Welcome to Mutual Aid Beacon
Welcome to the Mutual Aid Beacon (MAB) network! In these fast moving and uncertain times, it’s important that we show up for each other and remember that we are not alone.
Mutual aid is a powerful way to build strong connections- we all have something to offer and we all have something we need. This group is still building out infrastructure, but here’s what we have so far:
Offers of Support
The info you provide will be directly uploaded into a public non-editable “offerings” spreadsheet that others can view and reach out to you directly for support. If you have a need that appears on this sheet, go ahead and reach out to the person listed. If you appear on the sheet and need to be edited, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to cross out your name so that you aren’t receiving more asks.
Requests for Support
If you are looking for support, we will have a form available soon that you can use to request what you need. There is no ask that is too big, and no one will ever be shamed for asking for what they need. You can also text us at 845-206-9836 or email us at email@example.com with your request and we can add it to the sheet for you.
Pods are hyperlocal text message groups or phone trees of you and your neighbors. Since not everyone has access to online communication or will ever see these google docs, neighborhood pods are how we reach more people. We are asking for folks to sign up as Neighborhood Point People, where you’d take on the responsibility of reaching out to your neighbors, moderating a neighborhood group chat or phone tree (on whatsapp or another communication tool), and staying in touch with the other point people for resource sharing. If you have the capacity to take on this role, please let us know ASAP by filling out the survey and we’ll set you up with a toolkit (based on the one created by our friends at Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville) of how to get started.
Help Us Build
We are looking for support: these documents were put together in a few hours by some friends and we definitely need help from more people to get this thing going on the scale that we need. Here are some roles that need to be filled: