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Mutual Aid Group

Crown Heights Mutual Aid

Brooklyn, NY
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Joined in April 2020

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Crown Heights Mutual Aid started as both a facebook group and Signal thread of local residents hoping to help their neighbors when the Coronavirus situation took a turn for the worse in mid/late March. Some of the initial members came from social justice backgrounds, others were part of the Democratic Socialists of America, and others were just neighbors looking on their own for ways to help.Early it was decided that the CHMA Facebook community would focus on seeking out existing neighborhood groups like block associations, pantries, and shelters and work on connecting concerned neighbors to those orgs as volunteers/support.


Meanwhile the slack side of the group focused on developing a system to receive, deliver, and fully fund grocery orders so that people facing immediate food insecurity would be able to get help fast. As the weeks have gone by, the CHMA slack has also looked to begin partnering with local existing groups, and has grown at a rate of over 300 members a week to where it now stands, at over 1000 members. We used flyers posted in the neighborhood to grow our numbers and have made increasing overall capacity and individual member engagement in the work a top priority in all we do. The work of growing CHMA allows us to better do the work of helping others. 


What started as a cluster of folks hoping to hop on bikes and deliver groceries has now become a community with many different projects and sub-groups, but still the same goal: to step up and help neighbors in need using a democratic system of trust, shared effort, shared funds, and good faith organizing

Crown Heights Mutual Aid started as both a facebook group and Signal thread of local residents hoping to help their neighbors when the Coronavirus situation took a turn for the worse in mid/late March. Some of the initial members came from…

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