In these fast-moving and uncertain times, it’s important that we show up for each other and remember that we are not alone. We are setting this up based on the efforts of Somerville/Medford and Jamaica Plain’s mutual aid groups.
The Coronavirus pandemic is rapidly changing the way society functions. In order to mitigate the spread of the disease, people are practicing social distancing. This slows down the rate of infection enough to both lower the ultimate number of people infected, and spread those infections out over many months to ensure adequate care as the healthcare system becomes overwhelmed. However, neighbors need to help neighbors right now, and this is especially true for vulnerable populations such as the elderly or immunocompromised. People may need help obtaining groceries or remote support. Most importantly, they will know they are not alone. The Neighborhood Aid Network has one simple goal: To provide a platform for volunteers to coordinate care on a neighborhood basis.
In the last few months this network has helped uplift neighbors through remote connection, grocery shopping and delivery, and other forms of solidarity. We have raised more than $150,000 for the greater community which has funded emergency microgrants and critical grocery deliveries. As of September 2021, we no longer have funds available for redistribution but are available to help connect to external community resources.
Please note this is the mutual aid group for Cambridge, MA, USA.
COVID-19 Testing + Flu Vaccines
Starting Thursday, October 15, people in Cambridge can get a free flu shot. Locations available across Cambridge. Details and appointments available here.
Cambridge offers free COVID testing across the City. Details and appointments available here.
If you are feeling symptomatic and feel the need to get tested sooner, you can call your primary care provider to make an appointment to be tested.
The most current state, national, and international information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) websites.
The State of Massachusetts launched a website for updates here. You can dial 2-11 in Massachusetts for non-emergency assistance including information about testing.