AN INVITATION TO MUTUAL IMAGINATION:
CONNECT LOCALLY TO MAKE AN IMPACT THROUGH MUTUAL AID
In our commitment to uniting communities, RJC is spotlighting organizations already offering support and mutual aid, as well as encouraging RJC Advocates (that’s you!) to think about ways of showing meaningful solidarity.
What time, talent, and resources can you bring to meet our community’s rights to access support, care, and supplies? This can include sharing groceries, diapers, delivering medicine or food, offering your AirBnB for housing, etc. What networks are you connected to that you can invite into a deeper practice of mutual aid that ensures that all people in our community are included? Feel free to tell us what you’re doing and offering to the community by emailing us at email@example.com, we’d love to hear what you’re involved with!
Local Mutual Aid Resources:
RJC Organizers are reaching out to local groups, having conversations about their commitments to racial equity and their willingness to be on our list. This will be a living document of mutual aid resources with which we have relationships and not a comprehensive list. We will seek to grow and update it regularly and welcome your suggestions.
Local Mutual Aid Resources
Resources offered: COVID Rapid Relief including food distribution sites throughout Buncombe County and PPE distribution; Advocacy, Arts & Education (including Asheville in Black and Asheville en Espanol media pages), & Racial Healing; Street Pantries; Street medic team, building Asheville’s first deeply affordable housing with equity; Resource list of shelters, housing, healthcare providers, clothing closets, and food pantries.
Pandemic of Love is a grassroots, volunteer-led mutual aid organization, serving community members whose livelihood has been affected by COVID-19.
Resources offered: Payment for grocery, medical, utility bills; filling up gas tank, and other resources. Email: pandemicofloveAVL@gmail.com or complete assistance request form.
Resources needed: Please complete give help form to be matched with a community member.
(*RJC has not specifically spoken with this organization yet, but we believe they are a great resource and we welcome community feedback if you believe otherwise)
Population(s) served: primarily communities of color, anyone working to dismantle white supremacy. Founded in 2019 to address trauma, healing, and resilience through creating a community of connections.
Resources offered: Men and Women’s health and wellness support groups, peer support services, peer support specialist training, training for clinicians of color, trauma and resilience training for foster parents, Multi-Generational Healing through the Arts program, community-based wealth building, peace education programs, and more.
Resources needed: Donations welcomed.
441 N. Louisiana Ave., Suite E, Asheville
CPC has language justice resources online (which aren’t targeted specifically to Black communities, but to anyone interested in organizing folks across multiple languages), including:
Language Justice Curriculum for interpreters and people interested in interpreting who want to understand language justice or interpretation in a social justice context.
Se Ve Se Escucha podcast (Seen and Heard)
Interpreter training and toolkit on YouTube
Resources needed: Financial donations welcomed.
Have a suggestion for a Mutual Aid group to add to our list? Let us know who to contact with their contact information and, in a sentence or two, why you recommend them.