Request for Aid! Neighbors Helping Neighbors Des Moines Mutual Aid for folks Affected by COVID-19
Though COVID-19 is only just beginning to impact our community, many of our neighbors have already been affected. This means we need to show up for each other. Especially for those who are at great risk.
If you would like food or other supplies dropped off at your door, need prescriptions picked up, transportation assistance please use this form. If you would like to *volunteer* to help, please us this form:
How it works: When a request for aid is made we will go into our network of community members who have offered services ranging from delivering groceries/medicine, providing transportation assistance, donating money etc and we match the person who made the request with the people/people who can provide support.
The important disclaimer: We are simply neighbors helping neighbors. The aid provided comes from community support and solidarity thus we cannot guarantee to meet each request but we will be trying our best to do so. We are not funded, we are not a government or medical agency, we are simply neighbors connecting neighbors to neighbors who can help in good faith.
We are prioritizing those most vulnerable and affected by COVID-19 : the sick, disabled, quarantined without pay, those limited in work, undocumented, queer, Black, Indigenous, and or people of color.
We know that some of the most affected and most high risk people may not have access to the internet so please make sure to these point resources to those folks. We're depending on people to be good faith actors. Don't request help if you don't need it. Please, we are trying to help those who need it.
* This form is managed by Central Iowa DSA and was created on March 14th, 2020*
* For questions or concerns please email:
What is your name?
This does not need to be your legal name. Feel free to share your pronouns.
Where are you located?
We will need a specific address for deliveries.
How would you like to be contacted?
we will prefer to use text but feel free to also include email, phone, signal, facebook messenger, etc.
Has the COVID-19 (Corona virus) virus has affected you (directly or indirectly)? If yes, how?
Can you share some ways you identify yourself? i.e class, race, gender identity, (dis)ability etc
Please share your households working situation.
We would like to track how Des Moines workers are experiencing this pandemic, if they have time off, and if it is paid. This information will be kept anonymous.
Do you need Groceries picked up and delivered to your door? If yes, do you need assistance paying for your groceries? How much?
Please include any dietary restrictions, family size, and types of food or supplies. Items can be general like "milk" or specific like a "24 - pack of Always brand overnight menstrual pads with wings". *Delivery without judgement*
Do you need other deliveries such as prescription picks ups, errands, posting mail, etc.?
Do you need any translation support?
We will try to accommodate if English is not your primary language. We will not ask about documentation status and will help regardless.
What day and time do you need this by?
Do you have any other needs or requests?
We've had a number of one-off requests that we can support. There's no guarantee, but we will try to mobilize the community to assist.
We will be updating this form as needs in our community change. Please feel free to give us any feedback or ideas you don't see noted here.
We will try to let you know if we can meet your request within 48 hours.
Please note we're not doing direct cash transfers at this time in our fundraising but we will do what we can to find help. We will try to let you know if we can meet your request within 48 hours. We are simply neighbors helping neighbors. The aid provided comes from community support and solidarity thus we cannot guarantee to meet each request but we will be trying our best to do so. We are not funded, we are not a government or medical agency, we are simply neighbors connecting neighbors to neighbors who can help in good faith.This we aim to cultivate a politics of autonomy, solidarity, and mutual aid within a long-term, multi-generational horizon of decolonial, anti-capitalist, feminist, queer, and disability liberation. Close all prisons, juvies and detention centers now! " Solidarity.
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