We are guided by the principle of “Solidarity, not Charity.”

We, the community, keep us safe for our common survival and well-being and share a common responsibility.


For nearly two decades, Serve Your City has provided life-changing experiences and opportunities for at-risk DC students, giving Black and Brown children access to rowing, swimming, yoga, tennis, tutoring, and inspiring experiences often not readily available to children from under-resourced families. 


SYC is the lead partner in Ward 6 Mutual Aid, a partnership of more than three dozen organizations—many of them hyper-local, Black- or Brown-led groups—that came together to share resources and save lives after the COVID-19 pandemic struck the District in March 2020.

Ward 6 Mutual Aid Partners


About Maurice Cook, Executive Director of Serve Your City and Lead Organizer

Maurice was raised in Maryland and DC, by a single mother who worked multiple jobs and received public assistance to support her family. His father went to prison when Maurice was still a preschooler, but through the influence and support of his paternal grandmother and many others, he was the first male in his family to attend college, eventually earning a master’s degree. His love of his hometown, coupled with his frustration with the systemic racism experienced by Black and Brown youth in DC and throughout this country, drove Maurice to create Serve Your City and to step up as a leader with Ward 6 Mutual Aid. 

Serve Your City Board of Directors
  • Alistair Thomson, Board Chair

  • Mike Coburn

  • Naa Sackeyfio

  • Terry Washington

  • Tonya Porter Woods

If you are in need of help or know someone who needs help, reach out at

ward6mutualaid@gmail.com or 202-683-9962

Click here for more information on the food and supplies we provide to Ward 6 residents and others.

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Serve Your City is a tax-exempt 501c3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible.