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 @ gmail.om
We’re in a public health crisis and neighbors in Ridgewood, Queens and surrounding neighborhoods are coming together
WHAT IS THE RIDGEWOOD MUTUAL AID NETWORK?
TThe Ridgewood Mutual Aid Network (RMAN) was formed when organizers with the Ridgewood Tenants Union (RTU) put out a call for volunteers in the neighborhood to come together and support other neighbors in need during the COVID 19 pandemic. The Ridgewood Tenants Union is an anti-gentrification, independent and tenant-led housing rights group run by volunteers that was formed in 2014 to build tenant power and fight displacement in a neighborhood long controlled by homeowners and the politicians that advocate solely for them.
We put out that call on March 16. The weekend prior, five organizers with RTU met right before the city started to shut down to curb the spread of COVID 19. We already knew that the local government would not provide our community with the resources it would need to ride out what we were about to experience. Mutual aid has always been at the very foundation of our work and since March 16 the Ridgewood Mutual Aid Network has been working hard to provide community members in Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale with needed support.
A SNAPSHOT OF WORK MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH PEOPLE POWER:
- A total of 394 families have been supported with our grocery deliveries since March 16
- These families also received referrals to legal services, information about their tenant rights and referrals to apply for government benefits if eligible
- Families who have requested support have also been invited to our monthly tenant assemblies and are being engaged in our organizing work
- 70 families received grocery deliveries through three coordinated deliveries of bulk food donations RMAN received–this means a total of 464 families received support
- We continue to actively fundraise and are close to reaching our current goal of $45,000 to keep us running for the next month, but so far the support we have been able to provide families in our community has only been made possible through the generous donations we’ve received of $38,780.68 as of June 30th
- RMAN/RTU members helped organize the first ever march in Ridgewood against police violence and are working on engaging members of our communities on creating alternatives to the police
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 our volunteer form to join us. Once you have agreed to adhere to safety protocols and fill out the form, you will receive a link to our welcome guide that provides informatio on how to get invovled. The form can be found here:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 April 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.