Neighbors Are Coming Together For Mutual Aid During This Crisis

People shopping in grocery store
Abeni Jones
April 21, 2020

Whenever a crisis hits America, Black people are affected hardest. We’re bearing the brunt of the health impacts of COVID-19, and we’re the first to lose our jobs.

But countless community members around the country are making sure nobody is suffering alone!

Mutual aid is when people take care of each other so that everyone benefits. Black people have been doing it FOREVER.

And during this pandemic, folks have been stepping up BIG TIME to take care of each other! Here are just a few examples:

Neighborhood groups have popped up all over Los Angeles and in the Bay Area to gather and redistribute groceries and supplies to elderly and at-risk people who can’t leave their homes.

A New York City mutual aid fund has already raised almost $35,000 specifically to redistribute to Black folks in need. And that’s not all!

There are DOZENS of mutual aid groups that have popped up around the country to support folks hit hardest by the pandemic. is keeping a running list of them on their website. It’s likely there are folks organizing in your area!

This crisis has shown how important taking care of each other is! If you need help, look for a mutual aid group in your area - and if you have resources, connect with your neighbors to see how you can support them!

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