Mutual Aid / Ayuda Mutua

If you’re in need of support, text “I need support” to (929) 251 – 5044 or e-mail ridgewoodmutualaidnetwork @ gmail.com
Si necesita apoyo, mande un mensaje de texto con “necesito apoyo” al (929) 251-5044 o un correo electronico a ridgewoodmutualaidnetwork @ mail.com

We’re in a public health crisis and neighbors in Ridgewood, Queens and surrounding neighborhoods are coming together

On Monday, March 16 we placed a call for members in our community who wanted to come together to build up a mutual aid network in Ridgweood. We are in the process of creating that infrastructure. We know that mutual aid is not about charity, but about providing support to one another while working to build the community we envision living in and demanding those in power provide everyone with the resources they need to live with dignity.

Donate what you can to support our efforts

We’ve started an online crowdfunding campaign: https://chuffed.org/project/ridgewoodmutualaidnetwork

We’re raising funds to prepare for the coming weeks and months. The novel coronavirus has created a public health crisis that has left many living in uncertainty and it is scary and many of our neighbors will be left unable to meet their needs as days pass. The funds raised from this campaign will be put to good use by supporting those neighbors that are in need of resources and also to help with the purchase of safety materials that will help make our mutual aid possible.

Be a part of the Ridgewood Mutual Aid Network

Please fill out this volunteer form: https://forms.gle/UTfh73Kvbg21thCR7

We’re developing our infrastructure and we anticipate we’ll be living in times of uncertainty for weeks if not months to come. You can help by helping to coordinate or helping to fulfill requests. Send an e-mail to ridgewoodmutualaidnetwork@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Members must adhere to safety protocols while practicing mutual aid

Please read this page for our safety guidelines: Safety Practices for Mutual Aid

Help us spread the word

Help us distribute our flyers in a safe manner (please read our safety practices document): English/Spanish + English/Polish

How we communicate

The main ways we communicate are through Slack and Google Groups. You will be added after filling out our volunteer form.

Information for Tenants

For the most up to date information on the eviction moraturium and other news related to your housing rights, please check out the Right to Counsel Coalition page.

What is the Ridgewood Tenants Union (RTU) and mutual aid and what do these two things have to do with one another?  The Ridgewood Tenants Union is an all volunteer run and tenant-led anti-gentrification group that was formed in 2014.  We don’t have an office, we don’t receive any funding, and we don’t have non-profit status. Mutual aid is about our own resiliency and about putting the focus on the power of the collective as a whole and how powerful we can be together. It is not charity.  When we build up our collective power we are better positioned to fight back against developers pushing us out of our own neighborhood and we can work together on placing people over profit and make sure everyone has what they need.