Germantown Mutual Aid Fund is a community-generated gifting fund created to help stabilize our community and reduce financial hardships brought on by impacts of COVID-19. 

Core values of this fund are:

  • Every donation is a gift, any amount donated is generous and meaningful. 

  • This project uses a “solidarity” model. We are all interconnected. Everyone has ways they can “give back” and we are united together in our need for a better world. 

  • We are building a stronger local culture of care.

  • We are putting action to Love Thy Neighbor and to help stabilize the members of our community.

  • Trust in each other. Trust that our needs are real and that we are all doing the best we can.

We are pooling donations together and inviting requests for financial assistance. This is ongoing. 

 

This project is completely Volunteer-Run. We will do the best we can with what we have. 

 

We may update our process and guidelines as we go along, while we learn about the best way to do this work.

Photo by Jill Saull. "Granny graffiti" by Carole Loeffler.

What exactly is mutual aid? Here, here, and here are some mutual aid stories from around the country.

If you want to offer or request mutual aid in the form of errands, services, or favors, look into our Time Bank. For example: picking up a prescription, picking up groceries, walking a dog.

(The Time Bank = mutual aid in the form of service ...

The Mutual Aid Fund = mutual aid in the form of financial assistance)

Are you experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19? You can request financial assistance through the mutual aid fund. Please read the info below first and then click the application link. 

Unfortunately, no one is guaranteed to receive money through the Germantown Mutual Aid Fund. This is a volunteer effort and resources are limited. 

Our focus is on stabilizing the Germantown community, so you must be a resident of Germantown.   

The application will ask you questions about: 

  • how long you have lived in the neighborhood, 

  • how you have been financially impacted by COVID-19, 

  • what access you have to other sources of assistance, 

  • how you would use the funds requested,  

  • the urgency of your request, and

  • how you might be able to give back in some way to help keep this project going (for example, helping at an event or sharing info about this fund on your social media). 

 

Requests for funding start at $50. 

 

Requests must be made for very specific expenses and proof/documentation is required. 

 

Payments will be made directly to the vendor/entity you owe a payment to. For example, if you are requesting help paying a utility bill, the Mutual Aid Fund will send a check TO YOU written out to the utility company.  

There are two funding rounds per month (until further notice):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decisions about funding are made by a committee of active G.R.E.A.T. members, with a minimum of 3 people, maximum of 5 from the committee present for each decision-making meeting. 

 

Requests can be submitted online beginning May 9th. If you don’t have access to the online application or need assistance using the online application, and you don’t have anyone who can help you through it, call this number: (267) 551-0662. 

If you are not selected to receive funding, your application may be withdrawn or it may be reconsidered in the following funding rounds. You don’t need to reapply unless you have updates to your application.

Submit request by: 1st of the month

  • Expect to hear from the GMAF committee by the 15th 

  • If approved, expect to receive funds within a week of response date

 

OR Submit request by: 16th of the month

  • Expect response from the GMAF committee by the 30th 

  • If approved, expect to receive funds within a week of response date

ELIBIGILITY AND PRIORITIES

The only official requirement for eligibility in the Germantown Mutual Aid Fund is to be a resident of Germantown (your home address is Germantown).

 

Our committee has identified priorities to guide decision-making, knowing that we will not have enough resources available to meet all the needs. 

 

GMAF will prioritize the needs of people who are most vulnerable, have least access to community resources, and the smallest financial safety net, for example:

  • Lower-income residents

  • Households with a single source of income

  • People who are caring for children or elderly

  • Grandparents raising grandchildren 

  • People with disabilities, or who are differently-abled 

  • People who have lost income because of COVID-19

  • People who may not be eligible for unemployment compensation

  • Lower income older adults with no pension/retirement income

  • Long-time Germantown residents

  • Black / African American / People of Color 

Please understand there are no guarantees for funding. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, guided by the priorities listed here, and largely determined by the amount of funds available to give out. 

The Germantown Mutual Aid Fund can support personal living expenses. We are unable to provide assistance for businesses. TYPES OF EXPENDITURES that may be covered  include but are not limited to: 

  • Rent and mortgage payments

  • Water bills

  • Electric bills

  • Natural gas bills

  • Property tax bills

  • Emergency home repairs

  • Emergency medical bills

  • Medicine

  • Transportation  

  • Phone bills

 

Apply here

May 9th or after 

Can you contribute to the Germantown Mutual Aid Fund?  

Go to our donation page by clicking this link. Read below for more info. 

 

Donations can be in any amount.

 

We encourage you to be generous. Be creative. (You could share your stimulus check, or share proceeds from making and selling masks, for example.) 

 

We are using this website which shows all funds coming in and all funds going out. This will be the most up-to-date source for seeing where the money goes and is the preferred option.

 

 

This site accepts PayPal and credit/debit cards. 

If you don’t have PayPal or a credit/debit card, you can make a donation using CashApp or you can mail a check. 

CashApp name: cash.app/$GermantownMutualAid 

(CashApp doesn't provide contact info so we can't send a tax-receipt)

Make checks payable to: Germantown Mutual Aid Fund

Mail to: 

          Germantown Mutual Aid Fund

          P.O. Box 48011

          Philadelphia, PA 19144

Decisions about funding are made by a committee of active G.R.E.A.T. members, with a minimum of 3 people, maximum of 5 from the committee present for each decision-making meeting.

Members of the Germantown Mutual Aid Fund committee are:  

  • Susan Christian

  • Cathy Brown

  • Marie-Monique Marthol

  • Jill Saull

  • Lindsay Stolkey

  • Tiffany Dominique

  • Felicia Coward

Funding priorities

In the GMAF, there are no guarantees for funding. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, guided by the priorities listed here, and largely determined by the amount of funds available to give out. The more money that is donated, the more Germantown community members this fund will be able to assist. While our hopes are high about the generosity of the community, our GMAF committee assumes that there will be a greater need than the fund can support so we created the following priorities in order to help our decision-making process. 

GMAF will prioritize the needs of people who are most vulnerable, have least access to community resources, and the smallest financial safety net, for example:

  • Lower-income residents

  • Households with a single source of income

  • People who are caring for children or elderly

  • Grandparents raising grandchildren 

  • People with disabilities, or who are differently-abled 

  • People who have lost income because of COVID-19

  • People who may not be eligible for unemployment compensation

  • Lower income older adults with no pension/retirement income

  • Long-time Germantown residents

  • Black / African American / People of Color 

Being a resident of Germantown, however, is a requirement for eligibility, as this fund aims to prevent any destruction to the fabric of our community, resulting from the impacts of COVID-19. 

Questions? Contact 267-551-0662 or germantownmutualaidfund@gmail.com

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