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Hotline: 617-651-1468 Email: MutualAidBrookline@gmail.com
Community members who would like to speak with a volunteer in a language other than English can call our main hotline and state the language, in English if possible. We will do our best to call back within 24 hours (though please note that this may occasionally take longer based on volunteer availability). Community members are also welcome to email our main address in their language of choice. For a list of languages we currently speak and links to translated materials, please see “Language Access” below.
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Welcome to Mutual Aid Brookline!
Mutual aid networks are a powerful way to build strong community-held safety nets for all.
“We all have something to offer and we all have something we need.”
You can read our full mission statement here.
If you’d like to contribute funds to Mutual Aid Brookline, here’s how:
Mutual Aid Brookline
P.O. Box 470463
Brookline, MA 02447
If you are IN NEED of resources, services, or general aid:
FINANCIAL SUPPORT : **NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS**
MAB has launched the Direct Financial Aid Initiative (DFAI) that allows community members to directly send money to those of us in need. Based on the efforts of similar mutual aid organizations, we believe that the DFAI will be an efficient and effective way to redistribute funds in our community.
Other Resources: The Brookline Community Foundation has a Safety Net Fund that can help you as well. Submit an online request at this link, or call (857) 707-3525. More information about this program is available on the Brookline Center's website.
If you are a high risk individual and need food, medication, library materials, or other necessities delivered to you, please reach out to us directly at (617)-651-1037 or MutualAidBrookline.Delivery@gmail.com and we will coordinate a delivery for you and cover the cost if need be. Please read through our Recipient FAQs here. For more information about our new partnership with the Public Library of Brookline, click here!
If you are a parent in need of childcare while schools are closed, please fill out this survey here. If you cannot afford to pay for childcare, we can provide you with a child care subsidy.
If you have lost your income as a result of COVID-19, and are willing to provide childcare to community members, please fill out this survey here. We will match you with a family in need.
If you are concerned about paying for food, please contact us at (617)-651-1468 or MutualAidBrookline@gmail.com and we will provide you with resources and food donated by community members.
Quarantine and isolation can be lonely! If you would like someone to talk to, please contact us at 617-651-1889 or email MutualAidBrookline.Companions@gmail.com and we will connect you with a volunteer to talk to.
If there is anything you need that is not found on the above offerings spreadsheet, please contact us at (617)-651-1468 or MutualAidBrookline@gmail.com
If you would like to PROVIDE resources, services, or general aid:
A survey for those who can provide help is available here. Please complete this survey and share it with other community members! The info you provide will be directly uploaded into a public non-editable “offerings” spreadsheet. Your personal information will not be posted.
We very much need financial support to cover the cost associated with this program. For info on how to donate, please go to the top of this document. In order to keep our finances transparent, we are logging all our donations and withdrawals here.
A survey for those who can provide childcare, help feed children who receive free lunch through BPS, and donate to a fund to pay for childcare for low-income community members is available here.
Quarantine and isolation can be lonely! If you would like to provide virtual companionship to a community member in need, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
DONATE YOUR T PASS:
If you have an MBTA pass that you are not using, consider offering it up to essential workers who commute on the T on this spreadsheet.
Pods are hyperlocal groups that utilize text message groups or phone trees to communicate with your neighbors. Since not everyone has access to online communication or will ever see these google docs, neighborhood pods are how we reach more people. We are asking for folks to sign up as Neighborhood Point People, where you’d take on the responsibility of reaching out to your neighbors, moderating a neighborhood group chat or phone tree (on whatsapp or another communication tool), and staying in touch with the other point people for resource sharing. If you have the capacity to take on this role, please let us know ASAP by filling out the survey and we’ll set you up with a toolkit of how to get started.
We are always looking for more community members who would like to join our team of volunteers working to improve MAB’s language access! For more information on this initiative, please see “Language Access” below.
Community Events and Activities:
Additional Informative Resources:
Questions? Call or Text our hotline 617-651-1468 or email email@example.com
Community members who would like to speak with a volunteer in a language other than English can call our main hotline and state the language, in English if possible. We will do our best to call back within 24 hours (though please note that this may occasionally take longer based on volunteer availability). Community members are also welcome to email our main address in their language of choice. Below is a list of languages we currently speak, as well as links to translated materials. Many of these materials are currently under development and revision; updated materials will be linked here as they become available.
Albanian / Shqip
Arabic / العربية
Bulgarian / български
Chinese - Cantonese / 中文 - 廣東話 (tiny.cc/mab-chinese)
Chinese - Hokkien / 中文 - 福建話 (tiny.cc/mab-chinese)
Chinese - Mandarin / 中文 - 國語 (tiny.cc/mab-chinese)
Croatian / Hrvatski
East Timorese (Tetum) / Tetun Prasa
French / Français (tiny.cc/mab-french)
Haitian Creole / Kreyòl Ayisyen
Hebrew / עִבְרִית (tiny.cc/mab-hebrew)
Hindi / हिन्दी
Indonesian / Bahasa Indonesia
Italian / Italiano (tiny.cc/mab-italian)
Japanese / 日本語 (tiny.cc/mab-japanese)
Korean / 한국어 (tiny.cc/mab-korean)
Malay / Bahasa Melayu
Nepali / नेपाली
Polish / Polski
Portuguese / Português (tiny.cc/mab-portuguese)
Romanian / Limba Română
Russian / русский язык (tiny.cc/mab-russian)
Spanish / Español (tiny.cc/mab-spanish)
Urdu / اُردُو
Like all of MAB, this language access initiative is made up entirely of community members volunteering their time and skills. If you would like to join in as a volunteer, we welcome all languages and time commitments! Please fill out this survey to let us know you’re interested: https://forms.gle/enewPW1yL8fkoc8B9.
Please feel free to contact MutualAidBrookline.Language@gmail.com with any questions!
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