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Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville

Organzing our neighbors and pooling our resources to create a better community for everyone.

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*** PLEASE READ: IF YOU ARE A GROCERY PAIR SUBMITTING AN EXPENSE FOR REIMBURSEMENT, PLEASE SUBMIT UNDER THE PAIRING PROJECT FROM NOW ON! THANK YOU ***
Welcome to MAMAS!
Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS) began to organize on March 12, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its anticipated impact on our communities. Mutual aid is about showing up in our communities and pooling our resources to make sure everyone has what they need. We honor a long history of mutual aid by remembering that we are not alone and showing up for each other.  

Needing things is not a personal failure - we are living in a profoundly unequal society without safety nets. This is not our fault but we believe in taking collective responsibility for getting everyone through times of crisis.  Mutual aid is the foundation on which we will build the radical change we need in this world.

Learn more about MAMAS with our Mutual Aid 101 political education presentation.

READ OUR VISION

We build strong relationships to create just conceptions of money and the economy in Somerville and Medford. We create an environment though trust building and financial redistribution to imagine how money is distributed. We bring community members together to hold this space. Want to learn more? Check out our Principles of Giving.

Though we have transitioned our contributions and reimbursements to Open Collective, please still do submit requests for support through our Needs Request Form. Thank you!

Check out our transparent finances at the bottom of this page. We have been redistributing money to our community through Open Collective since April 1st, 2022. For prior money transparency, check out this awesome spreadsheet! 

Our team

Budget


Transparent and open finances.

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Today’s balance

$36,275.88 USD

Total raised

$136,871.22 USD

Total disbursed

$100,595.34 USD

Estimated annual budget

$181,796.54 USD

Expenses

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Contributions

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Financial Contributions

Membership
Recurring Donation

Make a recurring contribution to mutual aid work.

Starts at$5 USD

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Custom contribution
Donation
Make a custom one-time or recurring contribution.

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Projects

Support the following initiatives from Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville.

Project
Support efforts to cultivate garden fresh veggies to sustain the MAMAS community!
Project
MAMAS is organizing a holiday gift drive.
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Redistributing money to unbanked neighbors in Somerville

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MAMAS is raising money to buy winter clothes for our community!
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Get to know the MAMAS community and raise funds for neighbors!
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Group shopping and grocery card delivery events organized monthly
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Neighbors receive regular grocery or grocery cards deliveries from their pairs

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Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville is all of us

Our contributors 295

Thank you for supporting Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville.

Rachel

Admin

$850 USD

Skylar Karzhe...

Admin

$486 USD

Melaine

Admin

$255 USD

Josh G

Admin

$250 USD

Miriam

Admin

$55 USD

Andrew Murano

Admin

$5 USD

Claire

Admin

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Admin

James Boskey ...

$30,000 USD

Clara S.

$11,723 USD

Rafi Properties

$10,000 USD

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News from Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville

Updates on our activities and progress.

MAMAS End of Year Update

Hi neighbors! Thank you for being here during our first year with OpenCollective. Your patience, flexibility, and generosity with this transition to a new donation and reimbursement structure has been instrumental in MAMAS' financial succes...
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Published on December 21, 2022 by Skylar Karzhevsky

MAMAorial Day Walk - Rain Date!

Hi MAMAS community! Just a heads up that our MAMAorial Day walk around the Mystic River is postponed to our rain date, Sunday, 5/29. Same time, same place at the Condon Shell from 10am-12pm! The weather looks beautiful, we...
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Published on May 27, 2022 by Skylar Karzhevsky

MAMAS Cash Assistance Initiative

Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville will use a cash assistance program to provide financial support to members of our community. MAMAS strives to build strong relationships and create just conceptions of money and economy in Somerville and Me...
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Published on April 26, 2022 by Skylar Karzhevsky