Most towns around Arlington also have Mutual Aid groups - self-organizing, indpendent volunteers helping neighbors out, either on a town/city-wide scale, or just a few blocks. Here’s a listing of all groups in neighboring towns to Arlington. Next door in Medford/Somerville, the MAMAS group has also drawn up an excellent categorized list of hundreds of aid links, both for volunteers and those in need.
Got questions about evictions, rent, worker’s rights, or the like? Check out the Mass Attorney General’s page, which has links to state law, legal help, and many legal updates due to Coronavirus shutdowns.
Nearby Mutual Aid Groups
- Belmont has the Belmont Helps volunteer needs matching group, as well as donation programs and mask-making. See also: Official Belmont Town Government Updates
- Medford / Somerville have an amazing MAMAS group (Google Docs) includes instructions on how to replicate their structure for other groups. Notes on how they map pods. See also: Official Medford City Government Updates, Official Somerville City Updates
- Lexingon has Welcome to Mutual Aid Lexington (Google Doc based on MAMAS) See also: Official Lexington Town Government Updates
- Waltham has Welcome to Mutual Aid Waltham (MAW) (Google Doc based on MAMAS) See also: Official Waltham City Government Updates
- Winchester I haven’t found a local group there yet See also: Official Winchester Town Government Updates
- Tufts University Students Mutual Aid (Facebook group)
- Cambridge Official City of Cambridge Government Updates
- Brookline Mutual Aid (Google doc)
- Allston / Brighton Mutual Aid (Google Doc)
- Charles River Mutual Aid (includes BU) (website)
- Mutual Aid JP & Roxbury (MAMAS style Google Docs)
- South Boston Mutual Aid (website with resources and needs matching)
For more eastern MA mutual aid finders, see below!
Mutual Aid Group Maps / Finders
- Massachusetts Local Resources
- Mass MEMA State Map of Resources - lists various resources across the state - you can submit missing resources.
- Massachusetts Jobs With Justice listing of Mutual Aid Groups
- Massachusetts Mutual Aid Networks (Google Sheet, listing MA sites)
- Boston COVID-19 Community Care (Google Sheet, listing MA groups, resources, advocacy, tips)
- US-wide Resources
- AARP’s supported Mutual Aid Group Finder
- Google Spreadsheet of various mutual aid groups across US.
- Another larger meta-list of groups
- COVID-19 Mutual Aid & Advocacy Resources is a meta-list of groups by state with resources for organizing
- Map of mutual aid groups in the US
Mutual Aid Group How-Tos And Resources
- Local MAMAS local group listing of tons of resources - from our neighbors in Medford & Somerville, helpful links to volunteer, request help, and share with neighbors.
- Comprehensive Database of Localized Resources During COVID 19 Outbreak - this is a mult-tab Google Spreadsheet with the largest list of links I’ve seen anywhere.
- Technical website tips for mutual aid groups
- Mutual Aid 101 #WeGotOurBlock comprehensive how-to guide, based on MAMAS Medford/Somerville guide
- Giant list of technology and organizing resources from the UK.
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