Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid Programs
All 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 community members.
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.
If you are or know a student in need of a laptop, please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/syclaptoprequest
When schools shuttered suddenly in the spring, we quickly built a tutoring program to help about 80 DC students in need of extra support with virtual learning. This fall, we had 260 tutors working with 130 students, spending nearly 1,300 hours on video calls. Together, they work on math, reading, Spanish, science, history and whatever students need. 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.
Building on the after-school and youth engagement work Serve Your City has been doing for more than a decade, we place 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. This fall we had 68 students participate in 15 class through Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Indivisible Arts Collective, Black Girls Code, Circle Yoga, Trapeze School, Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center, and other programs. They spent more than 780 hours in class.
If you want to learn more about these and future extracurricular opportunities, please contact email@example.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.
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.
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. We attend ANC meetings and track the city's comprehensive development plan to ensure more DC residents don't get pushed out of neighborhoods by developers. It's all of us, or none of us.
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 be part of our work — from becoming a community member (our word for volunteer) or through making a one-time or recurring donation or business sponsorship.
Need help or know someone who does?
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-683-9962
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.