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Scalawag

Courtney Napier

30 November 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Mutual aid programs run by Black women have filled critical gaps in public assistance during the pandemic by feeding hundreds or thousands of people in multiple Southern cities. From Durham's Mustard Seed Project to S...

Fierce for Black Women

Connie Green Freightman

12 November 2020

Mississippi, United States

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Across Mississippi and Georgia, mutual aid groups have formed and existing groups have expanded to address increased racial inequities in the health care system during the coronavirus pandemic. Several of the groups a...

Mission Local

Hayden Manseau

12 November 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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In the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, local community members are leading the effort to reach out to those experiencing homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic. This effort has been successful in coordinat...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Eleni Avendaño

1 November 2020

Hawaii, United States

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A group of health care workers and social workers formed to help connect hard-to-reach communities in Hawaii to COVID-19 testing and information about the pandemic. So far, they have been able to test more than 200 pe...

Associated Press

Julie Watson

31 October 2020

San Diego, California, United States

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A contact tracing program jointly launched by San Diego State University and San Diego County is helping to combat misinformation and dispel fears for immigrants, refugees, and minorities in San Diego by employing eth...

Grady Newsource

Kate Ross

22 October 2020

Athens, Georgia, United States

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A community refrigerator full of free food in Athens, Georgia is a local solution to food insecurity in the area. The fridge stays stocked up through donations from locals and businesses who want to help their neighbo...

Self Evident

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Julia Shu

15 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Early in the pandemic, APIENC, a community organization led by trans, non-binary, and queer Asian and Pacific Islanders in San Francisco, started a phone tree to offer help to people: getting groceries or meals, provi...

WUNC

Jason deBruyn

12 October 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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The nationwide surge in gun violence during the pandemic has forced support groups for grieving survivors to persevere in their work using different tools and strategies in a process that depends on intimate forms of ...

Christian Science Monitor

Megan Janetsky

8 October 2020

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Facing a shortage of supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic and with little help from the government on the horizon, doctors and community members across Venezuela "created a grassroots support network" as a means of ...

LAist

Josie Huang

8 October 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Responding to growing attacks on Asian Americans, based on racist reactions to the pandemic, one young woman self-published a handbook, "How to Report a Hate Crime," in multiple languages. Though limited funding kept ...

WHYY

Miles Bryan

8 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's community of African business owners has created its own security net in the wake of the shutdown, which left many businesses closed or in debt. A traditional African tradition known as "susu" provided ...

NBC News

Jen Reeder

2 October 2020

United States

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As the coronavirus pandemic takes a toll on the U.S. economy, some people are struggling to afford the cost of care for their pets, so a network of animal services leaders have joined together to transform the role th...

NPR

Nina Feldman

1 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Comprised of doctors, nurses, and medical students, the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium is helping to bring free coronavirus testing to Black Philadelphians who are "contracting the coronavirus and dying from COVID-...

New Mexico In Depth

Elizabeth M. Miller

28 September 2020

New Mexico, United States

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Mutual aid groups in New Mexico are packing and delivering groceries and other staples to New Mexicans in need during the pandemic who have not been adequately served by existing social safety nets. Groups like Albuqu...

Enlace Latino

Victoria Bouloubasis

Andrea Patiño Contreras

24 September 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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A group of health professionals known as Latinx Advocacy Team & Interdisciplinary Network for COVID-19, or LATIN-19, is helping to bring coronavirus-specific health care access to North Carolina's Latino community. Be...

The Hechinger Report

Javeria Salman

24 September 2020

Nevada, United States

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When Clark County School District moved to an all-remote plan for school, it distributed 10,000 devices, close to 20,000 students had no way to connect their online classes. A parent, with the help of a SCSD teacher a...

Planet Detroit

Dorothy Hernandez

24 September 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic caused restaurants to close their doors due to safety and health concerns, some Detroit restaurant owners pivoted their businesses into food delivery services and community grocery store ...

The Guardian

Donna Ferguson

19 September 2020

Cambridge, England

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Facebook groups are reuniting bicycle-theft victims with their property by creating a place to report thefts and alerting others to be on the lookout for the bikes. A pandemic-inspired boom in bicycling, as a means to...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Wilfred C. Alik

11 September 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Pacific Islander communities in Hawaii have formed their own Covid-19 task forces to stop the virus’ spread, rather than wait for the government to respond. Despite a lack of resources, the task forces conduct communi...

The GroundTruth Project

Sam Ogozalek

10 September 2020

Bluffton, South Carolina, United States

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A new initiative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping connect farmers with those who are facing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. The program, known as Farmers to Families, allocates monet...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

10 September 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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The nonprofit Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement (HOPE) began SafeLot, a program providing an approved parking lot where people living in vehicles can spend the night safely. Safelots have sprung up nationwide,...

The Boston Globe

Lisa Zwirn

8 September 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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After Boston Public Schools closed in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, about 70 volunteers tended schoolyard gardens at 14 schools to grow food for local families experiencing economic hardship. While students ...

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

8 September 2020

Manhattan, New York, United States

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Two community living facilities have played integral roles in combatting the spread of diseases throughout New York's history by relying on mutual aid models. In the 1980's the Manhattan Plaza residence started the AI...

Montana Free Press

Amanda Eggert

3 September 2020

Orlando, Florida, United States

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What started as a small group of young adults wanting to help their aging parents navigate telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic, is now a multi-state program that provides devices to seniors and low-income peopl...

Sahan Journal

Joey Peters

2 September 2020

Minnesota, United States

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To extend aid to the Minnesotans most vulnerable to the coronavirus, state and local health departments, backed by $4 million in state funding and by community groups' on-the-ground help, conducted an extensive campai...

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