project leader
Lauren D
location
364 Main St
(North End)
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Cash Assistance: Requester form closed, meeting the gap

the project

Mutual aid is people helping people. We have all types of needs: housing, food, medical, emotional, social, and more. We can meet them ourselves.

Middletown Mutual Aid Collective (MMAC) does work throughout the community by meeting each other’s needs as they come. We are a collective, which means we come together as a group and make decisions together to address what needs to be done in our community. Right now, our work is centered around two projects: the Middletown Community Fridge and Direct Cash Assistance.

Read more about our projects and how to get involved at middletownmutualaid.org!

Informative articles on the modern history of mutual aid in low-income, immigrant, and BIPOC communities:

Gifting Circles and the Monetization of Everything

COVID-19, Resource Colonialism, & Indigenous Resistance

And from 2020: Mutual Aid and Sustaining BIPOC Youth Activism

 

the steps

Over the past year, Middletown Mutual Aid has been running a network to help local people work in community with one another and meet their needs in new ways. We started by crowdfunding money (posting online requesting donations) and using the donated money to  deliver cleaning supplies, PPE, groceries, and other supplies to community members who expressed their need. We also started our Facebook group where Middletown residents can post needs, offerings, and opportunities to join the organizing.

In June of 2020, we began our direct cash assistance program. We give cash aid requesters a one-time payment of $200 with no questions asked. We have been able to give cash payments of $200  to over 300 residents. Over the summer, our financial director worked in person at the North End Action Team Office every Saturday to meet with requesters and make sure that we were accessible both online and in person. 

 We have heard many positive stories of the cash assistance payments helping with rent, medical bills, transportation to work, and more.  As of mid-May 2021, we still have around 540 people waiting on our list to receive assistance. We need support to help fill this gap and fulfill our promises to the community.

 

why we're doing it

Mutual aid is based on the idea that communities work best through voluntary reciprocal cooperation, especially when systemic oppression proves debilitating to other forms of community engagement. We also recognize that the system is often designed to fail, and so we prepare to help each other. The Middletown Mutual Aid Collective recognizes and honors the Black and Indigenous traditions of mutual aid, and the distinct ideological practice as separate from traditions of patriarchal government systems.  Beyond the obviously dire circumstances presented by COVID-19, many Middletown residents regularly experience significant economic hardship and have needs not addressed by the government, and we will be organizing during all chaotic events as they come.

budget

We're hoping to raise money to keep our neighbors safe and fed. The funds raised here will be redistributed among community efforts that are delivering fresh and nutritious food to our neighbors.  Based on the requests we receive, we will collaborate to determine the best way to distribute funds with the majority of them going to local food relief efforts that are providing immediate relief to individuals experiencing food insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

UPDATED BUDGET 01.07.20



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $97,000
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $3,000
TOTAL TO RAISE = $100,000

 

UPDATED BUDGET 08.18.20



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $48,500
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $1,500
TOTAL TO RAISE = $50,000

 

 

UPDATED BUDGET 06.22.20



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $29,325
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$675
TOTAL TO RAISE = $30,000
Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.  

 

ORIGINAL BUDGET 

PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED =    $9,716
ioby Platform Fee  -   waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)  -  waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)    $284
TOTAL TO RAISE =    $10,000
 

Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.    

updates

Cash Assistance: Requester form closed, meeting the gap

As of the time we're writing today in mid-May 2021, we have been able to give cash payments of $200 to over 300 Middletown residents! As some of you may know, this has been a great help to many as we've been working hard since June of last year, to fundraise and get money out to requesters every week.

We still have a really large gap to meet. We still have around 540 people waiting on our list to receive assistance and our requester form is closed until further notice. We take in mainly small dollar-donations of $20-30, so it takes multiple average donations to fulfill just one request. We would really appreciate your help in fulfilling these promises to the community.

Deadline Extended!

Thank you all SO MUCH for your generous outpouring of support in the past few days!

MMAC acknowledges that our fundraising project had a somewhat alarming deadline of today, June 30th. Thankfully, we've been able to extend this deadline on the campaign so that we can meet the needs of the community in anticipation of rent and bills for local people next month as well. The project is very much still up and running. Please keep sharing, donating, and getting involved however you can! THANK YOU! 

Wow, Halfway to Our Goal!

Thank you for this great outpouring of support! What an exciting way to launch our new direct assistance campaign! We are so happy to see the mutual aid fund growing already. While we are thrilled to have made it halfway to our initial goal, we are also excited to expand the fund as requests have already surpassed $20K. In order to meet the needs of all our neighbors, we will need your continued support! We will announce an updated goal soon! Thank you to all who donated, shared, requested, and engaged with our campaign in these first few days. Please keep doing what you can for the benefit of our city!

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