Open Collective
Open Collective
Community Cash Assistance Program
Published on June 14, 2021 by Nikki DelZenero

WPB Mutual Aid is a group of neighbors who aim to work together to figure out strategies and resources to meet each other’s needs. We implement these strategies in a variety of ways – one of them is accepting donations from neighbors to be put toward items for other community members: we purchase food, personal care items, PPE, cleaning supplies, baby items, children’s clothing, and more. 

Sometimes, our neighbors request financial assistance for other essentials – such as rent, electric or gas payments, hospital bill pay, doctor’s visits, medicine, etc. It’s important to our Mutual Aid that we distribute cash funds to neighbors who express these financial needs. Often times neighbors are unable to submit expenses on the platform directly as they do not have access to a checking account or disbursement vehicle. Cash distribution enables our neighbors to utilize the funds immediately, which is a tenet of our organization. 

Each household is entitled to $70 per month. We distribute via cash or Venmo. This financial assistance program has been in-progress since April 1, 2020 and will continue indefinitely, as long as we are in possession of funds.