Ward 3 Mutual Aid
Ward 3 Mutual Aid is one of seven ward teams associated with the DC Mutual Aid Network (DCMA), a citywide grassroots mobilization in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mutual aid can be loosely defined as neighbors helping neighbors. We operate a hotline through which anyone can request support. While free or subsidized groceries are the most common request we get, we are much more than just a grocery service! Through our hotline, we give & receive many kinds of support while building the long term relationships that sustain our community of care.
Background: The DC Mutual Aid Network emerged from the pre-existing mutual aid work already being undertaken across the city by Black-led organizations including Dreaming Out Loud, Black Lives Matter DC, the Black Swan Academy, the Peace House DC, Peace Fellowship DC, Deanwood Tenants Association, Black Youth Project 100, Current Movements, and the campaign to elect Anthony Lorenzo Green. The “East of the River” team was the first to set up a community hotline & free grocery deliveries in mid-March, and they called on organizers in every ward to do the same. Ward 3 organizers launched our hotline on March 23, 2020.
As a grassroots cooperative organization, our goal is for every one of our members & supporters to make a monthly contribution -- and join our organizing! We may each have little to give, but all together we are powerful!