DSA VC COVID-19 Mutual Aid Signup
Times that are potentially scary require us to better support one another. In the same way that we bring casseroles to grieving families and baby clothes to celebrate newborns, we can come together as a community to help each other through this difficult time. An essential part of stopping the spread of coronavirus from overwhelming our hospital systems is voluntary self-isolation (
). However, isolation can be difficult without the support of your neighbors. This form will help us provide support to each other!
Please make a check next to all potential supports that you have the capacity to provide. All offers of support will be kept confidential until a need arises. These are non-binding, but more to get a sense of the abundant resources we do have. At the end, please also tell us about potential situations where you might need assistance, so we can start to match up potential needs with potential offers.
At any time, if you need some support (whether or not you have coronavirus), please email
and describe the situation and need. We will happily organize support for your home. All requests for support will be kept confidential except to those providing support.
Our main ongoing projects as of September 2020 are food delivery in partnership with Local Love, and building of raised bed garden boxes to promote community food resilience.
The CDC recognizes community preparedness as an essential part of dealing with this outbreak:
Address or neighborhood (optional, but would be helpful)
Are you interested in serving as a "neighborhood pod captain" to coordinate work in your own immediate neighborhood?
Yes (be sure you've provided your address or neighborhood in the previous question!)
Email Address or Cell Phone Number or other electronic contact method
What time of day are you more generally available? (Please check all that apply)
I can provide the following supports: (Remember, this is non-binding. Please check all that apply)
Saturday food deliveries
Helping to physically build raised bed gardens at peoples' homes (socially distanced crews)
Access to a pickup truck or other vehicle that can haul large amounts of soil and lumber
Making doctors appointments, calling about medication refills, similar scheduling tasks
Running errands (picking up groceries, medications, etc.)
Signing people up for health insurance
Check in on elderly and/or disabled relatives nearby
Emotional support (e.g. talking over the phone with someone who's worried)
Spare bed or comfortable couch
Translation (Please list language under the "Other" option below)
De-escalation, conflict resolution, peace-building skills
Religious/Spiritual ministry (please list faith tradition below in the "Other" box)
I can help donate to a common resource fund
If you marked any meal prep options above, please list any particular cuisines that you are used to cooking (e.g. Somalian, Italian, Vegan)?
Are there any types of specialized meals for which your kitchen is particularly well suited (e.g. if your household doesn't use nuts, it would be a good pairing for a neighbor who has a nut allergy)?
Are there any other supports that you think we should offer that aren't on the list above?
Are there any supports that you've offered above for which you normally charge as part of your livelihood? Please list each one and your typical rate (while we want to offer these supports to each other for free, we also recognize the potential burden if this is a part of your livelihood, and we would like to make a plan to compensate you).
What are some potential needs that you may have that would make it difficult for you to isolate at home in case of coronavirus (e.g. lack of childcare, need for chronic disease medication, your work doesn't offer paid sick leave, you need regular deliveries due to a mobility disability, you have a personal care attendant for a disability who might also have specific needs as well, financial issues from loss of income, etc.)? What are some non-coronavirus related needs that you might have that currently make life difficult?
Are there other communities that you're connected to that would benefit from organizing some mutual assistance?
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