Mutual Aid Fund
As part of our mutual aid efforts, we are collecting monetary aid from those among us who have more than enough resources, and redistributing money to those of us who will struggle to make ends meet due to impacts from COVID-19. To learn more about receiving financial support see below.
For those who have the means to contribute, your financial contribution is crucial in helping us to meet the immediate needs of the most vulnerable members of our communities. To learn more about redistributing resources read our giving guidelines, and to make a contribution click here.
We thank you in advance for participating in supporting the principles of mutual aid.
For those Seeking Support
To request financial support please fill out an application below! At this moment, mutual aid volunteers are catching up on payments from the month of May and the wait time for new applications is at least 4 weeks. You are welcome to continue to apply and your application will be added to the line.
Aplicar a nuestro fondo comunitario de ayuda mutua.
Fill out our mutual aid fund application to be considered.
Inscrever no nosso fundo de ajuda mútua da comunidade
Need help applying? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the PVWC Hotline at (413) 351-2300.
Contribute to the Mutual Aid Fund
How Will Funds be Distributed?
The following plan was inspired by Amita Swadhin’s GoFundMe fundraiser for LGBTQIA + BIPOC folks.
- We know that the United States government’s response to COVID-19 has only deepened pre-existing hierarchies that make people vulnerable to undue hardship and premature death
- We want to avoid parsing through people’s narratives and deciding whose needs are more important than others. We trust that people who apply for financial assistance need it.
Round 1: we will redistribute $50 to every person, or $100 to every family, who will struggle to make ends meet this month. While we hope to be able to fulfill all requests, we will prioritize applicants who are (in no particular order):
• Single Parents
• Sex Workers
• Chronically Ill
• On the cusp of losing housing
• Food insecure
• People of Color
• Formerly Incarcerated
We will move people who live at the intersections of these identities or experiences to the front of the line, then respond to people who have any of these identities or experiences, then respond to all others in the order in which they applied.
At this moment we are only able to fulfill payments of $50 to each individual and $100 to each family. If we are able to make Round 2 payments in the future where we meet a larger portion of requests we will make that widely known.
People requesting support are welcome to apply once per month. At this moment we do not have sufficient funds to make more than one payment per family. We are working on additional funding and we will update our distribution process if our capacity changes.