Mutual aid networks are being formed in the neighborhoods in Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Arlington, and other communities.
My Nextdoor account (https://nextdoor.com) is filling up with people offering help to others as MA goes into shut down. Pause….. and reset.
Cambridge Mutual Aid Network
Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS) network
Food for Free (for Cambridge and Somerville) volunteers
Boston Mutual Aid: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15GYuPYEzBk9KIyH3C3419aYxIMVAsa7BL7nBl9434Mg/edit?fbclid=IwAR0mMSlLIsk-ktSTWkNo-HE7alvIiIZ32g82QSstgdDmKMvrAJstNiMZLVk#gid=0
USBG Emergency Bartender Fund
from State Rep Denise Provost
“Help Feed Others: These three Somerville organizations need volunteers to help distribute food during this emergency. All three food service organizations are practicing COVID-19 safety, which requires more volunteers than usual:
SOMERVILLE FOOD SECURITY CONNECTION
Contact: Lisa Brukilacchio at firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD FOR FREE
Food For Free ( https://foodforfree.org/ ) is mobilizing a volunteer team via the google form below. They will be in touch with interested folks regarding opportunities as they arise:
Project Soup ( https://www.somervillehomelesscoalition.org/food-security/ ) is looking for volunteers to help at its community food center, and its food bank. It could also use assistance with toiletry drives, including diapers. Please contact: Ben at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-776-7687.”
These mutual aid networks are probably happening around your neighborhood too.
My notes on Rebecca Solnit’s A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, which shows how people often respond to emergency and disaster through mutual aid and community support but that “elite panic” is a term of art in disaster studies, are available at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2016/07/notes-on-rebecca-solnits-paradise-built.html