Community is a verb. As our friends and neighbors begin to experience the material and emotional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all must choose to take care of each other and ourselves.
The Salt Lake Valley COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group is a collective of orginizers formed to facilitate connections across the Salt Lake valley between individuals in need of support due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and individuals offering support to their community. We are working to provide assistance severely impacted by the virus by facilitating transport and provision of basic needs like groceries, prescriptions, and medical supplies. We are acting alongside those globally to show that our communities take care of each other and we also take care of ourselves. We need healing love and compassion for one another.
With the worsening of the COVID-19 outbreak in Salt Lake City, many vulnerable members of our community need to self-quarantine and avoid public places to reduce the risk of contracting the virus, creating barriers to basic needs. In addition, many basic medical supplies these populations rely on in everyday life are now scarce. We will prioritize the needs of those most vulnerable: people who are chronically ill and/or immunocompromised, undocumented, disabled, elderly, houseless, BIPOC, queer and trans, sex workers.
We are providing:
-Grocery, prescription and household supply deliveries. For those unable to afford groceries/supplies, we will cover the cost up to $50.
-Direct cash assistance (up to $50) for those in need.
-The Disability Rights Action Committee is facilitating medical supply donations and Mutual Aid volunteer safety training. Our volunteers are delivering these supplies from the DRAC office to those in need.
Let’s be clear, this is solidarity, not charity. The direct mutual aid caring work involved in these efforts requires material resources.
Where will the money from this fund go?
-We are funding up to $50 (per request) for grocery/supply home deliveries.
-We are directly giving cash support ($50 per request) to undocumented and precarious workers who are bearing the economic brunt of this crisis.
Who are we?
We are regular folks in Salt Lake Valley who have been active in various organizing campaigns, mutual aid work, and more importantly, in community with each other. This is a result of love for community. We are a collective of volunteers, not a non-profit. That means no overhead, every dollar is going towards groceries, supplies, and direct support.
Questions, updates or want to get involved?
Email: [email redacted]
Volunteer with us: If you have food or medical supplies to donate directly or are able to make deliveries, please contact us on Facebook or email.
About this Fundraising Campaign:
We are not a non-profit. In fact, 10 days ago, we did not exist. We are a collective of volunteers. As such every dollar raised goes to purchase food, supplies, and provide cash assistance to those in need. Since beginning this project, we have received over 270 requests for aid, and have completed over 160 of these requests, and have distributed more than $10k in emergency cash, groceries, and supplies.
Funds from this GoFundMe campaign will be withdrawn into an organizer's (Kelsey Eisenberg's) bank account that has been set up for the purpose of raising and distributing funds.
Funds are being distributed to purchase groceries and supplies and as direct cash support via cash, PayPal and Venmo. We trust our community members to ask for what they need and provide what they can.
If you need support please fill out our aid request form: Request Aid
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- Allison Berry
- Luca Terziotti