We are helping neighbors support each other in North Durham. Since March 2020, We’ve been building relationships of mutual aid across the neighborhoods of Northgate Park, Colonial Village, Braggtown, and surrounding areas. What we mean by “mutual aid” is when people get together to meet each other’s basic survival needs and care for one another, while recognizing that the dominant institutions are not going to meet all of our needs.
Within our neighborhood, we use a listserv for sharing needs, questions, and offers of support. Some of us are “block coordinators” who set up means of communication between neighbors on our blocks. We recently created a food distribution group, which connects people who offer to donate food with people who are in need of food (as well as other resources, such as masks and diapers). As of late May, we are distributing food and masks to about 9-12 families each week. We have a fund for donations to help pay for the food. We are also supporting a Senior Solidarity Project to help provide resources to older adults who live in public housing. Most recently, we started a new group to create alternatives to policing in North Durham.
Please let us know if you’d like to collaborate with us!
How to contact us and get involved:
(whether to request support, offer support, or organize)
Correo electronico: NorthgateResponse@gmail.com
Phone: 919-886-4614 (Google Voice)
Take our survey: http://tiny.cc/northgatepark
Donate to our mutual aid fund: This fund is to cover the cost of grocery purchases for volunteers who need to be reimbursed when they purchase and deliver food for neighbors in need. To give $ to the fund, you can send money directly to our Paypal account: firstname.lastname@example.org. (The name will show up as Allison SwaimNG. Be sure to select “send to friends/family” to avoid the transaction fee. All money donated will go directly towards purchasing food for neighbors. If we have additional funds, those will go directly to support other mutual aid efforts driven by neighbors’ needs, including support with rent and bills.)