project leader
Claire H
location
Myrtle Ave
(Clinton Hill and Fort Greene)
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the project

***Please note all contributions (unless specified) will go towards the Groceries and Essentials Fund. If you would like to contribute to either of the community fridges, please mention this in the "Display as" section when you are contributing (e.g. YOURNAME for FORT GREENE Community fridge or FULTON STREET Community Fridge)***

Clinton Hill Fort Greene Mutual Aid (CHFGMA) is a coalition of neighbors organizing to support each other through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Recognizing that our community has been impacted by gentrification and systemic racism, we seek to repair harm and create equity through redistribution and advocacy. 

We came together in March 2020 when the COVID-19 lockdown began. We created a phone hotline [(862)277-0747], a website, a Slack workspace, and a weekly newsletter. Since then, we’ve organized a network of thousands of neighbors, to share what we have and fulfill what we need. 

Needs for food and other basic necessities for neighbors isolating at home has been the most urgent and highly communicated ask from day one. We’ve found that in the majority of cases, neighbors requesting supplies are struggling financially - meaning they cannot cover the costs of essentials like food, medicine, body care items, baby supplies, cleaning supplies, and PPE.

We established our Groceries & Essentials Fund to help cover the costs of these items for neighbors who cannot afford them at this time. Since March 2020, we have responded to requests from over 911 households in the area, redistributing $317,775 through over 4,106 shopping trips. Individuals reaching out to our group over email, social media, phone, or through our online form can choose between two options: we can provide money for them to shop independently, or we can connect them with someone in our network who will shop on their behalf. 

We also established the Fort Greene Community Fridge to provide a source of food for neighbors and to rescue food that would otherwise go to waste. The fridge is located at 357 Myrtle Avenue and is accessible to the public 24/7. The fridge is cleaned multiple times daily by volunteers and supplied by local businesses and individuals. Since its founding, we have rescued and redistributed tens of thousands of pounds of food to neighbors.

Providing groceries and essentials is just one important part of the work we do - we are active in our neighborhoods in many ways, including:

  • Mobilizing over 60 volunteers weekly to support local food pantries in partnership with the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership and OneCommunity, providing door-to-door delivery to 1,500 households in the area, which has become an important bulwark of food security.
  • Attending weekly meetings with other local organizations, non-profit leaders, and businesses to stay up-to-date and to make sure we're amplifying each other's efforts.
  • Sourcing and delivering laptops, tablets, phones, beds, furniture, and other household goods to neighbors.
  • Making wellness calls to isolating neighbors (so far we’ve had 844 conversations with 378 neighbors, in 5 languages).
     

There are many ways to get involved. If you’d like to learn more, please visit our website and  follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

 

the steps

We are raising money to keep our Groceries & Essentials Fund and Community Fridge going. 

Continuing to support household shopping is vital. Unlike a food pantry package, grocery shopping allows families to continue to cook for themselves in the ways they want, with food they choose. The majority of shopping is paid for by our fund, and we’re currently spending about $7,000 per week to cover ~60 household shopping trips. We rely exclusively on donations. Every dollar raised goes directly towards purchasing essentials to keep our neighbors fed and well.

The fridge relies on the generosity of our neighbors and local businesses. 61 individual volunteers pick up donations, clean the fridge and run our community outreach. We currently work with over 14 businesses to redistribute excess food that will otherwise go to waste. Monetary support is also vital to the fridge  as we need donations to cover the cost of infrastructure, cleaning supplies, and transportation costs.

 

why we're doing it

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social justice crisis has highlighted the existing deep structural problems that prevent our government from properly handling emergencies.

We believe, more than ever before, society is in need of mutual aid -  a voluntary exchange of resources and services for mutual benefit. Mutual aid projects are a form of political participation in which people take responsibility for caring for one another and changing political conditions, rather than having to depend on the government to take action.

These projects are volunteer-based, with people engaging  because they want to effect immediate change. CHFGMA is rooted in solidarity, putting human needs above all - collectively meeting our own needs rather than relying on the institutions that have failed us. By contrast, charity often involves people and organizations choosing who is and is not worthy of support.

 As a result of living in a profoundly unequal society, CHFGMA maintains that having needs is not a personal failure. We all have needs, and we all have ways to contribute. We do our best to support each and every person who reaches out to us, regardless of their reasons. We seek to engage our neighbors as a means of honoring existing communities, building new partnerships, and redistributing resources.

While the initial formation of CHFGMA was a result of COVID-19, our work to further solidarity, justice, and equity will go on as long as we are able to continue serving one another.

 

 

budget

REVISED 3.18.21

 

 



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $186,240
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $5,760
TOTAL TO RAISE = $192,000

 

Currently, Clinton Hill Fort Greene distributes about $6,000 per week in funds to reimburse volunteers purchasing groceries for neighbors. This allows for over 80 weekly deliveries of food, medicine, and baby supplies. We aim to raise four months worth of funds to continue supporting each other. Our goal is to raise $95,900 for the Grocery Fund.

Contributions to the community fridge will cover the cost of infrastructure, cleaning supplies, and transportation costs. Included in our budget is a goal is to raise $2,000 for our Community Fridge project. 



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $97,900
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$2,100
TOTAL TO RAISE = $100,000
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  

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