CONNECT

The uncertainty of the current public health crisis is a source of anxiety, particularly for the most vulnerable among us. Knowing where to find assistance and information can help to ease some of that anxiety. It is important for our community to work together and share resources. If you are able to offer aid, we can connect you to people in need. If you need assistance, we can help you find it.

Please fill out this form to offer help or to request it.

https://forms.gle/cZXFCwAuZmW5npYJA

Contact us at mutualaidntx@gmail.com

CHIP IN

Have PayPal? You can make a quick contribution to the money pool: https://paypal.me/pools/c/8pBwJKZljR

Want to send us a few bucks? Cash App $ntxmutualaid or Venmo @ntxmutualaid and put NTX Mutual Aid in the message

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

The current pandemic is causing a lot of uncertainty combined with economic and resource hardship. People are having to access resources that they have never had to access before. The state and the economy are letting us all down.

What we are doing is simple: creating connections between people with resources to share and people that need them. When it comes to money, we connect people who have money to offer with those who need it. When it comes to errands, we are doing the same with people who are able to get around and those who aren’t as able.

Right now there are a lot of charities offering tangible goods like food and health supplies, but not very many places that can offer funds. Money itself can be scarce and it’s complicated to get money through larger organizations that have strings attached or do means testing. We think those things create a high barrier for people who might need money the most.

MUTUAL AID

The difference between mutual aid and charity is simple. Mutual aid is direct, neighbor-to-neighbor rather than having a large organization as a barrier between people who have things to offer and people who have things they need. It is based on the equality of giving and receiving and recognizes that everyone at some point is able to offer help of some kind and will need to receive it. In order to thrive, we have to share what we have with each other.

SPREAD THE WORD

Help spread the word about North Texas Mutual Aid by sharing information about us on social media. Here are a few ideas for posts:

Facebook:
Hi! I recently contributed to a mutual aid project that connects people who need money because of the outbreak with people who have money to share. They are connecting people directly with no means testing rather than go through an outside group. If you’re willing to share funds and you have access to payment apps (PayPal, Cash App, Venmo, Zelle), please fill out the form on https://ntxmutualaid.org

Giving to charity is wonderful, but straight cash is something people desperately need and that’s almost impossible to get with no means testing right now. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Twitter:
The COVID pandemic has affected the most vulnerable people the most. North Texas Mutual Aid is a project I contributed to that helps connect people who can spare money to people who need it. If you can, please consider helping out. https://ntxmutualaid.org

Instagram:

Use this image and the text from the Twitter suggestion above.

GET INFORMATION

During a crisis, information is crucial. Knowing how to keep you and your loved ones safe, and making sure that everyone’s basic needs are met are a priority. Following is a list of resources you can access for help and advice; the list will be updated regularly.

Texans can dial 2-1-1 and use option 6 for information on COVID-19 and local community resources for health care, utilities, food, housing, and more.

AFL-CIO Unemployment Guide: Coronavirus and unemployment insurance, what every Texan needs to know

Disaster Unemployment Assistance: In order to qualify for this benefit your employment or self-employment must have been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States. You must have been determined not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits (under any state or Federal law).

Freelancers Union Relief Information: On March 27, an emergency relief bill now known as the CARES Act became law to help bolster the U.S. economy as the country battles the coronavirus. The new law covers a broad cross-section of the economy — including the freelance sector.

Texas Tribune Article on Testing: Even as demand for testing has increased, public and federal labs continue to prioritize Texans who meet certain criteria.

Texas Department of Insurance: This page provides information for stakeholders in the Texas Workers’ Compensation system as it relates to coronavirus (COVID-19).

NEEDS

This is a list of current requested amounts. The green cells at the bottom are the amounts we’ve been able to fulfill.

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