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MANYC: Community Resources and Ways to Get Involved
January 26, 2022
MANYC Spotlight: Community Resources Team
Mutual Aid NYC’s Community Resources team is dedicated to supporting city-wide mutual aid efforts by connecting New Yorkers in crisis to vital resources in their community through our online platform, resource library, and hotline.
They created a Mutual Aid Groups Directory to make it easy for New Yorkers and neighborhood organizations to discover their closest, active mutual aid group. The library has been used by New Yorkers across the city trying to find volunteer opportunities, and by New Yorkers looking for Mutual Aid group support.
Any recent updates?
We quality check the mutual aid groups in our directory regularly to make sure the info is the most up to date, we have almost finished our 2022 check so we invite/encourage you to take a look at it again!
Looking to get involved?
Already a part of a mutual aid group? The For Groups and Organizers page includes ways to link your group with MANYC, tips for fundraising, MANYC support services offered, and more!
Please email us if you have any questions about the directory
Call to action → If you know any resources and groups we can add, please add it here! This is all community-sourced so please help spread the word!
What’s going on with City Council?
Legislation was introduced to end summons and return paid fines to New Yorkers regarding COVID vaccine violations. Councilman Kalman Yeger states that certain neighborhoods have been disproportionately targeted by the policy
A feasibility study for the Interborough Express, a new proposed public transportation line connecting Brooklyn and Queens was completed. The project would connect 17 subway stops and run from Bay Ridge to Jackson Heights
City Council passed legislation phasing out fossil fuels for new building construction and renovations over the next 6 years
On the Upside
Increased rights for delivery app workers have been enacted. They are entitled to use customer bathrooms at restaurants when picking up orders, must be provided daily earnings reports by delivery platforms, and must be provided increased pay transparency regarding tips
In the coming year, two more delivery worker bills will be enacted, one which sets minimum pay standards and another which requires companies to pay for delivery insulation bags
Mutual Aid Opportunities
Run a Zoom workshop on written communication with Barrier Free Living: They work with survivors of domestic violence who have disabilities and are looking for a volunteer to run a virtual workshop to help front line staff build written communication skills such as email and letter writing
Help people move with MANYC’s Moving Support Project: They are looking for volunteers to help bring furniture to people who have finally gotten homes. We are looking for movers, drivers, people who like to source items for free on the internet, project managers for the move days, and folks who might want to be liaisons with the people getting furniture. We practice covid safety protocols, and lunch is provided to all movers and drivers on move days!
Volunteers needed on the following dates: Feb 5, Feb 19, Mar 5, Mar 19. To find out more and sign up, email email@example.com
Distribute produce and/or tidy the Free Store with Gowanus Mutual Aid: GMA is looking for people to help tidy the Free Store located on the corner of Douglass & Bond. You can sign up here for any day and any time!
GMA is also looking for 2-3 people to help load their delivery truck for January’s bulk produce distribution at the Recovery House of Worship on Schermerhorn St. Please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested!
Resources of the Week: Brooklyn Local Mutual Aid Resources
Brooklyn Neighborhood Cooperative Food Project
A group of neighbors in Kensington-Flatbush are running a small bulk buying experiment to prioritize solidarity and safety. They imagine a food system and movements that work together to secure basic needs in the fight for a better world for everyone. Email email@example.com to receive the order form every other week
Call to action → Venmo a donation to @murberry with the comment NCFP and share this fundraiser
Market Days from Gowanus Mutual Aid
GMA collects essential items and gives them to the community free of charge, typically on the last Saturday of each month at The Free Store on the corner of Douglass & Bond
Call to action → If you know of any organization that can help GMA collect donations of essential items, please email here
MANYC Self Promo
Request Help by:
Going to the I Need Help page
Searching for a local group
Searching for a resource
Calling the hotline at: 646-437-8080
Submitting a resource
Donating to Home is a Human Right
Donating to a local mutual aid group