Duke Mutual Aid

Welcome to the Duke Mutual Aid Community Fund, a mutual aid network formed out of the COVID-19 crisis for the Duke/Durham community.

Our Story

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Duke/Durham community members were in-need of financial assistance for housing, transportation, and food. Duke students (and later, workers) responded by fostering a community network through the creation of a mutual aid fund and E-list to connect folks to their needs.

We plan on continuing this work in the long-term. So far, we have raised over 25k and fulfilled over 150 requests. We’ve built relationships with the Durham community and are working to establish principles and guidelines that drive our work.

To make this process sustainable and continue to show solidarity with Duke/Durham, Duke Mutual Aid has taken on a fiscal sponsorship from Durham Congregations in Action, where you can donate to our mutual aid fund.

Join a working group!

Anyone can join our three growing working groups:

1) Financial team: Manage venmo, paypal, cashapp to fulfill financial requests. Maintain public-facing spreadsheets and records.

2) E-List: Manage non-monetary needs. Communicate with Financial team and post requests that exceed 300 in emergency situations to Facebook. Advocate for and compile resources for housing justice.

3) Community Building: Focus on community outreach and centering anti-racist education and BIPoC work. Engage in conversations about power dynamics and solicit feedback in a non-invasive way; Plan and host community care calls. Follow up with those who have given aid to establish trust/community. Establish trust among members.

Email us at dma@dcia.org or contact us through FB or IG to join!

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