project leader
Michelle M
location
PO Box 310283
(Red Hook, Brooklyn)
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the project

We are a small corps of concerned Red Hookers who are working to make sure supplies, resources, and information are as accessible, inclusive, and comprehensive as possible to everyone in the neighborhood. To that end, we've undertaken a grassroots effort to staff a Mutual Aid reference phone number for those who can’t navigate digital resources. Think of it as emergency reference services. We have also set up funds for offering support to other community organizations doing social justice (e.g. The New Blqk Leaders) or mutual aid work (Red Hook Relief, Red Hook Farm, etc.), a Red Hook Bail Fund, and direct cash assistance to folks in need. 

We also send out a weekly newsletter to a growing list of subscribers, focusing on a different set of resources and providing updates to community members about where to access food, healthcare, employment opportunities, unemployment benefits, tenants' rights information, and more. Subscribe at tinyurl.com/redhookupdates.  

The call-back service we've put together is staffed by librarians, teachers, and freelancers, and to start, we're set up to do 25 callbacks per day, which will be as in depth as people need. We are ready to navigate all the digital resources on callers' behalves, in 5 different languages.

97% of all funds raised will go to families and individuals in need in Red Hook, and 3% will pay for the fees when we buy prepaid debit cards.

the steps

  • We are committed to making supplies, resources, and information as accessible, inclusive, and comprehensive as possible, so we're undertaking a grassroots effort to staff a Mutual Aid reference phone number powered by Google Voice.
  • We have put together a comprehensive resource guide that will be continually updated throughout this effort. This is a shareable, public-facing document that can be accessed at tinyurl.com/redhookresources
  • We also update a weekly calendar to let folks know where free and low-cost food options are available throughout the neighborhood. This can be accessed at tinyurl.com/redhookfood
  • Our volunteers attend weekly meetings with other community organizations, non-profit leaders, and businesses to obtain this information, and to make sure we're all supporting and amplifying each other's efforts
  • We spread the word the old fashioned way: word of mouth and paper flyer distribution through Direct Mail.
  • We send out a weekly newsletter to a growing number of subscribers 
  • We've already secured a small corps of dedicated volunteers, and have staffing to answer phone calls for requests for aid 5 days, with two days allocated for followup calls. We are nimble and able to expand or contract as we determine the volume and scope of need. 
  • We see our main objective as filling in the gaps in the mesh of services and resources already available, and to act as a clearing house for requests for aid from individuals who are on the other side of the digital divide.
  • We are interested in responding urgently to a need, and setting up a thoughtful, responsive, and sustainable system. 
  • We are concerned about efficacy, and are committed to following up with people who use our service to make sure their needs have been met. Our credo is that we are connecting people to resources, not directly providing them, but where possible, we will cut out extra steps and directly deliver what people need. 

why we're doing it

This is an outgrowth of existing relief efforts in the community, all of which have been largely digital in nature, i.e. people have to navigate websites, fill out Google Forms, check online calendars, etc. to access assistance, especially difficult for some folks with the Red Hook branch of Brooklyn Public Library closed due to COVID-19. For some people, that's a barrier to getting the assistance they need, and we know that the COVID crisis has meant serious job and financial losses, healthcare and housing concerns, stressors on mental health, and more for so many. There's so much out there, and our goal is to make that accessible and inclusive. This is a universal right, but specific to Red Hook as well, since many of our residents fell through the cracks following Sandy. We have learned from that experience, and strive to make sure it doesn't happen again.

budget

Materials for masks - $200

Hand sanitizer made by local businesses -$450

Direct Cash Assistance Fund - $1500

Community Support Fund (Emergency preparedness and contributions to other community organizations doing social justice and mutual aid work): $1550

Air conditioning for seniors: $1300



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED (as of 7/7/20) = $4,888
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$113
TOTAL TO RAISE = $5,000
Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.  

 

ORIGINAL BUDGET

  • Materials for masks - $200
  • Hand sanitizer made by local businesses -$400
  • Red Hook Bail Fund - $900
  • Direct Cash Assistance Fund - $1000 
  • Community Support Fund (Contributions to other community organizations doing social justice and mutual aid work): $1000



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $3,395
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$105
TOTAL TO RAISE = $3,500
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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donors

  • cynthia r.
  • Michael S.
  • Samara T.
  • Anonymous
  • David P.
  • Kala B.
  • Rose D.
  • Barbara S.
  • Anonymous
  • Polly K.
  • Anonymous
  • Liz F.
  • Georgie
  • Ethan W.
  • Laura W.
  • Samara T.
  • Denise
  • Jeanne H.
  • Olivia H.
  • Rob Ramirez
  • Marge L.
  • Diane M.
  • Anonymous
  • Sarah B.
  • Anonymous
  • Sean T.
  • Katie C.
  • Theresa H.
  • Mark the mover
  • Molly B.
  • M. Jameson & C. Fahey
  • Anonymous
  • Liz F.
  • Chris Hammett