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

$2k USD since Nov 2020

5
Becky Ballard

$2k USD since Dec 2020

6
Jennifer Lentfer

$2k USD since Oct 2020

7
Peyton Jane Gibson

$1k USD since Sep 2020

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Erin Boyland

$600 USD since Sep 2020

9
Adam Pimentel

$600 USD since Jan 2021

10
Shara Fett

$500 USD since Dec 2020

11
Whitney Schneider-White

$500 USD since Feb 2021

12
Francesca Valente

$400 USD since Oct 2020

13
Rehana Mohammed

$348 USD since Oct 2020

14
Andrea Flores

$300 USD since Sep 2020

15
Molly Porter

$300 USD since Dec 2020

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Ward 2 Mutual Aid is all of us

Our contributors 478

Thank you for supporting Ward 2 Mutual Aid.

Mary Catherin...

Admin

Total contributions

$210 USD

Cash donation from Ms. Morgan

Jackie GIovan...

Admin

Total contributions

$20 USD

GW Student As...

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$10,000 USD

Sarah Johnson

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$6,000 USD

Brendan Freehart

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$2,800 USD

Neighbor

Josef Burton

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$2,000 USD

sponsor

Becky Ballard

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$2,000 USD

Jennifer Lentfer

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,500 USD

Peyton Jane G...

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,173 USD

Erin Boyland

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$600 USD

sponsor

Adam Pimentel

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$600 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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Mary Catherin...

Admin

Cash donation from Ms. Morgan

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News from Ward 2 Mutual Aid

Updates on our activities and progress.

2020 Recap

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Thank you for being a part of the Ward 2 Mutual Aid Pod! We know this update is long overdue. (Mirar en la siguiente página para español) Who we are: Ward 2 Mutual Aid is an all-volunteer, grassr...
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Published on January 21, 2021 by Jackie GIovanniello

Budget


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Food distribution

by Luis GuevaraMarch 07, 2021

-$447.53 USD
Approved
Receipt #35545

Financial contribution to Ward 2 Mutual Aid

from Guest

+$100.00USD
Completed
Receipt #35543
$
Today’s balance

$27,867.56 USD

Total raised

$42,368.23 USD

Total disbursed

$14,500.67 USD

Estimated annual budget

$62,952.51 USD