We’ve been beyond inspired by all the amazing people and organizations stepping up to help out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Around the country, communities are finding ways to show their commitment to the health of this and future generations, while also staying safe, staying home, and following the CDC’s guidelines for How to Protect Yourself. Now more than ever, we should remember that we’re all in this together, and celebrate and strengthen our local communities today and for generations to come.
When it comes to finding your own ways to help, Seventh Generation strongly supports the practice of Mutual Aid. But first, what is Mutual Aid? Good question.
Mutual Aid means local, people-powered, community-based networks that are coming together to meet each other’s mutual needs, and to help people in the community stay safe and healthy. Mutual Aid supports different levels of involvement, so you can plug in a lot or a little depending on your capacity.
To learn more, Mutual Aid U.S.A can help you find and create Mutual Aid groups in your area. They are also there to help those who are in need of aid, and their website contains invaluable resources on how to request and access different forms of support, from medical to emotional, that can make a huge difference right now.
Additionally, activist Mariame Kaba and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes have teamed up to build a #WeGoTourBlock Toolkit with step-by-step instructions for kickstarting your own Mutual Aid “pod.”
We feel it’s also important to mention that while Mutual Aid is helpful and giving in nature, it is built upon promoting solidarity, strengthening community, and empowering people—not about charity. We’re all connected in ways big and small, and we’ll get farther faster by lifting each other up and working together as we unite for the benefit of this and future generations.
Here are some other ways to support your local community during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Stay Home—We know you’ve heard it, but a reminder never hurts! The CDC recommends avoiding groups of people as much as possible and keeping a safe distance from others to help prevent the spread of illness in your area.
- Support Local Business—When you can, try to support the many local businesses in your area who are no doubt struggling right now and play such a vital role in our communities. Many stores are getting creative to help consumers support them. Even buying a gift card for down the road can be enormously helpful.
- Connect with Neighbors & Loved Ones—Many of us are feeling isolated right now, and a phone call, e-card, or video check in can mean the world.
- Donate—If you have extra resources, consider making a donation to the vulnerable and marginalized people in your community who are first and worst affected during times of crisis. Feeding America has over 200 food banks and 600 food pantries to help families in need.
We stand with you and your community in solidarity for the health and wellbeing of this and future generations.
On a mission to create a more healthy, sustainable, and equitable world for the next seven generations and beyond.