News and Updates

Resource Update 11/24

Rent Support

For rent assistance, there are two funds available to you:


1. Cambridge Housing Stabilization Grant. This program is run through the City of Cambridge. Families experiencing hardship as a result of COVID can apply online and find out more information (here). If you are unable to complete an application online, you can call 617-349-9797 and leave a voicemail with your name, address, and phone number. Someone will call you back within 3 business days to help complete an application over the phone.


2. Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT). Households are eligible for up to $4,000 per year for assistance with paying rent, keeping housing, or obtaining new housing through the State of Massachusetts. If you have financial needs apply for RAFT funds immediately.


Food Access


Here are additional resources for food support in Cambridge for the month of November:

  • An updated list of Cambridge free food pantries and supply pantries (toilet paper, paper goods) and resources available here. This link shares their addresses and days and hours for accessing each site.

  • Cambridge Food & Nutrition Services provides breakfast & lunch to feed Cambridge students every weekday from 12 - 1PM! Meals will be FREE for all Cambridge students. You can find the closest site to your house on this page. Or, if you share your address we can help you find the closest site! More details available here.

  • A group of volunteers throughout the area are cooking and delivering free lasagnas to families in need of some extra food support during this time. Families looking to receive a meal can sign-up here to have a lasagna delivered to you for free. The group is also looking for volunteers to cook and deliver meals -- more information and a sign-up form can be found here.

  • Cambridge residents who are over 60, immunocompromised, or have a disability and do not have a friend or relative that can go to a food pantry on their behalf, can apply for the Home Delivery Program (30-40 pounds of food delivered 2x/month). The application is available here, or you can request an application be mailed to you.

Utilities

For utility assistance, Cambridge also has a program to help pay for residential gas bills among individuals who have limited income. To participate in the Fuel Assistance Program, you can call 617-349-6252 and leave a message, and a staff person will return your call as soon as possible.


Holiday Present Support

East End House has a toy drive to provide toys for children of families who would otherwise have a difficult time purchasing toys for the holidays. The Adopt-a-Family program gives donors a wish list from each family member so the entire family can have a joyous holiday. For information on donating or filling out an application to receive holiday assistance, please contact Camille Imbimbo-Platt.


Health Insurance

Cambridge Health Alliance is a great hospital in Cambridge that has staff that can help with health insurance enrollment and inform about options for free or reduced health insurance through the State. Their number is 617-665-1100, and their flyer is available here.


Financial Counseling

The Cambridge Economic Opportunity Commission has IRS-certified staff and extensive experience supporting the community in navigating financial needs. Their contact page is available here.


Housing Stability

We're not lawyers, and we recommend the Greater Boston Legal Services who also have a Cambridge branch. They can be reached at (617) 603-1807 or https://www.gbls.org/ and they provide free legal counsel and there is no fee for obtaining their assistance.


Please know that RAFT funding ($4,000/household) is available to you. More information above in the "rent" section.


Additionally, here is some information about eviction we wanted to share:

  1. If you are being evicted, only a court order from a judge can evict you. Landlords cannot remove you from your home without a judge's order.

  2. While our state's eviction moratorium is expiring, there is still a CDC Federal Moratorium on evictions until the end of the year. This is being interpreted differently in different states and therefore we are unsure whether it’s a guarantee against eviction, but definitely apply for it -- it may be able to keep you in your house. Learn more about how to file for the Moratorium here.
    Unfortunately, landlords do try to evict people illegally all the time so if you have filled out the CDC form (above) and given it to your landlord, please contact Great Boston Legal Services immediately at (617) 603-1807 or
    https://www.gbls.org/. Greater Boston Legal Services provides free legal counsel and there is no fee for obtaining their assistance. You can also call the Boston Volunteer Lawyers Project and 617-423-0648. You should also report your landlord to the Attorney General's office where they could get a $100,000 fine. They have a special eviction hotline number at (617) 727-8400.

  3. Lastly, a very thorough list of resources for legal aid, financial aid and other forms of assistance can be found here [super useful list of hotlines, funding opportunities, and additional resources]


Resources Update 10/10

Dear Neighbors,

As we near almost 1,000 acts of solidarity to support one another, we want to say a big thank you to all who make this network possible! Here are some new opportunities, updates, and resources for the community:

Volunteers Needed: Fight Food Insecurity in Cambridge

  • PAGU restaurant and Project Restore Us has helped provide home delivery of more than 100,000 lbs. of groceries to families in the greater Boston area over the last few months. This week, they will begin grocery box deliveries to Cambridge Mutual Aid Network families facing food insecurity. Want to help deliver grocery boxes in a contactless way this Wednesday evening or in the future? All no-contact! If so, contact Marena at marena.lin@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed: Join the CMAN Assistance Team!

  • The Cambridge Mutual Aid Network is looking for volunteers to join a small team of coordinators who intake requests and liaise with individuals to coordinate support. This is a digitally-based role that can be done remotely! There is no set time commitment, but we would hope someone might be able to help with requests for 1 hour or so a few days a week. Please reach out to cambridgemutualaid@gmail.com to learn more if interested - we are here to assist anyone as they step into the role.

Need Food?

  • Updated list of Cambridge food pantries and resources available here.

  • Cambridge Food & Nutrition Services provides breakfast & lunch to feed Cambridge students every weekday from 12 - 1PM! Meals will be FREE for all Cambridge students. To find a site nearest you, click here. More details available here.

  • A group of volunteers throughout the area are cooking and delivering free lasagnas to families in need of some extra food support during this time. Families looking to receive a meal can sign-up here to have a lasagna delivered to you for free. The group is also looking for volunteers to cook and deliver meals -- more information and a sign up form can be found here.

  • Cambridge residents who are over 60, immunocompromised, or have a disability and do not have a friend or relative that can go to a food pantry on their behalf, can apply for the Home Delivery Program (30-40 pounds of food delivered 2x/month). The application is available here, or you can request an application be mailed to you.

Stay Healthy,

  • 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.

Donate Warm Items

  • Cambridge Women’s Center is looking for donations to keep the community warm as the nights get cooler! They are looking for sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, wintercoats (M/L/XL,XXL+); gloves (all sizes); new underwear (M/L/XL,XXL+); thermals and long underwear; hats and scarves; warm, thick pants and warm shirts; hand warmers (18 hours+). Donations can be dropped off Mondays 12-8pm, Tuesdays-Thursdays 2pm-8pm.

Remote Learning + Child Care

  • Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative & Center For Families teamed up to bring us Playgroups at Home: free weekly activities and live virtual meets for kids age 15 mos - 4 years! It meets 8 weeks starting 10/12. Details available here.

  • Elementary school opportunities for in-person and online programming including free and low-cost.

  • Middle school opportunities for in-person and online programming including free and low-cost.

  • Tutoring opportunities for CPSD students of all ages.

  • 6-8th graders can participate in hands-on gardening and outdoor education at the Hurley Street Farm each Wednesday from 3:30-5pm. More details available here.

Technology + Online Events

  • In need of a mobile hotspot to stay connected? Be sure to check out the services available from the Cambridge Public Library! A full calendar of events is available here. Other digital library events include free ESOL classes, science fiction and fantasy book club, and virtual family story time.

Transportation

  • Do you work at a grocery store, restaurant, or pharmacy in Cambridge? You can get a free BlueBikes 90-day pass. More details available here.

Elderly Support

  • The Friendship Line is the Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free line for individuals 60 years and older. Call 1-800-971-0016


Housing

  • The State Eviction Moratorium is currently due to expire on October 17, 2020, but Cambridge residents are still protected under the CDC Order until December 31, 2020 and the City of Cambridge’s eviction moratorium until further notice. If you’re experiencing issues with your housing provider, contact Maura Pensak at mpensak@cambridgema.gov or the Multiservice Center for free assistance. See also these eviction resources from Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS)!

  • City Life Urbana has a hotline available at 617-934-5006 (English) and 617-397-3773 (Spanish), in addition to templates for contacting a landlord or bank about your situation. Link here.

  • Information on current emergency shelters provided by Greater Boston Legal Services

  • Cambridge Fuel Assistance program

  • EverSource utility grants for customers and small businesses

Hotlines

  • Vida Urbana (617-397-3773): Tiene problemas con las casas (o viviendas) o amenazas de evicción? Llama a este número: 617-397-3773.

  • City Life / Vida Urbana (617)-934-5006: A housing hotline for housing and eviction concerns.

  • Project Bread (1-800-645-8333): A hotline for individuals concerned about food accessibility.

  • Transition House (617)-661-7203: Providing support and a safety plan to individuals in Boston facing domestic violence or sexual abuse.

  • Safelink (877)-785-2020: Massachusetts’ statewide 24/7 toll-free, multi-lingual domestic violence hotline and are a resource for anyone affected by domestic violence.

  • Friendship Line (1-800-971-0016): Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free line for individuals 60 years and older.

Mutual Aid Fund

  • Your donations have raised more than $65,000 which has been redistributed in the community in the form of critical grocery carepackages and grants to support medications, rent, and other necessities. Thank you to all for your support! Details on how to donate available here.

Thank you for supporting and uplifting one another in these changing times, and we look forward to working with you to take care of our community in the upcoming weeks. Whether it's sharing this email, sharing on social media, sharing your offerings, or sharing your needs, we are grateful for all of the ways our community is staying safely connected and looking out for one another!

Resources Update 9/30

As we near almost 1,000 acts of solidarity to support one another, we want to say a big thank you to all who make this network possible! Here are some new opportunities, updates, and resources for the community:

Volunteer Drivers Needed: Fight Food Insecurity

  • Contactless volunteer drivers needed for deliveries to support hospitality workers facing food insecurity. This would entail picking up grocery bags in Kendall Square (291 Third St.) and dropping the bags at the coordinated house on the list the volunteer would receive. The bags are dropped at the recipient's door, and then a text is sent notifying them of its arrival. Deliveries usually take an hour or so. Masks are required. The routes are outside of Cambridge, and are as follows: Wednesday: Chelsea (two routes); Thursday: East Boston + Chelsea; Friday: Revere + Malden/Everett. If interested, please contact Alex at agladwell@rwma617.org or by cell at (860)-304-0510.

Need Food?

  • Updated list of Cambridge food pantries and resources available here.

  • Cambridge Food & Nutrition Services provides breakfast & lunch to feed Cambridge students every weekday from 12 - 1PM! Meals will be FREE for all Cambridge students. To find a site nearest you, click here. More details available here.

  • A group of volunteers throughout the area are cooking and delivering free lasagnas to families in need of some extra food support during this time. Families looking to receive a meal can sign-up here to have a lasagna delivered to you for free. The group is also looking for volunteers to cook and deliver meals -- more information and a sign up form can be found here.

  • Cambridge residents who are over 60, immunocompromised, or have a disability and do not have a friend or relative that can go to a food pantry on their behalf, can apply for the Home Delivery Program (30-40 pounds of food delivered 2x/month). The application is available here, or you can request an application be mailed to you.

Donate Warm Items

  • Cambridge Women’s Center is looking for donations to keep the community warm as the nights get cooler! They are looking for sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, winter coats (M/L/XL,XXL+); gloves (all sizes); new underwear (M/L/XL,XXL+); thermals and long underwear; hats and scarves; warm, thick pants and warm shirts; hand warmers (18 hours+). Donations can be dropped off Mondays 12-8pm, Tuesdays-Thursdays 2pm-8pm.

Support Food Access

  • Volunteers have been organizing to put fridges in neighborhoods throughout Boston, Somerville, and Cambridge known as “community fridges” where anyone can take food as they need or leave food for the community. Cambridge Community Fridges is currently looking for host businesses for potential fridge sites. Cost of utilities for hosts should not exceed $1/day ($30/month), which can be fully covered if needed. If you are interested in hosting, or have any questions, please email cambridgecommunityfridge@gmail.com

Remote Learning + Child Care

  • 6-8th graders can participate in hands-on gardening and outdoor education at the Hurley Street Farm each Wednesday from 3:30-5pm. More details available here.

  • Cambridge Community Center is providing safety informed, in-person full day academic and social-emotional support for school-age children enrolled in virtual learning during the 2020-21 school year. Ages 5-13, and K-8th grade. Vouchers accepted with a sliding scale based on income. Scholarships available! Sign up and more information available here.

  • If you are or know parents with children that will need preschool at the start of the 2021-2022 school year, don't miss the upcoming info session to learn all about the 3 year old Lottery system process in October! Zoom information session today (9/30). More details available here.

Technology + Online Events

Transportation

  • Do you work at a grocery store, restaurant, or pharmacy in Cambridge? You can get a free BlueBikes 90-day pass. More details available here.

Elderly Support

  • The Friendship Line is the Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free line for individuals 60 years and older. Call 1-800-971-0016

Housing

  • City Life Urbana has a hotline available at 617-934-5006 (English) and 617-397-3773 (Spanish), in addition to templates for contacting a landlord or bank about your situation. Link here.

  • Information on current emergency shelters provided by Greater Boston Legal Services

  • Cambridge Fuel Assistance program

  • EverSource utility grants for customers and small businesses

Hotlines

  • Vida Urbana (617-397-3773): Tiene problemas con las casas (o viviendas) o amenazas de evicción? Llama a este número: 617-397-3773.

  • City Life / Vida Urbana (617)-934-5006: A housing hotline for housing and eviction concerns.

  • Project Bread (1-800-645-8333): A hotline for individuals concerned about food accessibility.

  • Transition House (617)-661-7203: Providing support and a safety plan to individuals in Boston facing domestic violence or sexual abuse.

  • Safelink (877)-785-2020: Massachusetts’ statewide 24/7 toll-free, multi-lingual domestic violence hotline and are a resource for anyone affected by domestic violence.

  • Friendship Line (1-800-971-0016): Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free line for individuals 60 years and older.

Thank you for supporting and uplifting one another in these changing times, and we look forward to working with you to take care of our community in the upcoming weeks. Whether it's sharing this email, sharing on social media, sharing your offerings, or sharing your needs, we are grateful for all of the ways our community is staying safely connected and looking out for one another!


April 6, 2020 updates

This week we’ve grown to 400+ volunteers, nearly 50 neighborhood pod leaders, and have provided more than $14,000 in direct aid for our community. We are grateful for all of the ways in which neighbors are uplifting neighbors from phone check-ins to picking up groceries for one another.

Updates

Privacy

We heard concerns about privacy from the community this week, and wanted to reiterate seriously we take these matters. We have changed our volunteer spreadsheet to hide names and emails, and this information will never be shared without your consent. This ensures your personal information is protected while still being able to support our community of neighbors. Questions? Reach out to us via email at CambridgeMutualAid@gmail.com !

Join Your Neighborhood Pod

Join your neighborhood pod! Check out our map and reach out to your Neighborhood Point Person. If your street isn’t covered by a pod and you’d like to be a point person, or you have any questions please contact our coordinator Kit at kit.camb.nan@gmail.com.

Mutual Aid Fund

After creating the Mutual Aid Fund just two weeks ago, we as a community have raised nearly $18k and, as of this post, have distributed over $14k in urgently needed direct-aid to fellow residents to cover things like rent, utilities, food, supplies, medical bills, and copays. Through the value of solidarity not charity, the role of the fund is to provide for the immediate, emergency needs of local residents as quickly as possible--before more substantial and reliable forms of aid are made available. Can you help to address these needs by contributing $20 or more? If you are able to, please click here and enter an amount. Be sure to write “For CMAN Fund” in your payment note, and deselect the “Paying for goods or a service?” box. If you are in need of financial assistance, please reach out to our fund coordinators, Rob and Kenny, at CMAN.fund@gmail.com

Values

Our ongoing efforts are guided by a set of shared values. Read here to learn more!

Community Asks

Check out our community needs list to see if you have something which aligns with the asks of our neighbors at this time. Some current needs include bread and shelf-stable groceries, financial assistance, and baby gear (stroller, high chair, bottles, etc.).

A local engineer has been making hand-sanitizer and distributing it to local groups. They’re looking for 95% pure alcohol to continue their efforts (doesn’t matter what it’s been adulterated with). Contact jane.x.huang@gmail.com to donate!

Do you have an ask of your own? Email us at CambridgeMutualAid@gmail.com!

Ways to Volunter

  • State Rep. Marjorie Decker is putting together a volunteer team to make check-in calls to senior citizens in our community to ensure that all have the resources that they need to stay well during this challenging time. If you are interested in volunteering your time and making calls, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/1P2QTagpC8by69HHA. If you have any questions, please email her at Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov. Stay well and safe.

  • Have expertise in graphic design or law? We’re looking for more coordinators here at CMAN! Or join our team of multilingual translators to ensure language justice and accessibility. Email us at CambridgeMutualAid@gmail.com

Resources

Be sure to check our website for an updated list of Cambridge-specific resources ranging from mental health to local hotlines to multilingual information. We wanted to provide you with a few resources you could share to your own neighbors who may not be a part of our network.

Hotlines

  • Vida Urbana (617-397-3773): Tiene problemas con las casas (o viviendas) o amenazas de evicción? Llama a este número: 617-397-3773.

  • City Life / Vida Urbana (617)-934-5006: A Boston-area housing hotline for housing and eviction concerns.

  • Project Bread (1-800-645-8333): A Cambridge hotline for individuals concerned about food accessibility.

  • Transition House (617)-661-7203: Providing support and a safety plan to individuals in Cambridge facing domestic violence and/or sexual abuse.

  • Safelink (877)-785-2020: Massachusetts’ statewide 24/7 toll-free, multi-lingual domestic violence hotline and a resource for anyone affected by domestic violence.

  • Friendship Line (1-800-971-0016): Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free line for individuals 60 years and older.

Elderly Support

  • Liam’s Lunches/Zoomers to Boomers will pick up and deliver 12 grocery items to your door. They accept cash, Venmo, PayPal, or check. Form is available here.

  • The Friendship Line is the Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free line for individuals 60 years and older. Call 1-800-971-0016

  • Special hours at Cambridge-area supermarkets and grocery stores

  • Need your groceries picked up and delivered? We have a team of volunteers happy to help. Contact us at CambridgeMutualAid@gmail.com

Financial Assistance

  • Cambridge Community Foundation Grant ($200-$1,000 for individuals). Apply here.

  • Cambridge Community Foundation Artist Relief Fund. Apply here.

  • Greg Hill Foundation + Samuel Adams Restaurant Strong Fund for restaurant workers. Apply here.

  • $200 grants to Boston musicians. Apply here.

Food Assistance

The City and Food for Free have set up the Cambridge Community Food Line (617-349-9155), a food item delivery service for Cambridge residents who are at high risk of food insecurity. The service will deliver a weekly bag of produce and shelf-stable grocery items to eligible individuals and families if the food pantry you use has closed, you have lost your job or your income, you are homebound due to illness . To participate, call 617-349-9155. You will be prompted to leave a voicemail with your name, number, and address. A member of the staff will call you back within 24 hours to confirm that you meet the criteria for food item delivery. If you meet the criteria, you will be added to the weekly distribution list.

Housing

  • City Life Urbana has the above hotline, in addition to templates for contacting a landlord or bank about your situation. Link here.

  • Information on current emergency shelters provided by Greater Boston Legal Services

Thank you for supporting and uplifting one another in these changing times, and we look forward to working with you to take care of our community in the upcoming weeks. Whether it's sharing this email, sharing on social media, sharing your offerings, or sharing your needs, we are grateful for all of the ways our community is staying safely connected and looking out for one another!

Best,

The Cambridge Mutual Aid Network (CMAN)

Facebook Page: click here

Twitter: @CambridgeAid

March 30, 2020 updates

Thank you for joining the Cambridge Mutual Aid Network! We wanted to reach out and thank all of you for joining this community organizing initiative to provide solidarity and support to one another in these changing times.

This week we’ve grown to 350+ volunteers, and nearly 50 neighborhood pod leaders. Neighbors have continued to uplift and empower each other through acts such as providing emergency housing and picking up groceries for one another. If you are in a position to support others, our current list of community needs is available here.

Get Involved

We are growing and our efforts are expanding. Are you interested in getting involved in an organizational role?

  • We are looking for people interested in joining our leadership team who can lend their expertise in graphic design, and law (taxation and/or liability)

  • Additionally, we are looking for individuals who have advanced knowledge of another language who can be on-standby for translation when someone reaches out in their preferred language.

  • Interested in filling any of these roles? Reach out to us at CambridgeMutualAid@gmail.com.

Neighborhood Pods

Pods are groups of neighbors connected by texting groups, mailing lists, or phone trees that help them keep in touch and get and give help. We now have close to 50 pods including hundreds of Cambridge neighbors! To learn more and to join your local Neighborhood Pod, visit: https://www.cambridgemutualaid.info/neighborhood-pod-program If you see that your neighborhood is uncovered and you want to sign up to found a pod, please email our neighborhood pod coordinator Kit at kit.camb.nan@gmail.com and include your home address.

The Cambridge Mutual Aid Network Fund

In the first week of our direct-aid fund, we raised over $10,000 as a community and have already provided over $5,000 in urgently needed emergency funds to individuals and families to cover rent, utilities, food, medical prescriptions, and more! To make our fundraising most effective, we have partnered with the Democracy Center, a Cambridge-based nonprofit. To contribute, please click here and enter an amount. Be sure to write “For CMAN Fund” in your payment note, and deselect the “Paying for goods or a service?” box. If you are in need of financial assistance, please reach out to our fund coordinators, Rob and Kenny, at CMAN.fund@gmail.com

In Need of Additional Support?

We know many of our neighbors may be facing financial obstacles right now, and there are two local funds to help. The Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) asked us to share their two funds to help individuals and non-profits: a Covid19 Emergency Fund and an Artist Relief Fund. Individuals can apply for grants for up to $1,000, and non-profits can apply for up to $10,000 to distribute grants to the individuals they serve. The foundation has received almost 200 applications, and they are reviewed on a rolling basis. For more info email Lori at lorilander@gmail.com or visit the Cambridge Community Foundation website.

Thank you for supporting and uplifting one another in these changing times, and we look forward to working with you to take care of our community in the upcoming weeks. Whether it's sharing this email, sharing on social media, sharing your offerings, or sharing your needs, we are grateful for all of the ways our community is staying safely connected and looking out for one another!

Best,

The Cambridge Mutual Aid Network (CMAN)

Facebook Page: click here

Twitter: @CambridgeAid

March 29, 2020 updates

If you are able, please consider donating to these two funds to support Cantabridgians in need:

Mayor's Disaster Relief Fund

  • The Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide emergency assistance in partnership with non-profit organizations to individuals and families

  • All money goes towards individuals and families in Cambridge who are experiencing extreme financial hardship caused by the current COVID-19 crisis.

  • Donations can be made here.

Cambridge Mutual Aid Network Fund

  • We've created a fund to meet urgent requests of local residents based on values of trust and harm reduction and meant as solidarity, not charity

  • To make our fundraising most effective, we have partnered with the Democracy Center, a Cambridge-based nonprofit. To contribute, go to https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/democracycenter and enter your amount. Write "For CMAN Fund" in your payment note, and deselect the "Paying for goods or a service?" box.

  • If you need money, you can email our Fund Coordinators, Rob and Kenny, at CMAN.fund@gmail.com to talk through available local grants and financial resources. We have a Mutual Aid Fund for local residents, and we will try our best to meet your financial needs. We only have a small fund, so we are limited in granting full requests for assistance via Venmo.

  • We take transparency and accountability as seriously as the privacy and dignity of recipients of aid. We are posting all transactions of money moving in and out on a shared spreadsheet and maintaining the privacy of recipients. We are also open to feedback and questions from the public, which can be directed to our Fund Coordinator Rob at CMAN.fund@gmail.com

Donate Diapers

Diaper Circle (drop off for donations): This is a list of drop offs that take donations of new boxes of baby diapers. Diaper Circle then distributes them to local agencies working with struggling families. here

March 21, 2020 updates

  • Our first Pod Leader meeting was 3/20/2020 @ 7 PM - send an email if you want to join as a pod leader email us cambridgemutualaid@gmail.com.

  • Emergency Childcare Announced: (per SEIU 509) Governor Baker has ordered all child care programs across the state closed to protect public health. Starting this Monday, emergency child-care centers are being set up, at no cost, for the children of those who perform essential work amid the threat of coronavirus. Learn More here

  • Have a sewing machine? Mask shortages are so severe that hospitals and nursing facilities are now looking for volunteers to produce cloth masks. Please use this CHA-approved mask sewing pattern: here , more information

March 20, 2020 updates

  • Our first Pod Leader meeting is 3/20/2020 @ 7 PM - send an email if you want to join cambridgemutualaid@gmail.com

  • Club Passim has online performances and a fund to help local artists: here

  • The Cambridge Artist Relief Fund will provide support to the arts and culture sector by giving grants to individuals and organizations facing a financial burden due to COVID-19. The fund will begin accepting applications for grants on March 23rd. If you are interested in applying or donating to the fund, head to their website: http://cambridgecf.org/artist-relief-fund/

  • Cambridge-based companies Moderna, Biogen, Sherlock Biosciences, Takeda Pharmaceutical, and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals are helping to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and were highlighted in a Boston Globe piece today. You can read it here: http://bit.ly/2QxTcuK

  • AOC Toolkit: here Mutual Aid 101 #WeGotOurBlock

  • More Senior Hours at Local Markets:

    • Market Basket, which has a location will open exclusively for people over 60 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 a.m. - 7 a.m.

    • Stop & Shop, which has locations on McGrath Highway and Alewife Brook Parkway, will open exclusively for people over 60 each day from 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

    • Starmarket, which has locations in Porter Square, on Beacon Street and on McGrath Highway, will open on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. for senior citizens and other at-risk populations, such as pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems.

    • Whole Foods, which has three locations in Cambridge, will open for people over 60 one hour before it opens to the general public. The River Street location near Cambridge Port will open for seniors at 8:00 a.m. The Prospect Street location near Central Square will open for seniors at 7:00 a.m. The Fresh Pond location will open for seniors at 8:00 a.m.

March 19, 2020 updates

Thank you to all those in the community who have shared your offerings, bravely shared your needs, and contributed! Please check the needs list to see if there is someone who could immediately benefit from your contributions! Current immediate needs include coat donations, financial assistance, and help with fresh food and groceries.

+ Donate to the Mayor's Disaster Relief Fund

+ Cambridge Health Alliance needs donations of personal protective equipment: About CHA | Newsroom | Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donations

+ Donate to help keep Harvard Square's Y2Y Shelter open here. Donate to MAAP's emergency wishlist to support those who are homeless as other shelters close.

+ We’ve added a Spanish version our information. And Portuguese. This resource has Covid-19 information in more than 50 languages.

+ Looking to volunteer? Cambridge Volunteer Clearing House Opportunities here and Somerville Cambridge Elder Services. This includes calling elders over the phone from your own home.