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Food & Supplies

 
All of our projects are in direct response to needs expressed by our community. When a need arises, we find a way to meet it. Together.

We have delivered more than $30,000 of food to more than 2,000 families, including especially-vulnerable unhoused people living in tent encampments—and we know that barely touches the need. We distribute diapers, hand sanitizer, masks, cleaning supplies, and more.

We work with the Capital Area Food Bank, Food For All and local restaurants, and accept donations from individuals and other groups. Partners identify individuals and families in need and together we arrange distribution through a customized internal delivery app developed by our volunteers.

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Education & Enrichment

 
Laptops and internet service

Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network stepped in where DC Public Schools failed its Black and Brown students. We’ve delivered over 400 backpacks filled with laptops, internet hotspots, masks and other supplies and some fun activities to students identified by the hyper-local nonprofits that make up the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network. Earlier, in the spring, we collected, refurbished, and delivered over 100 laptops to students who needed them.

 

Tutoring

We built a cadre of nearly 200 tutors in the spring of 2020, connecting college students and others to 80 students needing extra support with their school work after schools suddenly closed. Together, they spent over 100 hours per week working together on math, reading, Spanish, science, history and whatever a student needed help with. The first-class, professionally-run program has continued since, including over the summer. Parents say the tutors alleviate the unexpected burden of teaching and tutoring their children, while working and managing family life in a pandemic. 

 

Could your child use some help with schoolwork? Sign up for tutoring support. 

 

And we are always looking for tutors.

 

Enrichment

Building on the after-school and youth engagement work Serve Your City has been doing for more than a decade, we are placing students into high-quality virtual and socially distant enrichment programs, including guitar lessons, creative writing, music production, yoga and meditation, photography, piano, computer coding, horseback riding and trapeze classes! The programs are free to our kids. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Indivisible Arts Collective, Black Girls Code, Circle Yoga, Trapeze School, Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center, and a growing number of organizations are providing these experiences for free or at greatly reduced cost, covered by SYC/Ward 6 Mutual Aid.

 

If you want to learn more about these and future extracurricular opportunities, please contact syctutoringmutualaid@gmail.com.

Laptop training program 

Through this program, youth learn how to procure, refurbish, and distribute devices to their community, as well as for a profit. Students also learn how to provide tech-hotline support to families that have received devices. Classes are housed at the ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center, a member-led space that builds racial and economic justice through the promotion of sustainable employment, and the incubation of economic alternatives. Class instruction is led by Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid youth. 

 

This program follows the Mutual Aid model of leadership and support coming from within the community, instead of relying on charity. Through this training, students will develop critical technological skills while filling a direct community need.

 
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Health & Well-Being

Public health initiative 

Black and Brown people are the hardest hit by the coronavirus and have the least access to resources to help them stay healthy or to recover. We improve public health through education about COVID-19, flu shots, and other health issues and services, and we provide masks, hand sanitizer, and other protective equipment to residents in a variety of settings. With the help of artists, health professionals and others, we created and distributed more than 10,000 culturally-relevant informational flyers. We have delivered thousands of masks.


 

Yoga and more 

During this stressful and traumatic time, this long-running mindfulness programming from Serve Your City and other partners is more critical than ever before. We keep us safe by ensuring our families and students have a few moments of calm in their lives through socially-distanced, outdoor yoga, meditation and other programs.  

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Advocacy

We make the community whole when we address everyone’s critical needs and fight to tear down the structural racism and inequity that harms Black and Brown people nationally and here in our city. We are fighting for internet access for all, with our partners at Brightbeam, and for an end to the morally bankrupt digital divide. We testify at the Wilson Building for city budget items and we call out a law enforcement structure and history that threatens the lives of Black and Brown people.

Need help or know someone who does?

ward6mutualaid@gmail.com or 202-683-9962

 

You can help! Solidarity requires the work of all of us. Reach out and let’s talk about what’s needed and how you can help.

You can become a recurring donor or business sponsor or make a one-time donation. Thank you for investing in our community.

Our work is made possible through individual donations, business sponsorships, and the generous support of foundations and neighborhood commissions, including the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, Foley Hoag Foundation, Sparkplug Foundation, ANC6C, and ANC6B.

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