FOR-DO’s The Turning Point is located just down the street from Bushel (next door to Bushel’s old space!), Standing for “Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego [Counties]”, FOR-DO affirms the power and possibility of recovery and accomplishes its mission by:
Providing education and awareness activities in an effort to reduce stigma and discrimination related to Substance Use Disorder.
Advocating for legislation and services that support recovery from a Substance Use Disorder
Operating community recovery centers for those in recovery from Substance Use Disorders and their families, thereby improving quality of life, reducing the risk of relapse, and assisting the development of a sustained recovery through the provision of peer-based support, life skills education and other programs, social activities, informational resources and a place for mutual support meetings
Many of the workshops and programs — including writing workshops, open mic, book club, and meditation — are open to all members of the public whether or not they are participating in the center’s recovery-specific services.
They also offer NARCAN training for opioid overdose prevention, in-person or on Zoom.
The following is a working list of organizations that work to advocate for, uplift, and protect Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander lives. Most of these resources were compiled from lists shared by: Jess X. Snow, RISE Indigenous, and Lisa Lowe. Recirculate freely and donate where possible.
Here are some places to donate to mutual aid groups supporting Texas residents affected by storms, outages, and government neglect. These links are from this live doc, which is continually being updated.
Our friends and comrades at Star Route Farm are transitioning to full-time food sovereignty work, and hosting a GoFund me to support the efforts If you can’t make it to Kitty’s, there is a general GoFundMe to help support Star Route’s food justice work. ALL THE INFO IS HERE! <3
This is a full (digital) course in holistic herbal community care offered as Mutual Aid (on a sliding scale donation basis) by CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism. Get it at: Herbal Community Care Toolkit
This document is full of resources for safety and mutual aid during the coming month and beyond.
From the authors:
“The scenarios anticipated by this document are not the apocalypse or the purge. This is about pre-emptive action to take care of yourself in what will undoubtedly be an unpredictable and chaotic time.
“The Covid Childcare Co-op Calendar (CCCC) is a tech tool as social prompt. Using the CCCC, a group of caregivers can fairly schedule collective childcare according to their availabilities. Though it seems counter-intuitive considering what we’re up against, our social bonds are still our greatest collective asset, and they can guide a smart, functional, feminist response to our covid crisis of care. Whether it’s a small circle of friends supporting a healthcare worker by watching their kid, or a few retail employees trading off with a tiny class of 8 year olds, the CCCC makes the annoying step of making and sharing a fair joint schedule a cinch. Our hope is that this simple tool—no accounts, no registration, no stored data—prompts people to think about the next handful of months and how they can share the collective childcare burden, whether they’re someone who’s stuck with more than they can handle, or less.”
“This fund has been set up in response to the escalation of protests by the Albany Police Department to ensure the safety of protesters through bail AND rapid response RADICAL BLACK SAFETY. This fund is designed to function as mutual aid and is managed by Albany racial justice activists Amy Jones and Clyanna Lightbourn of Voix Noire.” DONATE HERE
Mutual Aid networks are starting in our region and some are listed in this report from The River. If you know of a group in Delaware County, we would love to know about it! In the meantime, we hope this “Exchange” portion of this bulletin board might serve some of the purposes a more robust, dedicated network would be able to handle. Here is a useful, low-tech GUIDE to starting a Mutual Aid network, from a group in Medford and Somerville, MA.