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Ward 5 Mutual Aid is transitioning to a new Fiscal Host

Ward 5 Mutual Aid cannot receive contributions at the moment. This page will be updated with more information once the collective transitions to a new Fiscal Host.

Ward 5 Mutual Aid

Volunteer collective helping neighbors in need during COVID-19 and beyond.



Support the following initiatives from Ward 5 Mutual Aid.

Direct Aid to our neighbors experiencing hardships

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Ward 5 Mutual Aid is all of us

Our contributors 461

Thank you for supporting Ward 5 Mutual Aid.

Aysha Keisler


$1,200 USD

Rae Gaines


$460 USD

Shelagh Bocoum

Core Contributor

$90 USD

Slammer M

Core Contributor

Nina C.




Greater Washi...

$25,000 USD


Transparent and open finances.

-$59.90 USD
Reimbursement #203122
Reimbursement #202287

Debit from Ward 5 Mutual Aid to Francesca Clemente

Reimbursement #202181
Today’s balance

$7,627.40 USD

Total raised

$241,453.77 USD

Total disbursed

$233,826.37 USD

Estimated annual budget

$24,860.46 USD


Let’s get the ball rolling!

News from Ward 5 Mutual Aid

Updates on our activities and progress.

Your Support Matters: Empowering Our Community Through Mutual Aid

Dear friends and supporters of Ward 5 Mutual Aid, We hope this message finds you well. Ward 5 Mutual Aid wishes to convey our utmost admiration for the immeasurable impact your continued support has on our community through Mutual Aid. Mutu...
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Published on May 2, 2024 by Karen Dickerson

Urgent Message: New Donation Process! Please Read!

Dear valued supporters of Ward 5 Mutual Aid, We are grateful for your continuous support in helping us serve the community during these difficult times. As we navigate challenges, your unwavering support has been the beacon guiding our effo...
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Published on April 3, 2024 by Karen Dickerson

Urgent Update: Changes to Donation Process and Our Path Forward

Dear community, We hope this message finds you well. We are reaching out to inform you of a significant change in our operations that will impact your ability to continue supporting Ward 5 Mutual Aid. Open Collective Foundation (OCF), which...
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Published on March 7, 2024 by Sharell Jarvis


Let’s get the discussion going! This is a space for the community to converse, ask questions, say thank you, and get things done together.

Displaced mother and son from apartment fire

Published on March 8, 2021 by Emmalynn Sharf

Last Friday March 5, 2021 my son and I are homeless due to another tenant in our apartment building having a fire. Now, our stuff is damaged ny smoke. I am trying to get what I can but not over do it as we are homeless and living with a fri...

Contact Information

Published on December 17, 2020 by selene lara

Hello guys, would please let me know what is the phone number that people can call to ask for help in Ward 5? I have a client who's daughter is in coma since Thanksgiving and she is been taking care of her 5 grandchildren. Thank you.



The Ward 5 DC Mutual Aid Group is an informal group of individuals coming together as neighbors in Ward 5, connecting people in need with people who want to help during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. We are not an organization, representatives of any organization, or at all affiliated with the DC government. We do our best to fulfill requests made by neighbors and match them with nearby volunteers who are willing and able to help.

If you would like to volunteer with us, please take a moment to fill out this form:

If you need assistance and would like to submit a request please email us at [email protected] or call our warm-line at (202) 643-7030.

"Mutual aid is a term to describe people giving each other needed material support, trying to resist the control dynamics, hierarchies, and system-affirming, oppressive arrangements of charity and social services. Mutual aid projects are a form of political participation in which people take responsibility for caring for one another and changing political conditions, not just through symbolic acts or putting pressure on their representatives in government, but by actually building new social relations that are more survivable." (

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