Community Organizing in Action: Central Valley Mutual Aid and Collective Care Network

“Upon returning home [due to COVID-19] I was immediately reminded of the lack of support, resources, and specifically mutual aid and collective care efforts occurring in my town and community. This is a theme across the Central Valley of CA, specifically the San Joaquin Valley. I reached out to organizers I’m acquainted with, and over the past few weeks have been working diligently with a collective of amazing community members, advocates, and just all-around powerful and inspiring humans to begin a relief fund to support folks during this pandemic and beyond.

The Central Valley Mutual Aid and Collective Care Network is a grassroots collective building resilience and power in our beloved Central Valley. We formed in March 2020 to address the emerging needs of our most vulnerable local community members. We represent the eight San Joaquin Valley counties and many of us are from organizations that work with low-income communities, undocumented individuals and families, workers, LGBTQ+, and communities of color. We center displaced Black, brown, indigenous, disabled, migrant, and LGBTQ+ in our efforts and the unincorporated areas of the San Joaquin Valley through an intentional and intergenerational approach.

We have launched our relief fund and are now taking applications for aid, as well as asking for volunteers to support in any capacity. Our communities have really come through, whether it be organizations, individuals, and other partners who share this love for the Central Valley” – Desmarie Jackson (they/he), Girls Group Mentorship Program Director

To donate time or resources, or to apply for aid, visit: centralvalleymutualaid.org