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Sharon S
69 Belmont Avenue
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the project

We live in Ocean Hill Brownsville and there wasn't a mutual aid group for us. So we created one! A group of neighbors in Ocean Hill/Brownsville have come together to form a mutual aid network to deliver free groceries to neighbors and their families affected by COVID-19.  It's a simple and effective neighborhood response to the need we see.  In our first week we delivered a week's worth of groceries to 41 families. We have more need than money and volunteers. That's where you come in. 

Mutual aid is solidarity, not charity - and we need everyone to make sure that we shift resources from those who have enough to those who don't. We've heard that there are some neighborhoods that have more money than need - and we are a neighborhood with more need than money. 

Can you help? Donate or volunteer as a shopper or delivery person!

the steps

We've already begun! Our Neighborhood Association, Community Garden members, and other community members meet weekly by Zoom to discuss the needs we've seen in our neighborhood. We began to raise money as we can and shop with what we have. We're partnering with Crown Heights Mutual Aid, Brownsville Community Culinary Center and other mutual aid and community groups to make sure we're focused, efficient, and coordinated.

We began delivering groceries on 4/21/20 and shop every day we have the funds to do so. Each day, we connect with Crown Heights Mutual Aid, get names of neighbors in Ocean Hill and Brownsville who need groceries, reach out to them to get their grocery list, shop for them, deliver the groceries, and track all that we're doing through different online platforms. Volunteers submit receipts for groceries and we CashApp them the money spent. Some volunteers generously donate some or all of the cost of the groceries. We will continue until the COVID-19 crisis is over, or until we run out of money for groceries. 

why we're doing it

Mutual aid means being in community with your neighbors and using the resources some have for those that don't have. We are a tight knit community and we are used to doing for ourselves - Ocean Hill/Brownsville is often ignored in systemic responses to crisis. We do this because we live here, because we are community, and because we're in it together. 


$75-100 per groceries delivery for up to 150 families in Ocean Hill/Brownsville

Volunteers are unpaid and there is no overhead. All money goes to groceries. 

ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
TOTAL TO RAISE = $20,000
Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.  





ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $300
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,000


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