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Times are crazy and people are feeling powerless. There are things you can do!


If you need help, comment what you need and how we can get it to you and your state. (if you are a minor, please do not post location information)

If you have resources, comment what you can supply, be it money, be it food, be it home supplies. 

Let's work together and be a community!

If you want to be active in your community, check in with neighbors, help your neighbors, volunteer at food distribution places, volunteer to tutor, or help out here!


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Reply by C. A. R. Ross

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This is a good idea, I will be monitoring this thread with great optimism.


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Reply by KLCY

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A good resource on mutual aid for anyone looking to learn more: link here 



You can also google Dean Spade for more info and their new book on the topic. There's also some YouTube videos for folks who'd like to listen/watch. 


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Reply by KLCY

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another good resource for mutual aid created by Mariame Kaba and AOC



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Reply by umbrykane

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I've always felt if communities and stuff helped each other out more, like if they had a doctor they would do stuff for the community for "Free", people that can farm and make food can do that, people that can fix cars, etc, pretty much everyone helping everyone without having to worry about anything; there would be no need for the government at all, because we'll have everything we need.


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Reply by xX emo_walsh Xx

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I too am also looking for givers to give me, and or others stuff. Although I would never actually give anything of my own, I would just encourage others to do so, as everyone else in here is doing as well. Maybe if we get enough people encouraging people other then ourselves to give, someone will step up and do it.


Let’s keep it up folks


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Reply by Soy Boy LaCroix

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Well, I can list off some good organizations who do work in my city, if y’all happen to know anybody in central Virginia who could use the help. 


Blessing Warriors Inc (FB) — “We are a non-profit organization that exists on a group of people that care enough about others to actually help them. It’s so simple yet so hard for many to comprehend. It is simply people lending a helping hand instead of sneered look.” Anyone who’s been working on the ground in RVA trying to help with what houseless folks have been dealing with during COVID and the harsh Winter know Rhonda’s been on the front lines getting people what they need, especially making sure people get rooms for the night if they fall through the cracks of the net of regional non-profits. She’s a fucking saint.

Health Brigade — “Formerly ‘Fan Free Clinic,’ carries on a 50 year legacy as Virginia’s oldest free and charitable clinic offering a growing array of medical, mental health, community outreach and care coordination services for low-income and uninsured persons.

Health Brigade is known as a safe place to seek care for those who need it the most. We are committed to serving the most marginalized populations in the community–not only those with few resources, but also those most oppressed and stigmatized.” They do a lot of important opioid harm reduction work.

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MAD) RVA (FB, IG) — “MAD RVA, aims to create a support system in response to COVID-19 and the effects it has had on Richmonders, including supply shortage, job losses and quarantine. We operate collectively and are primarily functioning as a supply delivery for folks who cannot access medicine, food and other vital goods. Email: richmondmutualaid@protonmail.com

Richmond Community Outreach Initiative (FB, IG, Twitter) — “We are an autonomous group distributing resources and aid to the homeless in Richmond, VA. Email: rvacoi@protonmail.com I can personally vouch for these folks, they’re good people who have been working hard at making sure folks are getting their bare necessities met and are tracking city government’s and local non-profits’ bungling of our houseless crisis.

Richmond Food Not Bombs (FB, IG) — “Every Sunday, at "Createspace" (607 Wickham St.) we cook at 12 PM!
We are once again distributing at Monroe Park (across from Sacred Heart Cathedral) at 4 PM. Then back at Createspace to clean up around 5:15 PM.

Anyone is welcome to come volunteer, at any time! (to volunteer for the second shift for example, you can join us to serve at the park, and help with the clean-up shift)

Volunteering is on a walk-in basis (aside from regular roles like weekly grocery pickups). Volunteer jobs include sorting produce, cutting up veggies, preparing dishes, and cooking. We also always can use extra dishwashers and cleanup crew members towards the end of the schedule. There is no official registration; just show up when you can. Likewise, everyone is welcome to eat. The meal itself is self-service.

Food is a right, not a privilege. Food Not Bombs is a political organization that expresses its politics- anti-militarism and ending homelessness- through the direct action of providing a free meal to all once a week. We also cater events for local organizations which are working for social justice. Food is a right not a privilege.

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Food Not Bombs operates on non-hierarchical consensus decision making, meaning there is no formal executive of any kind. If you need to get in touch with a primary organizer e-mail: rvafoodnotbombs@gmail.com.

We are happy to accept donations, of both food and funds.”

Richmond Indigenous Society (FB, IG, Twitter) — “A group for Indigenous people to gather, share stories, songs, talents and discuss issues faced by our people. Open to all Indigenous in the RVA and surrounding area. Email: richmondindigenoussociety@gmail.com.”

Richmond Tenants Union (FB, IG, Twitter) — “The Richmond Tenants Union (RTU) fights for all tenants' right to safe, decent, and affordable housing. We believe that our city's housing system should serve the needs of the many, rather than to increase profits for a few. Whether the issue is high-rent, lack of repairs, or a disrespectful landlord, when tenants organize together we have the collective power to win. Email: richmondtenantsunion@riseup.net

River City Medic Collective (FB, IG)  — “We are a collective of trained street medics, EMTs, paramedics, wilderness first responders, herablists, and other health care providers based in Richmond, Virginia – traditionally Pamunkey territory. Founded in June of 2017.”


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Reply by Gasstationhotwingz

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Interested and following, feel free to message me any reading materials.


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Reply by Helios (he)

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I'm a mutual Aid organizer in my area. It's definitely valid to feel hopeless and helpless, but it doesn't have to be this way!


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Reply by Michael <3

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This is so baller :3 ill do what I can!


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