By Regina Mazur

For more than two years, keeping our community safe and providing our neighbors with food and supplies has been a priority of Serve Your City/ Ward 6 Mutual Aid (SYC/W6MA). A partnership between the Christ United Methodist Church and the Southwest Pod of SYC/W6MA as well as their collective work with Black and Brown grassroots organizations have proven to be an incredible contribution to this cause. 

SYC/W6MA is always looking for different ways to assist the community by leading different projects throughout the year. Events such as food distributions, and clothing drives are just a small part of the actions that SYC/W6MA undertakes to help the community. The Southwest Pod is incredibly grateful for the donations and support that they continue to receive.

Back to School Bash

DC’s kids deserve the equitable resources they need to be successful, joyful, and supported. That’s what we’re doing with our third annual #WeKeepUsSafe Back to School Bash, and your donations make it possible! We’re looking to have an even greater impact than last year, and we know we can do it with your #solidarityNOTcharity! 

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Free Summer Programs 

Sign up your DC student for Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid’s 

Free School for Unlimited Youth Summer 2022 Programs! Teen art camp, trapeze school, robots & coding learning camp, field trips & more. 

**Register TODAY at: (**next steps will be emailed upon online registration.) Questions? Email us at:

Interested in ways to help?

SYC/W6MA continues to collect non-perishable foods, toiletries, and household cleaning items on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church’s back courtyard gate (900 4th Street Southwest: entrance near library). 

This Month’s Donation Needs: 

  • Food: soup, peanut butter (16oz), instant oatmeal, instant coffee, canned fruit and tea, pasta, Ensure nutritional drink all flavors
  • Cleaning: laundry detergent in pods
  • Household: bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, bed sheets and blankets (in good condition and clean), baking pans, crockpots
  • Personal Hygiene: deodorant, toothbrushes

You can find SYC/W6MA table at the Southwest Farmers Market every Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Donations of fresh produce, meat, and dairy products are accepted and help to provide a healthy selection of food. Please stop by to say hi and donate. 

Food Distribution takes place at Christ United Methodist Church at 900 4th St SW.  On the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month at 2:30 p.m., CUMC gives out groceries, paper products, and cleaning supplies. SYC/W6MA gives out fresh produce, eggs, and bread every Saturday at the same time and location.   If you need additional support with food and supplies, please call the Mutual Aid Hotline at 202-683- 9962 or email

Want to Learn More or Get Involved? We need more people to help with the food distribution on Saturdays. Please contact us for more information at

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