About Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid

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 more than a decade, 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.


Since March 2020, SYC has served as the infrastructure hub for 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.

Ward 6 Mutual Aid Partners

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Maurice Cook, Executive Director and Lead Organizer
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Raised in Maryland and DC, Maurice 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 in 2009 and to step up as a leader with Ward 6 Mutual Aid when the pandemic struck in March 2020. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Jackie.

Michael Houck

Michael Houck was born and raised in Washington, D.C., in the Anacostia neighborhood in Ward 8. As a youth he noticed rapid economic and structural changes happening both in his community and his city. He wanted to learn how to organize and fight against the oppressive challenges that affected him and his people, so he started his organizing journey in high school. Today, Michael manages Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid’s tech program and resource distribution efforts on a daily basis.

Christian Sutton

Christian Sutton was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He is an organizer for Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid’s food distribution and tech programs. He is a senior at the University of the District of Columbia.

Miranda Mlilo

Miranda Mlilo is the creator and coordinator of the Tutoring and Youth Enrichment Program at Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid, known as the Free School for Unlimited Youth. She works to end the opportunity gap by providing academic tutoring and creative after school activities for students in historically underserved communities. As a child of immigrant parents from Palestine and Zimbabwe, Miranda is passionate about advancing equity and works in the community to organize around indigenous sovereignty, and racial and environmental justice.

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

  • Mike Coburn

  • Naa Sackeyfio

  • Terry Washington

  • Tonya Porter Woods