50 community resources to support Americans financially impacted by COVID-19
As Americans come to terms with the new realities of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, countless mutual aid networks have blossomed in every corner of the country. From direct financial aid for artists to grassroots workers fighting to end incarceration, people are mobilizing across the country to help each other.
Using several crowdsourced resource lists, Stacker curated a gallery of 50 mutual aid funds and other similar community resources for Americans who are struggling due to the virus. The list includes both national and local resources. Many resources are updated frequently as the pandemic continues to shape life in the U.S., so you can check resources directly for updates; there are ones available to help Americans from all walks of life. Plus, it turns out that mutual aid is a massive, possibly instinctive, human response to this pandemic.
As we all face this new normal together, it is worth keeping in mind the similarities across most of these efforts: We are quickly deploying high levels of creativity, solidarity, love, and compassion all over the country to support one another. Although each resource differs by detail, the underlying core is the same: we, together.
Science bears out that humans are hard-wired for empathy, along with many other species across the animal kingdom. “With familiarity, other people become part of ourselves,” said James Coan, a University of Virginia psychology professor who showed that people’s brain scans closely correlate to those of people to whom they are attached.
The resources in the list spotlight how deeply connected we are to one another. And perhaps, even beyond the direct support they offer, give a window of hope into just how instinctive it is for humans to make sure they can help one another in times of need.
National resource list
This list is updated with various national, state, and other resources. Some are related to state-by-state eviction bans, federal and state relief, and non-government resources.
Printable mutual aid flyer
Use these flyers for offering services and resources that can be printed and posted on your door, in your building, or your neighborhood. This is particularly useful for helping the elderly, the immunocompromised, and those facing financial insecurity in the wake of suspended work who may not be reachable online. The link includes multiple translations with more coming.
COVID-19 resources for students
Here is a comprehensive resource guide for students that many others may find useful. The list includes links to CDC resources, disability and racism resources, action items, and much more.
Free Them All for Public Health
Free Them All for Public Health offers calls to action for protecting incarcerated people and others from COVID-19. This includes organizing protest campaigns to free people in the U.S. from jails, prisons, solitary confinement, and migrant detention. The organization’s website includes downloadable graphics and posters.
Mutual aid organizing form
This interactive mutual aid support form is a template you can use. It offers guidance on how to start organizing your own local (building, street, neighborhood-based) mutual aid. You’ll need Facebook to access this link.
Another Gulf is Possible
Another Gulf is Possible offers an extensive resource list that includes posters and graphics, community building, links to relevant reading materials, videos, and more. Some are included in Spanish and Mandarin.
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
Campaign for Migrant Worker Justice
The Campaign for Migrant Worker Justice supports education, training, and organizing for farmworkers across the South and Midwest. Migrant and Latino communities often face “abuses in the workplace including wage theft, dangerous working conditions, harassment and discrimination.” And this is especially true now in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Food Chain Workers Alliance
The Food Chain Workers Alliance describes itself as “a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.” This is a place to plug in to support workers in the US food system during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Freelance artist resources
This Freelance Artist Resource List is meant for artists and allies of all stripes, including filmmakers, actors, writers, designers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, playwrights, photographers, and more. This is an “aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.”2018 All rights reserved.