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Ward 5 Mutual Aid

Volunteer organization helping neighbors in need during COVID-19.


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Top financial contributors



$10,500 USD since May 2020

GW Student Association

$10,000 USD since Dec 2020

John Davisson

$7,540 USD since Jun 2020

DC Brookland Free Food Pantry

$5,537.45 USD since Oct 2022

Social Good Fund and Diverse City Fund

$5,000 USD since Dec 2020

Anastacia Ebi

$3,815 USD since May 2020

Alexandra Shandell

$3,600 USD since Jun 2020


$3,400 USD since May 2020

Roe Zelasko

$3,300 USD since Feb 2021

Donna Hershey

$3,020 USD since Oct 2020


Greater Washington Community Foundation

$25,000 USD since Oct 2022

Princeton Area Community Foundation

$10,000 USD since Jan 2021


$5,027.5 USD since Aug 2020

Diverse City Fund

$3,000 USD since Jun 2021

Social Good Fund

$3,000 USD since Jul 2022

Tess Engebretson and Matt Koschak

$1,000 USD since Oct 2020

The Home Depot Foundation

$1,000 USD since Jan 2021

Delicious Democracy

$620 USD since Aug 2020

Ward 5 Mutual Aid is all of us

Our contributors 474

Thank you for supporting Ward 5 Mutual Aid.

Aysha Keisler


$1,200 USD

Rae Gaines


$340 USD

Shelagh Bocoum


$85 USD

Nina C.




Greater Washi...

$25,000 USD


Helping our neighbors

$10,500 USD

GW Student As...

$10,000 USD

Princeton Are...

$10,000 USD


Transparent and open finances.

-$150.00 USD
Reimbursement #130924
-$433.45 USD
Reimbursement #130898
-$280.93 USD
Reimbursement #130859
Today’s balance

$31,531.78 USD

Total raised

$214,093.60 USD

Total disbursed

$182,561.82 USD

Estimated annual budget

$81,660.59 USD


Let’s get the ball rolling!

News from Ward 5 Mutual Aid

Updates on our activities and progress.

Karon Blake

Dear neighbors, We are deeply saddened and outraged by the murder of 13-year- old Karon Blake. We stand in solidarity with the family of Karon Blake, our neighbors and other community members and extend our deepest condolences. Ward 5 mutua...
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Published on January 10, 2023 by Sharell Jarvis

Ward 5 Mutual Aid: Summer Update & Needs

Dear friends and neighbors, COVID-19 continues to amplify the economic and humanitarian crisis existing in DC. The network of volunteers that comprise Ward 5 Mutual Aid continue to provide direct support to Ward 5 residents in need of resou...
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Published on July 19, 2020 by Aysha Keisler

6/3 Ward 5 Mutual Aid Update: Donation Matching!

Dear all,Thank you for sharing vital resources with our neighbors in Ward 5 DC, through your contribution to our Mutual Aid group! Your gifts over the past weeks and months have made a huge difference in our neighborhoods, read on for up...
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Published on June 4, 2020 by Aysha Keisler


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. 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 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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