Spread sheet.
  • We Keep Us Safe: We are an abolitionist mutual aide network(s) building collective power to create safety outside of punishment system. Donate.
  • Buffalo Mutual Aid Network: Social action group for peer-to-peer organizing, humanitarian assistance, and reliable information sharing developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • For the Gworls: Collective working to help Black trans people pay their rent and gender-affirming surgeries in New York City. Instagram.
  • Red Hook Mutual Aid: Mutual aid network based in Red Hook, New York. Spread sheet.
  • Abolitionist Mutual Aid Fund for Incarcerated Comrades: With visits suspended in many locations and package rooms becoming more restrictive, it’s more important than ever to support our comrades inside with commissary funds. Spread sheet. PayPal.
  • Friends of Westcott Mutual Aid Group: Many of us in Westcott (Syracuse, NY) are looking for ways to help those in our neighborhood who may be affected by Covid-19. Some people in our community may have health risks. Others may be financially affected due to social distancing. This includes employees at the several businesses in our neighborhood that rely on people going out to eat and drink.
  • NYC United Against the Coronavirus: Massive collection of mutual aid projects and resources throughout the New York area. Includes many localized mutual aid groups.
  • NYC Mutual Aid Network: Mutual aid is a powerful way to build strong connections – we all have something to offer and we all have something we need.
  • Nail Salon Worker Resilience Fund: Your donation will support NYNSWA in providing support to nail salon workers in need.

Connecticut:

  • Stratford Mutual Aid: This is a group formed to pro-actively share resources, ideas, and emotional support should the COVID-19 virus.
  • New Haven Mutual Aid: Mutual aid hub in the New Haven area.
  • #SurvivingInside: The CT Bail Fund organizes resources to bail folks out, but also to support commissary purchases through their #SurvivingInside project.

Vermont:

  • Mutual Aid Hubs in Vermont: These Mutual Aid links each consist of a spreadsheet with multiple tabs for different categories of need (food, transportation, housing, emotional support, etc) and are specific to different regions of Vermont.
  • Community Mutual Aid (BTV): When we started mutual aid distributions in mid-March, we thought we might go out one or two times to hand out supplies. Now, as of April 7, we’ve gone out almost every single day for 3+ weeks, we’ve collaborated with Food Not Bombs Burlington , we’ve distributed food donations from New Moon & KKDs & August First , we’ve done multiple supply runs for clothes, toiletries, medicine, and special requests , we’ve handed out cash, we’ve done grocery runs for families who are acutely food insecure, we’ve gotten phone cards to people in need , and we’ve handed out tons of Know Your Rights flyers. Donate here.

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