By Max Grossman 

Serve Your City (SYC)/Ward 6 Mutual Aid (W6MA) is working with Black and Brown grassroots organizations to help keep our communities safe. The Southwest Pod of SYC/W6MA is partnering with Christ United Methodist Church to serve our neighbors with food and supplies throughout the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

This month kicks off the Southwest DC Winter Coat Drive. SYC/W6MA wants to support our neighbors by making sure everyone is able to dress warmly this winter. 

From November 1 to December 18, SYC/W6MA is accepting donations of new children’s coats (all ages) and new adult coats (highest need for size 1XL and up). Neighbors can support the SW DC Winter Coat Drive by dropping off any donations of new coats at Christ United Methodist Church (900 4th Street SW; courtyard entrance near library) on Wednesdays or Fridays from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. or Saturdays from 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

As usual, SYC/W6MA will continue to collect non-perishable foods, toiletries, and household cleaning items to serve our community during the donation hours above, in partnership with Christ United Methodist Church. This months needs include:

  • Food/beverage: peanut butter, crackers, soup, canned fruit (low sugar), instant rice and box rice dishes, spaghetti noodles, hot breakfast cereal, breakfast bars
  • Personal hygiene: new children’s underwear and socks (ages 3-5), toothbrushes, bar soap, hand lotion
  • Cleaning: laundry detergent, dish soap

You can also donate online at or through the QR code.

Please note, the hours of the 5000 Food Pantry will change in November and December. The new time will be the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 2:30 p.m. The W6MA Fresh Produce distribution will change to every Saturday starting in November, except holidays.

If you or someone you know needs support, call the Mutual Aid Hotline at 202-683-9962 or email ward6mutualaid at Want to get involved or just learn more? Contact us at swmutualaid at

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