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Because We're Better Together

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WHO ARE WE?

We are a solidarity network of community members and organizations working together in Richmond, Virginia to help each other.


Mutual Aid Distribution Richmond (MAD RVA) or Richmond Mutual Aid aims to create a support system in response to COVID-19 and the effects it has had on Richmonders, including supply shortage, job losses, and long-term quarantine. We operate collectively and primarily work to redistribute food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and other vital goods. We also have a mini-grants program and are developing other supports, forming partnerships across community, and demanding policy shifts towards equity and social justice while navigating the undetermined timeline of effects on our community.


Use this site to become a part of the network: receive supplies and financial support, offer your goods and services, donate needed items and funds, and dedicate your time to community mutual aid.

With love and solidarity, MAD RVA.

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REQUEST, DONATE, 

OR JOIN US

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REQUEST SUPPLIES OR

A MINI-GRANT

MAD RVA is not currently taking requests for delivery of supplies and food, but will resume deliveries in the future. Please come see us at Meadowbridge Community Market instead! Meadowbridge Community Market is a free grocery and supply store located in Northside. It is a place for all people, because everyone deserves free and easy access to food and other basic needs. We do not require any identification, proof of income, or personal information for someone to be able to shop. We encourage folks to take only what they need from the store and share what they have with others when they can. Please see below for hours and address. We have also developed this food and clothing resource list for folks to find other help in Richmond: bit.ly/mad-food-resource-listFeel free to send us an email with any questions at richmondmutualaid@protonmail.com.

Meadowbridge Community Market is open on Saturdays from 10AM to 4PM! We are closed on Tuesdays now for the foreseeable future due to lack of funds, but aim to open on Tuesdays again once we raise more money. We will be closed on 9/2 as well. 

Address: 3613 Meadowbridge Road

MAD RVA also offers direct financial assistance through our mini-grants program.

Mini-grants are $200 and can be used for anything. We prioritize marginalized and vulnerable groups. Each person is eligible for two grants per year. Applications are accepted on the set dates below and will close once we reach 50 applications. The link to the application is below or if you'd like to fill out an application on the phone or have any questions, call or text 804-362-0624 and a volunteer will get in touch with you. Filling out an application does not automatically mean it is approved. Please expect to be contacted about approval. If you are approved, the mini-grant will take up to 5 weeks to send. We offer mailed checks, cash delivery, or payment via Venmo. Any application received after that months cycle and before the new cycle opens will not be considered.


2023 Mini-Grant Open Application Dates:

April 14th

May 14th

July 14th

August 14th

October 14th

November 14th

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DONATE SUPPLIES OR FUNDS

We operate our services through community connection and support. If you have resources to give your neighbors, you can donate vital supplies currently needed or give funds to help us get those things. Please review the list of items we are accepting and info on how to donate items below. We are also raising funds to ensure our sustainability and encourage folks to become monthly sustainers if they are able to. See below for ways to donate funds!

SUPPLY WISH LIST

Please note! All items must be new or unused. We do not accept clothing donations or any item not listed here. We do not accept cloth or surgical masks as they are not as effective.

CONSISTENT NEEDS:

Clean paper bags

NON-PERISHABLE FOOD:

Cans: fruits, meats, vegetables, beans, soups, pastas, chilis
Dry goods: rice, beans, pasta, flour, sugar
Snacks: granola/chewy bars, applesauce, chips, popcorn, cookies, nuts, etc.
Pantry staples: cooking oil, spices, condiments, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, oatmeal, cereal, juice, ramen, pasta/rice sides, boxed mac and cheese, mashed potatoes

PERISHABLE FOOD:

Produce: any! potatoes, onions, carrots, apples, oranges, and other fruits are extra helpful
Dairy: cheese, milk, eggs, butter, yogurt 
Meats: any! bacon, hotdogs, sliced deli meat, ground turkey, ground beef, and chicken products are extra helpful

Plant-based alternatives: soy or nut milk, tofu, tempeh, vegan cheese, etc.

Frozen foods: any! frozen meats and meals are extra helpful

CLEANING:

All-purpose cleaning spray, disinfectant wipes, dish soap, hand soap, sponges, bleach, kitchen trash bags, paper towels, laundry pods or liquid detergent, dishwasher pods

HYGIENE:

Shampoo, conditioner, body wash (liquid or bar), body lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes for kids and adults, mouthwash, deodorant, toilet paper (individually wrapped preferred), menstrual products, adult diapers and bladder control pads

FIRST AID & PPE:

First aid kits or wound care items (bandages, dressings, alcohol wipes, rubbing alcohol, ointments), OTC pain relievers and cold/flu medicine, N95/KN95/KF94 masks for adults and kids, hand sanitizer, rapid COVID tests

BABY:

diapers and pull ups, wipes, formula, hygiene items (shampoo, body wash, lotion, oil, powder, cream), bottles and nipples 

SUPPLY DROP-OFF INFO

Material donations will be accepted at our backyard gate during store open hours and by appointment via email. Please wear a mask when dropping off donations. All items will be inspected by our volunteers first, no junk or trash please! Do not leave any donations outside of the building - this creates extra work that we don't have the capacity for. Check our Instagram story (@mad_rva) or send us an email for any updates.

BUILDING ADDRESS:

3613 Meadowbridge Road

DONATION HOURS:

Saturdays 10am-4pm

Or by appointment via email!

DONATE $$$

Venmo - @RichmondMutualAid

Paypal - /RichmondMutualAid

BECOME A MONTHLY SUSTAINER:

Meadowbridge Community Market: Givebutter - /MeadowbridgeCommunityMarket

Mini-grants: Patreon - /RvaMiniGrants

You can also donate funds using a credit or debit card by clicking the link below:

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JOIN THE COMMUNITY

MAD RVA runs on the work of community members acting in solidarity with each other. Roles may include helping at the store during open hours, shopping for items, stocking items, driving deliveries, and cleaning the space. We also need people with skills of all kinds; including graphic design, fundraising and grant writing, accounting, outreach, training, media and communications, and anything in between. Mutual aid is everyone together! We are currently finalizing a new onboarding process for folks to become involved with us. Fill out the volunteer interest form below to get started! We will reach out as soon as we can. Got questions? Email us at richmondmutualaid@protonmail.com

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RESOURCES

Links for further local involvement and information.

MUTUAL AID:

Mutual aid toolbox

The Resilience We Want

Caring Across Distance

A RENT STRIKE PETITION BY THE TENANTS UNION in RICHMOND, VA    


If you have questions about canceling your rent

COVID-19 tenant organizing guide

Communal living and COVID-Staythefuckhome movement

RICHMOND AND U.S. AID FOR YOU:


Resources for artists

Financial assistance

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks

Support for queer and trans folks

Financial assistance for Virginia workers

Sign up if you are an affected service worker in Richmond

Feedmore org that serves folks in Central VA

Sign up for a raised bed or to be connected to a community garden by Beautiful RVA

Mutual aid needs sign up by AVERT for Richmond VA

Request support if you are undocumented

HELP THESE FUNDS OUT:

GoFundMe to support Undocumented Families

Donate to Richmond restaurant workers fund

Donate to Richmond service workers fund

Donate to support Camp Cathy

Donate to COVID-19 emergency relief

Meal train for Jackson Ward Youth Peace Team

Mutual aid volunteer sign up by AVERT for Richmond, VA


HOW TO:

How to Make a Makeshift Mask

Make a DIY Facemask

Precautionary tips from China

How to take on and take off a mask

Donate, make or ask for masks

REPORT: !!!I can't get a test

How to support houseless folk

How to care for your mental health in uncertainty

Housemate contingency plan

How to make neighborhood pods

How to be a good employer

SAFE PRACTICES:

Safer drug use during COVID-19

For syringe services/harm redux workers

Sex work amidst COVID-19

SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK:

Justice collaborative emergency response for Prisons

Beyond Prisons - a short guide to care for prisoners

Beyond Burnout guide

Know your rights during COVID-19

LOCAL COUNSELING:

Resilience Counseling

EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION, MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING:


Protocols of delivering aid, disinfecting, dispatch etc. by Queercare

Coronavirus: Wisdom From a Social Justice Lens

Half-Assed Disabled Prepper Tips

Pod Mapping for Mutual Aid

The Cranky Queer: Guide to Chronic Illness

Preparation for and Dealing With COVIS-19

Mapping access in the times of COVID-19

COVID-19 Plan for Folks With Neuromuscular Disabilities

Do not take Ibuprofen- WHO

How to shop groceries safely

Tips for Managing Anxiety

Self care strategies

CDC Guide to Self Care

CDC Coping with COVID

Mental Health and COVID-19 - University of Nevada

Mental Health Considerations - World Health Organization

Guided Meditation and Mindfulness

Free mindfulness Apps

Digital Counseling Relaxation Room

Resource hub for COVID-19 by Equality Virginia

CALISTHETICS:


A Beginner's Guid to Calisthetics

7 Day Guide to Calisthetics


YOGA:


Free Yoga Videos
Do Yoga With Me

HOME WORK OUTS:


Free Gym Workouts

TIPS TO WORK FROM HOME:

5 Tips for Working From Home

ADHD Specific Tips for Working From Home

Twitter Tips for Working From Home With ADHD

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN:

Free Resources Online for Children

101 Things to do for Kids in Isolation

Fun Things to do With Kids at Home

Free Printable Autism Education Tips

Resources for parents

Homeschool resources

HANGING OUT TOGETHER:

Host your own webinar!

Watch Videos Together in Real Time

Tips for virtual gathering

Unhangout- Open-source online platform for virtual gatherings

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CONTACT US

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