By Regina Mazur

STEM In-Person Tutoring Program

Have or know a middle school student struggling with STEM learning? Let us make it a little easier. Sign up for free in person tutoring support with Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid’s Free School for Unlimited Youth!

Have a background in STEM & a commitment to educational equity? Consider becoming an in-person tutor with Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid’s Free School for Unlimited Youth! (Time commitment: 5 hours a week. Compensation: $15/hour.) To apply, email resumes to

Support Summer Youth Enrichment: Thinking ahead to summer? We are! Join Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid (SYC/W6MA) in providing Black and Brown DC youth with the chance to explore, enjoy, and play this summer. Your #solidarityNOTcharity will give every SYC/W6MA scholar across DC equitable summertime experiences that will last a lifetime:

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 on 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). 

If you are interested in hosting a short- or long-term donation drive in your building or amongst friends, please contact us at for more details. 

This Month’s Donation Needs: 

  • Food/beverage: soup, chips, salad dressing, condiments, graham crackers, chicken, cold cereal, instant coffee
  • Personal hygiene: deodorant, wipes, toothpaste, mouthwash
  • Cleaning: spray disinfectant, laundry detergent, dish soap, garbage bags
  • Other: large boxes, bags (paper, cloth, plastic), bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, bed sheets and blankets (in good condition and clean), plastic bowls, silverware, microwaves

You can find a SYC/W6MA table at the Southwest Farmers’ Market on Saturdays (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 Distributions Starting in May, fresh produce will be given out every Saturday at  2:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church. CUMC will continue to provide food and supplies on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. If you need to request support, please call the Mutual Aid Hotline at 202-683-9962 or email   

Information Table:  The Southwest Pod recently launched an effort to provide residents with information on community and government resources that could have assistance to them.  An information table will now be set up at food distribution events (times listed above) to ensure that resources and opportunities reach the Southwest community. The Southwest Pod welcomes those with experience or information on any available resources to stop by or contact us. 

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