Ward 2 Mutual Aid

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

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GW Student Association

$10k USD since Dec 2020

2
Sarah Johnson

$6k USD since Dec 2020

3
Brendan Freehart

$3k USD since Oct 2020

4
Josef Burton

$3k USD since Nov 2020

5
Jennifer Lentfer

$2k USD since Oct 2020

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Becky Ballard

$2k USD since Dec 2020

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Peyton Jane Gibson

$1k USD since Sep 2020

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Erin Boyland

$900 USD since Sep 2020

9
Tristan Wood

$600 USD since Jan 2021

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Adam Pimentel

$600 USD since Jan 2021

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Shara Fett

$500 USD since Dec 2020

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Whitney Schneider-White

$500 USD since Feb 2021

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Collin Bradley

$500 USD since Mar 2021

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Andrea Flores

$450 USD since Sep 2020

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Molly Porter

$450 USD since Dec 2020

Ward 2 Mutual Aid is all of us

Our contributors 531

Thank you for supporting Ward 2 Mutual Aid.

Mary Catherin...

Admin

$270 USD

Cash donation from Ms. Morgan

Noel Schroeder

Admin

$45 USD

Jackie Giovan...

Admin

$20 USD

Niyati Shah

Admin

$10 USD

GW Student As...

$10,000 USD

Sarah Johnson

$6,000 USD

Brendan Freehart

Neighbor

$2,830 USD

Josef Burton

sponsor

$2,600 USD

Becky Ballard

$2,000 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 do a weekly grocery bag delivery to families that request it and we average about 150 families per week. The bags include fresh produce, protein, dry goods, and requested household items.
  • Encampment Outreach - We organize a weekly supply drop to 20 folks living in encampments in Ward 2.
  • 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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Admin
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News from Ward 2 Mutual Aid

Updates on our activities and progress.

Invitation to the Ward 2 Mutual Aid Onboarding Meeting!

Hello! We are in the process of building our infrastructure and we are encouraging more volunteers to join us in our in-person and virtual mutual aid efforts. We'd like to invite you to an onboarding/orientation meeting on ...
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Published on June 10, 2021 by Niyati Shah

May 2021

Friends + supporters, We hope that this letter finds you happy and healthy! Before we delve into an update on mutual aid activities, we wanted to express our solidarity with the Palestinian uprising and resistance. Mutual aid is inherently...
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Published on May 31, 2021 by Niyati Shah

April 2021

Friends + supporters, The past few weeks have reinforced the need to cultivate mutual aid, to abolish the police (and the prison industrial complex), and to move away from other systems of state violence that destroy Black communities. We s...
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Published on April 27, 2021 by Niyati Shah

Budget


Transparent and open finances.

-$545.69 USD
Pending
Receipt #42888
Monthly financial contribution to Ward 2 Mutual Aid (Neig...

from Guest

+$5.00USD
Completed
-$1,118.26 USD
Paid
Receipt #42729
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Today’s balance

$10,088.61 USD

Total raised

$49,331.98 USD

Total disbursed

$39,243.37 USD

Estimated annual budget

$57,231.94 USD