North Valley Mutual Aid Herbalists are asking for your support to provide medicine to the people.
WHAT WE DO:
This is medicine for the people, by the people. We are providing free medicine distribution and education efforts for the Butte County community.
-- Collect financial & herbal donations of medicine and supplies from local& regional herbalists and herb companies
-- Distribute free medicine (at the Walmart camp, to those impacted by the fire, to those being of service to take care of themselves, to those in need)
-- Educate and advocate for herbal medicine to dismantle systems of oppression and empower individuals to utilize medicine in their own lives
-- Hold table presence at the shelters and tent cities to distribute herbal remedies and educate people on how to use the medicine
-- Give medicine directly to those who lost their homes in the fire
-- Hold an educational medicine making workshop where people can take home herbal remedies they made for themselves
-- Reuse bottles for lowered economic and environmental impact
WHAT WE NEED:
We need your support to sustain this effort long-term. The initial flood of donations has been amazing to get us going, and the purpose of this gofundme is to ensure we will have resources to sustain our efforts for at least a few more months.
BREAKDOWN OF HOW DONATIONS WILL BE SPENT:
100% of what we get goes on the people in need.
We have been getting lots of donations of pre-made medicines and bulk herbs, as well as some bottles and basic supplies. We will need to buy more bottles, alcohol, vinegar, oils, containers, labels, cups, and some more herbs.
Right now, we are working out of a donated space and home kitchens, but we would like to establish an affordable & secure place for long-term medicine making.
In the aftermath of the most devastating wildfire in California history right in our backyard, we recognize the need for community resiliency. We see herbal medicine distribution and education as a long-term project to rebuild the health of our community dealing with respiratory, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. We also recognize that the crisis of poverty and houselessness has been pre-existing in our community and do not draw a line in the herbal aid being offered.
We recognize the need for education as a tool for dismantling systems of privilege by enabling self-empowerment. This crisis hit the most vulnerable members of our community the hardest, and we acknowledge the disparity of power in our outreach efforts.
We created a page with more information on a local apothecary's website. See an updated list of who has donated and what we need on their website. https://www.theelderberryapothecary.org/blog/2018/11/28/butte-county-fire-relief-effort-north-valley-mutual-aid-herbalists