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 65k and fulfilled over 400 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 contribute to our mutual aid fund.
We also have a linktr.ee for quick access to all of our links.
Join a working group!
Anyone can join our three growing working groups:
1) Financial team: Manage venmo, paypal, cashapp to fulfill financial requests. Communicate with those requesting financial assistance; refer to external resources if needed. Work to fundraise using creative methods. Maintain public-facing spreadsheets and records.
2) E-List: Communicate with the Financial team and post requests that cannot be fulfilled by the financial team in emergency situations to Facebook. Call those who have marked that they would like to receive a follow-up call on the financial request form to check-in and refer to external resources.
3) Community Building (Project Lets & Basic Needs Center): Project Lets: engage in discussion surrounding non-carceral, abolitionist and peer-based strategies to support mental health. Basic Needs Center: organize a hub for political education & basic food and hygiene needs on campus.
Generally, the Community Building working group does the following: 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. Work to build relationships with other community organizations. Establish trust among members.