COVID-19 DC Resource Toolkit

What is mutual aid?

Mutual aid is a term to describe people giving each other needed material support, trying to resist the control dynamics, hierarchies and system-affirming, oppressive arrangements of charity and social services. Mutual aid projects are a form of political participation in which people take responsibility for caring for one another and changing political conditions, not just through symbolic acts or putting pressure on their representatives in government, but by actually building new social relations that are more survivable.

General mutual aid resources:  

Mutual aid & preparation through a disability lens:

Covid-19 resources & information:

Covid-19 data:

WHO Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19):

FAQs fact sheet (developed from above): (needs to be translated into Spanish & Amharic)

Creating neighborhood pods: 

COVID-19 insurance options: 

Mythbusting - Black folks are also at risk: 

What to do when you can’t get tested: 

CDC testing guidelines: 

Travel advice: 

Other fact sheets: 

Safe Drug use during COVID-19 Outbreak: 

Whitman Walker one pagers:

In English: 

In Spanish: 

In Amharic: 

Hesperian two pager:

In English: 

In Spanish: 

Local food access:

Free meals for youth: 

Social media: 

Important thread re: Coronavirus response/fallout in Italy: 

Covid tracking: 

Covid mutual aid IG: 


Ward 1 relief & education: 

Peace House DC, providing mutual aid to Ward 7: 

Black Swan Academy, youth organizers providing mutual aid to students East of the River: 

Volunteer forms:

Essential items:

Non-perishable/long lasting food list:

  • Foods that require no refrigeration, cooking or little water
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried fruit, nuts
  • Crackers
  • Canned juices
  • Gatorade / electrolytes

Hygiene items:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Homemade hand sanitizer:
  • Lysol
  • Soap
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Hand wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth brushes
  • Mouth wash
  • Disposable gloves