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. 

Our team

BCMATeddy

Admin

core member, cash fund subgroup member

BCMA SG

Admin

core member, cash fund subgroup member

BCMA xul

Admin

core member, cash fund subgroup member

Contribute


Become a financial contributor.

Goal

One Time Contribution- General Cash Fund

Provide assistance for rent relief, food, utilities, etc

$14,476.98 USD of $15,000 USD raised (97%)

Starts at

$5 USD

Contributions by


+ 87
Goal

Recurring Contribution- General Cash Fund

Provide assistance for rent relief, food, utilities, etc

$1,182 USD of $5,000 USD / month raised (24%)

Starts at

$5 USD / month

Events

Event

Domestic Violence Fund

A separate fund for survivors of domestic violence

Attending


+ 5
Event

May Day - Court Fees Pay Day

05:00 AM UTC
We’re raising funds to cover every court fee and fine charged by the Durham County Courthouse on ...Read more

Attending


+ 6
Event

Stimulus Redistribution PT 2

09:00 PM UTC
Share your stimulus with your Durham neighbors by filling direct monetary asks (10,000 goal) and ...Read more

Attending


+ 10
Past event

Stimulus Redistribution- PT 1 (closed)

Redistribute your stimulus check to local organizations that support those with marginalized iden...Read more

Attended by


+ 21
Past event

Really Really Free Market

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

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

Attended by


Past event

Zine Making Art Party - Rain/Cold Date

06:00 PM UTC
Come with art supplies and ideas
Past event

Zine Making Art Party

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
Incognito

$948 USD since Nov 2020

4
Kylie Foley

$685 USD since Dec 2020

5
Incognito

$600 USD since Dec 2020

6
Jacob Newbauer

$600 USD since Jan 2021

7
Kristen Westfall

$600 USD since Jan 2021

8
Elizabeth Hazeltine

$590 USD since Mar 2021

9
Johnathan Lyon

$550 USD since Dec 2020

10
j & a

$500 USD since Dec 2020

11
Cecile Jeanne DHuyvetter

$500 USD since Dec 2020

12
Kristin Feierabend

$500 USD since Dec 2020

13
elizabeth norman

$500 USD since Dec 2020

14
Cristina Perez-Simmons

$425 USD since Jan 2021

15
Allison Rosenberg

$400 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 137

Thank you for supporting Bull City Mutual Aid.

BCMATeddy

Admin

Total contributions

$20 USD

core member, cash fund subgroup member

BCMA SG

Admin

core member, cash fund subgroup member

BCMA xul

Admin

core member, cash fund subgroup member

Stimulus Redi...

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$3,727 USD

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

Incognito

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$948 USD

Recurring Contribution- General Cash Fund

Kylie Foley

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$685 USD

Survivors of Domestic Violence Fund

Incognito

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$600 USD

Recurring Contribution- General Cash Fund

Jacob Newbauer

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$600 USD

One Time Contribution- General Cash Fund

Kristen Westfall

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$600 USD

One Time Contribution- General Cash Fund

Connect


Let’s get the ball rolling!

News from Bull City Mutual Aid

Updates on our activities and progress.

March Updates!

Hello friends of Bull City Mutual Aid! Thank you once again for your monetary contribution and support. Our fund continues to support neighbors directly throughout Durham county. We appreciate you staying engaged. We will continue to send o...
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Published on April 6, 2021 by BCMA SG

February Update

Hello friends of Bull City Mutual Aid! Thank you once again for your monetary contribution and support. Our fund continues to support neighbors directly throughout Durham county. We appreciate you staying engaged. We will continue to send o...
Read more
Published on March 2, 2021 by BCMA SG

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.

Financial contribution to Bull City Mutual Aid (One Time ...

from Daniel S

+$250.00USD
Completed

Monthly financial contribution to Bull City Mutual Aid (R...

from BCMATeddy

+$10.00USD
Completed

Monthly financial contribution to Bull City Mutual Aid (R...

from BCMATeddy

+$10.00USD
Completed
$
Today’s balance

$4,951.90 USD

Total raised

$23,047.17 USD

Total disbursed

$18,095.27 USD

Estimated annual budget

$30,953.30 USD