Thank you for your generous support of and engagement with Mutual Aid Tompkins’ Immediate Needs Team efforts over the past six months! We were able to distribute everything contributed thanks to the help of a small team of dedicated dispatchers.
Immediate Needs Team efforts -- in which volunteer dispatchers distribute cash aid and connect neighbors in need to other community resources -- will be on pause while we work to create a more sustainable system for neighbors to directly support their neighbors in a way that doesn’t require an intermediary. We’ll keep you posted!
In the meantime, if you are looking for support, please consider reaching out to the following local agencies or networks:
- 211, which can direct you to various agencies: https://hsctc.org/211tompkins/
- Advocacy Center of Tompkins County, for response to domestic or sexual violence (607-277-5000, 24/7 and confidential): https://www.actompkins.org/
- Catholic Charities, providing emergency assistance, school supplies, and personal care supplies (607-272-5062): https://www.catholiccharitiestt.org/
- The Mutual Aid Tompkins Immediate Needs Facebook group, to ask neighbors for support in meeting your needs: https://www.facebook.com/groups/541333123157147
- Robin Fund, for a one-time payment to meet immediate household needs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_DtTSrycwvFR4dRip1E41YunNq_ECOKTnjZfDtH2a-E
- Find other resources on the Mutual Aid Tompkins website: https://mutualaidtompkins.com/local-resources
If you are looking to become more involved in the community, here are some additional ideas:
- Join the Immediate Needs Facebook group and respond to community members’ requests for aid
- Donate funds to and support organizations like the Advocacy Center, Multicultural Resource Center, Southside Community Center, and No Mas Lagrimas
- Donate food to our neighborhood food cabinets or volunteer with organizations like Loaves and Fishes and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier
- Join communities like the Ithaca Tenants Union and Tompkins County Showing Up for Racial Justice
- Get involved in the upcoming election by becoming a poll worker