Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 02:51:03 AM EST
Mutual aid networks are being formed in the neighborhoods in Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Arlington, and other communities.
My Nextdoor account (https:/nextdoor.com) is filling up with people offering help to others as MA goes into shut down. Pause..... and reset.
My notes on Rebecca Solnit's A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, which shows how people often respond to emergency and disaster through mutual aid and community support but that "elite panic" is a term of art in disaster studies, are available at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2016/07/notes-on-rebecca-solnits-paradise-built.html
Cambridge Mutual Aid Network
Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS) network
Food for Free (for Cambridge and Somerville) volunteers
from State Rep Denise Provost
"Help Feed Others: These three Somerville organizations need volunteers to help distribute food during this emergency. All three food service organizations are practicing COVID-19 safety, which requires more volunteers than usual:
SOMERVILLE FOOD SECURITY CONNECTION
Contact: Lisa Brukilacchio at email@example.com
FOOD FOR FREE
Food For Free ( https:foodforfree.org ) is mobilizing a volunteer team via the google form below. They will be in touch with interested folks regarding opportunities as they arise:
Project Soup ( https:www.somervillehomelesscoalition.org/food-security ) is looking for volunteers to help at its community food center, and its food bank. It could also use assistance with toiletry drives, including diapers. Please contact: Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or phone 617-776-7687."
These mutual aid networks are probably happening around your neighborhood too.