Ridgewood Mutual Aid Project

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We provide mutual aid to our neighbors in Ridgewood, Maspeth, Glendale, and Middle Village in the form of food distribution, a community fridge, homeless outreach and eviction defense support.

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Homeless Outreach Project

Our Homeless Outreach Project is raising money to purchase supplies for our neighbors in Ridgewood/Bushwick, Glendale, Maspeth & Middle Village. I... Read more

$10,093.45 USD of $8,000 USD raised (126%)

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Maxwell Austensen

$1,900 USD since Jul 2020

2
Allin Skiba

$1,750 USD since Feb 2021

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Theresa Scharff

$1,400 USD since May 2021

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Theodore Sidell

$1,100 USD since Nov 2020

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Incognito

$1,000 USD since Dec 2020

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Avneesh Sarwate

$1,000 USD since Jan 2021

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Incognito

$900 USD since Nov 2020

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Mark Yoshizumi

$780 USD since Oct 2020

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Incognito

$750 USD since Dec 2020

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Samuel Lang Budin

$725 USD since Feb 2021

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$1,380 USD since Mar 2021

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$500 USD since Feb 2021

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$500 USD since Jun 2021

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Deep Cuts Record Store

$400 USD since Apr 2021

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$250 USD since Feb 2021

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$150 USD since Feb 2021

Ridgewood Mutual Aid Project is all of us

Our contributors 478

Thank you for supporting Ridgewood Mutual Aid Project.

Maxwell Auste...

sponsor

$1,900 USD

Allin Skiba

Homeless Outreach Project

$1,750 USD

Theresa Scharff

$1,400 USD

topos bookstore

Homeless Outreach Project

$1,380 USD

Theodore Sidell

Homeless Outreach Project

$1,100 USD

Incognito

$1,000 USD

Avneesh Sarwate

sponsor

$1,000 USD

Incognito

$900 USD

Mark Yoshizumi

Homeless Outreach Project

$780 USD

incognito

Homeless Outreach Project

$750 USD

Samuel Lang B...

Homeless Outreach Project

$725 USD

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Today’s balance

$35,286.60 USD

Total raised

$48,746.35 USD

Total disbursed

$13,459.75 USD

Estimated annual budget

$45,538.32 USD

About


We're in a public health crisis and neighbors in Ridgewood, Queens and surrounding neighborhoods are coming together. We need your support to make this work possible. 

The Ridgewood Mutual Aid Project was formed when organizers with the Ridgewood Tenants Union (RTU) put out a call for volunteers in the neighborhood to come together and support other neighbors in need during the COVID 19 pandemic. The Ridgewood Tenants Union is an anti-gentrification, independent and tenant-led housing rights group run by volunteers that was formed in 2014 to build tenant power and fight displacement in a neighborhood long controlled by homeowners and the politicians that advocate solely for them. 
 
We put out that call on March 16. The weekend prior, four organizers with RTU met right before the city started to shut down to curb the spread of COVID 19. We already knew that the local government would not provide our community with the resources it would need to ride out what we were about to experience. At monthly RTU tenant assemblies we start meetings by going over four main tenets: 

  • We want to hear about the issues you are going through as tenants
  • We want to come up with a plan together to tackle those issues
  • We want this to be a space were we are supported by one another
  • We believe that in joining forces as tenants and with our allies we can create a neighborhood that is no longer controlled by the interest of developers and corporate landlords that only want to make a profit
Mutual aid has always been at the very foundation of our work and since March 16 2020 the Ridgewood Mutual Aid Project has grown by over 600 members that have agreed to practice safety protocols while engaging in mutual aid work. Our original fundraiser raised over $50,000 since we launched in March and with these funds we have been able to provide groceries and other support to over 400 families in Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale.  Immigrant families are still in need, however,  and we'll need to raise more funds to make sure their needs are being met as we continue to organize against evictions and other housing issues. 

Please join us! To get involved visit our page at: https://www.ridgewoodtenantsunion.org/join/

If you would like to see how our previous donations have been used, please check this document: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dmn0X_zpjx4-z1hQgyHXtLX8CTPV9QZ-2okKkehBPzU/edit?usp=sharing

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