AMAN is a community-based grassroots network that formed in response to COVID-19 and has over 700 volunteers able to assist in providing mutual aid to the surrounding community. It’s neighbors helping neighbors. Neighbors get help. Neighbors give help.
Mutual aid is about solidarity, not charity. It recognizes that our own well-being, health and dignity is interconnected with the well-being, health and dignity of our community members. Mutual aid connects community members to provide material support and build trust based on common interest. The vision for AMAN is to leave this crisis better prepared, more closely connected (individually and collectively), and more committed to taking care of each other going forward.
AMAN is entirely volunteer run, and includes anyone who wants to participate. The network has working groups consisting of highly engaged volunteers who oversee food delivery, elderly support, IT support, communications, immigrant needs, housing issues, and more. We also closely partner with various community organizations such as Astoria Food Pantry, Free Store Astoria, and The Rolling Library.
There are lots of ways to get involved!
If you want to volunteer, go to https://www.astoriamutualaid.com/volunteer and complete the volunteer sign up form. You’ll see the different kinds of general opportunities you can sign up for.
If you’d like to donate funds, go to https://ioby.org/project/astoria-mutual-aid-network-fundIoby is AMAN’s fiscal sponsor, which means any donations are tax-deductible.
If you’d like to donate items like diapers, PPE, or other supplies, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to partner on a project or collaborate in some way, please email astoriamutualaid.com.
Once you sign up to volunteer via our website, you will get a welcome email which lets you know how to join our Slack channel, our WhatsApp groups, and you’ll be signed up to get our newsletter that is created by our communications team.
First, we have some basic intake questions we ask each volunteer when they sign up so that they understand the safety and health protocols we follow for things like deliveries. We also have a set of community guidelines that were generated so that it’s clear that our aim is to build a network that is inclusive, respectful, harassment free, and working to put the needs of the community first.