Bull City Mutual Aid

We listen and learn from those who have done the work before us to connect, amplify, and trust our community to provide for and love each other. We band together to find and redistribute resources, ideas, and support.

About


A group of neighbors in the Lakewood neighborhood of Durham, NC came together in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis to provide direct support to our neighbors. We organized our first cash fund to provide $200 cash grants for 25 neighbors in need of monetary assistance for rent, utilities, and medical care. 

Throughout our early work in the Lakewood neighborhood, a great amount of need was communicated by neighbors from all over Durham. Because of this, our group of organizers widened its membership and expanded our scope to become Bull City Mutual Aid (BCMA), to stand in solidarity with all Durham neighbors. Our main focus is this cash fund to support those most impacted by COVID-19 and address other financial barriers. Our organizers also participate in several community-building projects, such as community gardens, safe voting support, wellness visits, safe ride-shares, and grocery deliveries. 

We are also amplifiers, connectors, and supporters. BCMA shouts out the work of partners who provide services and aid, and we strive to bridge the divide between those offering and those seeking resources. We operate under an abundance mindset: everyone has something to contribute. When viewing the world through this lens, we can build relationships rooted in trust, adaptability, patience, and support.

We use this platform, Open Collective, to simplify our process and provide transparency in how we receive and distribute funds. In addition, for a small fee, Open Collective provides fiscal sponsorship, which takes care of taxes and keeps the contributions secure and safe. We can then use our collective efforts to get funds out quickly and focus on our other community projects. 

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Goal

One Time Contribution- General Cash Fund

$15,000 USD goal

$10,352.84 USD raised (69%)

Provide assistance for rent relief, food, utilities, etc

Starts at

$5 USD

+ 54

55 individuals and 3 organizations have contributed

Goal

Recurring Contribution- General Cash Fund

$5,000 USD / month goal

$1,036.50 USD / month raised (21%)

Provide assistance for rent relief, food, utilities, etc

Starts at

$5 USD / month

+ 23

27 individuals have contributed

Events

Event

Domestic Violence Fund

Dec 14, 2025
A separate fund for survivors of domestic violence
+ 5

9 individuals have contributed

Event

Stimulus Redistribution

Jan 31, 2021
Redistribute your stimulus check to local organizations that support those with marginalized iden...Read more
+ 18

21 individuals and 1 organization have contributed

Past event

Really Really Free Market

Jan 3Jan 3, 2021
07:00 PM UTC
Come and share anything you've got, and take things you need. Everything is free! Near the playgr...Read more
Past event

Fam Gathering

Dec 26Dec 27, 2020
06:00 PM UTC
Where there isn't community and family, we must make it! A socially distanced BBQ for neighborhoo...Read more

2 individuals have contributed

Past event

Zine Making Art Party - Rain/Cold Date

Dec 13Dec 13, 2020
06:00 PM UTC
Come with art supplies and ideas
Past event

Zine Making Art Party

Dec 12Dec 12, 2020
06:00 PM UTC
Come with art supplies and ideas

Top financial contributors

Individuals

1
major the bull

$2k USD since Dec 2020

2
Katherine C. Moses Kenneth A. Soo

$1k USD since Dec 2020

3
Jacob Newbauer

$600 USD since Jan 2021

4
Johnathan Lyon

$550 USD since Dec 2020

5
j & a

$500 USD since Dec 2020

6
Cecile Jeanne DHuyvetter

$500 USD since Dec 2020

7
Kristin Feierabend

$500 USD since Dec 2020

8
elizabeth norman

$500 USD since Dec 2020

9
Incognito

$498 USD since Nov 2020

10
Kylie Foley

$450 USD since Dec 2020

11
Allison Rosenberg

$400 USD since Dec 2020

12
Valerie Lyon

$300 USD since Dec 2020

13
Melinda Hunt

$300 USD since Dec 2020

14
Courtney

$300 USD since Jan 2021

15
Kaitlin Heatwole

$250 USD since Dec 2020

Organizations

1
Oak Church

$300 USD since Dec 2020

2
BINGO BABES

$103 USD since Dec 2020

3
Spontaneous Affinity

$50 USD since Dec 2020

Bull City Mutual Aid is all of us

Our contributors 92

Everyone who has supported Bull City Mutual Aid. Individuals and organizations that believe in –and take ownership of– our purpose.

BCMA SG
Admin

core member, cash fund subgroup member

Bull City Mut...
Core Contributor
major the bull
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,500 USD

One Time Contribution- General Cash Fund

Katherine C. ...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

One Time Contribution- General Cash Fund

Jacob Newbauer
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$600 USD

One Time Contribution- General Cash Fund

Johnathan Lyon
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$550 USD

One Time Contribution- General Cash Fund

j & a
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$500 USD

One Time Contribution- General Cash Fund

Cecile Jeanne...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$500 USD

One Time Contribution- General Cash Fund

Kristin Feier...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$500 USD

One Time Contribution- General Cash Fund

elizabeth norman
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$500 USD

One Time Contribution- General Cash Fund

Incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$498 USD

Recurring Contribution- General Cash Fund

Kylie Foley
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$450 USD

Survivors of Domestic Violence Fund

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What's new with Bull City Mutual Aid

Stay up to dates with our latest activities and progress.

Cash Fund is Live!

Your neighbors at Bull City Mutual Aid (BCMA) are excited to launch a new, more sustainable cash fund. After a small fee from our platform hosts, Open Collective, 97% of your contribution will go directly to neighbors asking for help with r...
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Published on December 11, 2020 by Bull City Mutual Aid

Budget


Transparent and open finances.

Rent and Utility Assistance

by BCMA SG

-$500.00USD
Paid
Receipt #31875
mutual aid
housing
utilities

rent, medical, and transportation support

by BCMA SG

-$500.00USD
Paid
Invoice #31904
mutual aid
housing
medical care
transportation

Rent Relief

by BCMA SG

-$300.00USD
Paid
Receipt #31874
mutual aid
housing

Today’s balance

$2,015.58 USD

Estimated annual budget

~ $26,760.22 USD