Are you interested in helping to organize a mutual aid project in our local neighborhood? Mutual Aid efforts have existed for decades and involve connecting with neighbors, assessing needs, and pooling resources to help people in any way possible during times of crisis. This is an isolating time and everyone will likely need help at some point. Mutual Aid creates a communications infrastructure so that we can take care of one another (without physically interacting) in the wake of COVID-19.
What Would I Be Doing?
Come as you are and bring whatever energy and time you have to offer. We are especially looking for residents who can be “block coordinators.” Block coordinators are responsible for checking in with ~6 houses on their block. The block coordinator will help their neighbors fill out a Google intake form that will detail if they have certain needs OR things they can offer other neighbors in need. This block coordinator will be a part of a greater (virtual) team of other block coordinators in our neighborhood who will support one another. If you can’t be a block coordinator but still want to be involved (share advice, distribute fliers, help us create a neighborhood map, etc.), please reply to this email as well! We welcome any form of help.
We don’t have to go through this alone. If you’re interested in helping organize for our neighborhood in any capacity, please email : firstname.lastname@example.org
and one of us will get back to you.
PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH NEIGHBORS WHO MAY BE WILLING TO HELP!
PS – If you’re interested in learning more about the Durham Mutual Aid Network, which is organizing this mutual aid work city-wide, check out the following websites!
- Facebook: You can check out more information on the facebook page for the Durham Mutual Aid Network: https://www.facebook.com/groups/durhammutualaid/
- Intake form to get people plugged into their neighborhood: If you know someone who is in another neighborhood, and they want to get plugged into the mutual aid effort in their neighborhood, they can do so using this form! There is an intake team that goes through these answers and helps connect people to the work in their own neighborhood.: http://tinyurl.com/DurhamOrganizers
- Durham-wide map: If you want to see a map of ongoing efforts we know about so far across Durham, you can do that here. (Side note that Data Works NCwill be helping to build this out, so it’ll look really different in the next week or so): http://bit.ly/DurhamMutualAidMap
- Durham mutual aid website: And finally, here is the website for the Durham Mutual Aid work. It also is a work in progress and will be updated as the days go on: http://durhammutualaid.org/
Again, we are truly all in this together.