Ward 2 Mutual Aid

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


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Top financial contributors


GW Student Association

$10k USD since Dec 2020

Sarah Johnson

$6k USD since Dec 2020

Brendan Freehart

$3k USD since Oct 2020

Becky Ballard

$2k USD since Dec 2020

Josef Burton

$2k USD since Nov 2020

Peyton Jane Gibson

$1k USD since Sep 2020

Jennifer Lentfer

$1k USD since Oct 2020

Adam Pimentel

$600 USD since Jan 2021

Shara Fett

$500 USD since Dec 2020

Erin Boyland

$400 USD since Sep 2020

Francesca Valente

$400 USD since Oct 2020

Rehana Mohammed

$338 USD since Oct 2020

Molly Porter

$250 USD since Dec 2020

Martín Miguel Fernandez

$200 USD since Sep 2020

Andrea Flores

$200 USD since Sep 2020



Ward 2 Mutual Aid is all of us

Our contributors 450

Everyone who has supported Ward 2 Mutual Aid. Individuals and organizations that believe in –and take ownership of– our purpose.

Mary Catherin...

Total contributions

$170 USD

Cash donation from Ms. Morgan

Jackie GIovan...

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

$2,780 USD


Becky Ballard
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$2,000 USD

Josef Burton
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,600 USD


Peyton Jane G...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,173 USD

Jennifer Lentfer
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

Adam Pimentel
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$600 USD

Shara Fett
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$500 USD


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.


Let’s get the ball rolling!

What's new with Ward 2 Mutual Aid

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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


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Today’s balance

$27,208.98 USD

Estimated annual budget

~ $59,149.25 USD