Open Collective
Open Collective

Washington DC Ward 3 Mutual Aid Neighbor Support

Ward 3 Mutual Aid is part of a grassroots response to COVID-19 in Washington DC. We are a collective of neighbors helping neighbors & organizing to build a just and equitable city.

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Member Support

Help us care for our community with a $5 monthly contribution.

$5 USD / month

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Collective Care Contributor

Help us care for our community with a $10 monthly contribution.

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Water Solidarity

A monthly contribution of $20 would enable us to purchase a water filtration pitcher for a resident with poor water quality.

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Grocery Solidarity

Give a monthly contribution of $50 to support our average of 50 grocery deliveries per week to neighbors who have been hit hardest by this crisis.

$50 USD / month

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Network Solidarity

Give a monthly contribution of $100 to support the work of our 100+ grocery shopper volunteers who fill requests every day of the week.

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Washington DC Ward 3 Mutual Aid Neighbor Support is all of us

Our contributors 368

Thank you for supporting Washington DC Ward 3 Mutual Aid Neighbor Support.

Leah Brown

Admin

$1,500 USD

Julienne Kaleta

Admin

$680 USD

Sara Swetzoff

Admin

$210 USD

Greater Washi...

$27,000 USD

Incognito

One Time Donation

$26,517 USD

GW Student As...

One Time Donation

$10,000 USD

Marshall Family

Network Solidarity

$4,000 USD

Paul Neaville

Network Solidarity

$3,950 USD

Jayme Epstein

Network Solidarity

$2,800 USD

Anonymous

One Time Donation

$2,350 USD

Top financial contributors

Individuals

1
Incognito

$26,517 USD since Nov 2020

2
GW Student Association

$10,000 USD since Dec 2020

3
Marshall Family

$4,000 USD since Jun 2021

4
Paul Neaville

$3,950 USD since Nov 2020

5
Jayme Epstein

$2,800 USD since Nov 2020

6
Anonymous

$2,350 USD since Dec 2020

7
Heather Kaye

$2,300 USD since Dec 2020

8
Beks Blakney

$2,200 USD since May 2021

9
Incognito

$2,180 USD since Oct 2020

10
Ruth Wattenberg

$1,550 USD since Jun 2021

Organizations

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Greater Washington Community Foundation

$27,000 USD since Feb 2021

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3
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B

$2,500 USD since Dec 2020

4
Glover Park Citizens Association

$1,000 USD since Oct 2020

5
Glover Park Citizens Association

$1,000 USD since Jul 2021

6
JPMorgan Chase

$385.88 USD since Feb 2021

7
Schwab Charitable

$230 USD since Nov 2022

About


The Ward 3 Mutual Aid team is part of the DC Mutual Aid Network, a citywide grassroots movement initiated by BIPOC organizers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mutual aid is direct support among neighbors. In our first year, the Ward 3 team answered over 4,000 calls on our community hotline, and made over 1,400 grocery deliveries in our ward. 

Ward 3 is the whitest and wealthiest ward in the city. We approach our organizing through a lens of wealth redistribution and reparations to Black and brown residents who experience structural racism and displacement in our rapidly gentrifying city. With the wealth in Ward 3, we should be able to support Ward 3 neighbors and contribute regularly to mutual aid organizing throughout DC. Right now, we contribute $2,600 a month to East of the River Mutual Aid and and the Hot Din program (which delivers meals to queer and trans BIPOC organizers throughout the city). We also act as a resource hub for residents in Ward 3 by providing free groceries, supporting a regular food pantry, and serving as a resource advocate. But we know we can do more!

Although our mutual aid network began in immediate response to the pandemic, mutual aid was needed prior to the pandemic. Even beyond covid-19, mutual aid will continue to be a necessary means for us to meet one another's needs. We need consistent funding to continue and expand our organizing and meet the ongoing needs of our neighbors. 

If 1,000 neighbors across our ward each gave somewhere between $5 and $100 a month, we would have a generous and reliable budget. We estimate we need a minimum of $11,180 a month to meet the current need in Ward 3, and even then, we know there is more support we could offer! We want to continue and expand our work, but our finances are often uncertain week to week. (Note that the Open Collective “budget” displayed is regularly misaligned with the actual amount of funds we have access to because we are consistently managing reimbursements owed to our lovely grocery shoppers!)

With consistent funding, imagine the possibilities for us to expand our support: both within our ward, and to our neighbors across the city!

Have questions or want to  join our organizing for collective liberation? Send us an email ([email protected]) or complete the sign-up form to organize alongside us and develop relationships with neighbors that are rooted in radical care. Mutual aid, unlike charity, empowers people to give and receive help as part of our community. We may each have little to give, but all together we are powerful!

Follow our organizing on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @Ward3MutualAid ! 

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News from Washington DC Ward 3 Mutual Aid Neighbor Support

Updates on our activities and progress.

One Year Update and Fundraising Goal for April 2021

Hello mutual aid organizers! Thank you for your continued support. Since our hotline opened about a year ago, on March 23, we have responded to over 4000 calls and made over 1800 grocery deliveries to War...
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Published on April 13, 2021 by Julienne Kaleta

December update for our beloved contributors

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Published on December 3, 2020 by Sara Swetzoff

Conversations

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.

How can I help?

Published on February 22, 2021 by Margaret Doctors

Hello! Glad y’all are here. I’m a small business owner in Ward 3 and I want to get involved and help establish a robust support network throughout our community.

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Report - 1st 6 Month of Operation

Published on October 26, 2020 by Olga A Kochergina

Here is a link that was shared in the Ward3 Mutual Aid email thread - the 6month report for March 23-September 22, 2020. Check it out for the full operational budget and the proposed next steps!...

Monthly budget goal?

Published on October 26, 2020 by Olga A Kochergina

What is monthly budget $$ we are fundraising toward? The description lists that we averaged 2550$ in grocery requests and $650 in aid for neighboring wards PER WEEK, so it sounds like we are looking for 3200$ weekly or 13K Monthly operating...

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Budget


Transparent and open finances.

Monthly financial contribution to Washington DC Ward 3 Mu...

Credit from Adrien-Alice Hansel to Washington DC Ward 3 Mutual Aid Neighbor Support

+$10.00USD
Completed
Contribution #99422
Monthly financial contribution to Washington DC Ward 3 Mu...

Credit from Guest to Washington DC Ward 3 Mutual Aid Neighbor Support

+$5.00USD
Completed
Contribution #610072
Monthly financial contribution to Washington DC Ward 3 Mu...

Credit from Julienne Kaleta to Washington DC Ward 3 Mutual Aid Neighbor Support

+$50.00USD
Completed
Contribution #573331
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Today’s balance

$26,587.86 USD

Total raised

$181,018.11 USD

Total disbursed

$154,430.25 USD

Estimated annual budget

$82,400.32 USD