Community Aid Fund for our 2SLGBTQ, Racialized, and Otherwise Marginalized Neighbours
Hello friends, neighbours, allies!
We hope you are keeping well in these unprecedented and trying times. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our community at an already difficult time.
Having just emerged from an unprecedented storm and state of emergency, many of us have had no breathing room between crises to get back on our feet.
We need each other now more than ever. The only way through this mess is together. Solidarity is critical.
The Social Justice Co-operative, Neighbouring.org, and a coalition of allies have been working together to build capacity for Mutual Aid within St. John’s and beyond.
Support pods are being set up for both geographical neighbourhoods, and non-geographically for marginalized and vulnerable communities.
The first non-geographical pod has been set up to support the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Folks in our community are disproportionately likely to be lacking family support, living in precarious conditions, facing discrimination surrounding employment, etc.
Sometimes when our neighbours reach out for help, they can pay for their needs to be met. In this case, volunteers help with pick up & delivery.
Sometimes our neighbours can’t pay to have their needs met - but their needs are no less essential. 2SLGBTQ+ folks are likelier than average to be facing financial precarity. We want to be able to respond, whether or not someone is in a position to reimburse us.
But, we don’t want volunteers to end up in a position where they’re torn over whether or not they can personally afford to absorb the cost of fulfilling a request for help.
So, we are starting a Community Aid Fund to help us provide support in situations where no one involved has the capacity to absorb the costs.
Right now, the fund will be used by the 2SLGBTQ+ support pod. As other non-geographical support pods are built to reach racialized and otherwise marginalized groups, funds will be shared among non-geographical pods supporting marginalized groups. These communities tend to face disproportionate resource scarcity and are most often missed by existing support programs.
If you have the capacity to give, we humbly request your support in our efforts to show up for our most vulnerable neighbours. It’s a difficult time for everyone, and we are so grateful for whatever you can offer -- whenever you can offer it. And please make sure to reach out when you need a hand too. We've set a goal for a bit of fun, as a starting point, but we'll keep going!
Here’s to taking care of one another amidst and beyond the pandemic!
All our love & solidarity to you and yours,
2SLGBTQ Neighbouring Pod 2020, The Social Justice Cooperative, and the team @ Neighbouring.org