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Ward 2 Mutual Aid

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

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Membership
$5 a Month

$5 a month helps us cover face masks and other PPE for our neighbors

$5 USD / month

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$10 a month

$10 a month covers several toiletry bags for encampment outreach

$10 USD / month

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Recurring contribution
$25 a month

$25 a month covers a bag of groceries including milk, meat, and produce

$25 USD / month

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$35 a Month

$35 a month covers snacks and waters for delivery during encampment outreach

$35 USD

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Top financial contributors

Individuals

1
GW Student Association

$10,000 USD since Dec 2020

2
Sarah Johnson

$6,000 USD since Dec 2020

3
Luther Place Church

$6,000 USD since Sep 2021

4
Josef Burton

$3,400 USD since Nov 2020

5
Brendan Freehart

$2,970 USD since Oct 2020

6
Jennifer Lentfer

$2,750 USD since Oct 2020

7
christine frye

$2,600 USD since Apr 2021

8
Rebecca Ballard

$2,058.88 USD since Dec 2020

9
THE CHASTLETON COOPERATIVCE ASSOCIATION, INC

$2,000 USD since Jan 2022

10
Will Yetvin

$1,490 USD since Jul 2021

11
Cassidy Webb

$1,450 USD since Mar 2021

12
Summer Kaltner

$1,400 USD since Apr 2021

13
Guest

$1,400 USD since Jul 2021

14
Peyton Jane Gibson

$1,173 USD since Sep 2020

15
Andrea Flores

$1,150 USD since Sep 2020

Organizations

1
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation

$10,000 USD since Aug 2021

2
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A

$3,600 USD since Feb 2022

3
Open Collective Foundation

$2,281.76 USD since Sep 2020

4
18th Street Lounge

$1,000 USD since Oct 2021

Ward 2 Mutual Aid is all of us

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Admin

$451 USD

Niyati Shah

Admin

$375 USD

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Admin

$90 USD

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$20 USD

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$10,000 USD

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$10,000 USD

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$6,000 USD

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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 provide a biweekly grocery bag delivery to ~150 families that request it through our hotline or building captains. The bags include fresh produce, protein, dry goods, and requested household items.
  • Encampment Outreach - We organize a weekly supply drop to ~80 unhoused neighbors.
  • 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.
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News from Ward 2 Mutual Aid

Updates on our activities and progress.

we're more than halfway there!

Dear Ward 2 family, It’s working! Since we last wrote to you with the news that we were rapidly running out of funds to keep our outreach & grocery programs going, SO MANY of you stepped up to be a part of this mutual aid collective and...
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Published on August 1, 2022 by Mary Catherine Curley

we're running out of money :(

Dear neighbors, Happy summer! It’s been great to see more members of our community out and about, enjoying the weather, and we hope you’re finding ways to relax and enjoy this season. We’re writing to our community today to ask for your hel...
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Published on July 13, 2022 by Mary Catherine Curley

May 2022

Friends + supporters, We hope this email finds you well! Please read on for Ward 2 Mutual Aid programming and requests for cash assistance from our neighbors. Encampment Team Updates As we prepare for summer, our encampment...
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Published on May 31, 2022 by Niyati Shah

Budget


Transparent and open finances.

-$200.00 USD
Pending
Receipt #89545
Monthly financial contribution to Ward 2 Mutual Aid (Neig...

Credit from Lauren to Ward 2 Mutual Aid

+$5.00USD
Completed
Contribution #187117
-$778.63 USD
Paid
Receipt #88213
$
Today’s balance

$7,257.40 USD

Total raised

$109,689.98 USD

Total disbursed

$102,432.58 USD

Estimated annual budget

$74,925.26 USD