By Katrina Avila 

Dedicated to the safety and well-being of our community since its inception, Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid (SYC/W6MA) prioritizes providing essential resources such as food, cleaning supplies, household items, and clothing to our neighbors. The partnership between Christ United Methodist Church and the Southwest Pod of SYC/W6MA, alongside grassroots organizations representing Black and Brown communities, has been instrumental in these efforts. The ongoing generosity and assistance received by the Southwest Pod of SYC/W6MA are deeply valued, as they are crucial in supporting community members facing hardship. This collaborative initiative highlights the strength of community solidarity and mutual support.

Interested in contributing? Here’s how you can get involved with Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid:

Support the Southwest Clothing Closet at Christ United Methodist Church: Help us provide essential everyday wear, work attire, and stylish outfits to men and women experiencing hardships. We welcome clean, good-condition summer clothing and shoes, especially in larger sizes. Additionally, there is a specific need for new or like-new underwear, t-shirts, bras, and socks. Your generous contributions enable us to offer crucial assistance to our community. The clothing closet is open every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to support community members facing challenging circumstances.

SYC/W6MA’s Southwest Pod Spring & Summer Hours: SYC/W6MA’s Southwest Pod accepts donations on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Community members facing hardship are encouraged to visit once a month for assistance, including food, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, and access to the Clothing Closet. You can locate the Southwest Pod at Christ United Methodist Church, situated at 900 4th St SW. Access is through the courtyard gate at the rear of the building on the side street off Wesley Place SW. Additionally, look for SYC/W6MA’s table at the Southwest Farmers Market every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., weather permitting. Donations of fresh produce, meat, and dairy products are greatly appreciated to ensure a nutritious food selection. Stop by to greet us and contribute. Furthermore, Christ United Methodist Church’s 5000 Food Pantry will continue serving food and supplies on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Support SYC/W6MA’s Southwest Pod with Donations: We urgently need donations such as non-perishable foods (canned tuna, pasta, soup, etc.) and toiletries (toothpaste, soap, etc.). Your contributions help us maximize our impact, as we can secure food from the Capital Area Food Bank.

Monetary Donations: Contribute online at Your donations enable us to secure food from the Capital Area Food Bank, effectively tripling the impact compared to purchasing from a store.

For more information, contact us at Join us in building a stronger, more resilient community together.

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