How you can help community members in need.
While we’re all going to feel the effects of the pandemic, it’s going to be hardest for our most vulnerable neighbors. As Alissa Walker from Curbed writes, “What we should be doing now is opening our front doors to take stock of our communities.” Here are some ways you can support community members in need during this difficult time.
- Volunteer with Food for Free to ensure that everyone is fed, especially students who typically rely on school meals.
- Volunteer at the Cambridge Community Center’s Food and Supply Pantry.
- Volunteer virtually with Building Impact.
- Work with a small business that needs support.
- Volunteer with the Cambridge Bicycle Safety Emergency Delivery Service.
- Check out more volunteer opportunities at the Cambridge Volunteer Clearinghouse website.
- Donate to Cambridge Local First and support their advocacy for Cambridge’s local businesses.
- Donate to Y2Y so they can continue to provide beds for young people experiencing homelessness.
- Support the Material Aid and Advocacy Program (MAAP) by donating to their emergency fundraiser or providing items on their Urgent Needs list or Amazon Wishlist.
- Donate to the Boston Main Streets Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.
- Support the Somerville Food Security Coalition.
- Give a local service industry worker a tip using the Cambridge Virtual Tip Jar.
- Donate to Feed our Frontline Cambridge.
- Support the baristas of Café Zing. the independent coffee shop inside Porter Square Books.
- Donate to the Cambridge Artist Relief Fund.
- Donate to Central Square BID’s Creativity & Learning Kit Supply Drive.
- Help keep Scout Magazines publishing.
Join a Mutual Aid network
In uncertain times, it’s especially important to create and maintain neighbor-to-neighbor networks of care. Find and join a mutual aid network in your area.
Advocate for policy
Be an advocate for local, state, and federal policies that will help your community recover from the pandemic. CultureHouse recently joined with our friends at Cambridge Local First in support of five steps to save local business. You can learn more and sign the petition yourself here.
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