What is KWT Mutual Aid?
Our motto is “If you need something ask. If you can give something, give.”
We stand for solidarity, not charity!
Launched on March 19th, 2020, KWT Mutual Aid is a volunteer organization created by neighbors for neighbors, with the objective of helping our community cope with the physical, mental, emotional, and economic hardships created by the COVID-19 crisis.
The idea is simple: showing solidarity through our actions. Neighbors helping neighbors by pooling resources and supporting each others' needs.
Our neighborhoods include immigrant communities that are often denied financial support from the city, state, and federal government, neighbors who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic and those living in vulnerable situations.
KWT Mutual Aid partners with local groups, organizations, and volunteers to meet needs, from grocery shopping and delivery, to prescription pick-ups, well-being phone check-ins, support and guidance accessing government benefits, and providing emergency funds.
2. Which neighborhoods does KWT Mutual Aid serve?
We serve Kensington, Windsor Terrace and the surrounding areas.
3. Who can volunteer?
Anyone! We are not picky. Anyone who can offer help for a couple of hours per day or per week is welcome!
Examples of tasks we need volunteers for include: buying and delivering groceries, picking up prescriptions, 1:1 conversations (via phone, Skype, Zoom), translation, social services guidance (filing for medicare, unemployment), and preparing cooked food.
4. How can I volunteer? How does it work?
Start by filling out our online form. Then, join Slack (we use Slack to communicate, exchange information, post and fulfill neighbors’ requests, etc.) If you’re not familiar with Slack, check out this helpful Slack 101 Tutorial.
Once on Slack, you can join any of the channels you’d like, and choose where you can help out.
We don’t assign tasks to anyone, it is up to you to choose where you can help out. If you have ideas, skills, or contacts, feel free to share!