By Regina Mazur 

Keeping our community safe has been a long-standing priority of Serve Your City/ Ward 6 Mutual Aid (SYC/W6MA). They have been putting a continuous effort into providing our neighbors with food and supplies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. 

For the past two years, the Southwest community has been coming together, providing invaluable support to each other with food, cleaning supplies, household items, and clothing. The Southwest Pod is incredibly grateful for the donations and support that they continue to receive. These supplies are critical to aid our neighbors in need. It is a great accomplishment to unite as a community and support each other. 

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! bit.ly/sycinpersontutoring

Have a commitment to educational equity? A love for working with students? 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: $20/ hour.) For more information and to apply, visit indeedhi.re/3vjDVm0 or email resumes to youthenrichment@serveyourcitydc.org 

Celebrate Juneteenth

“This Juneteenth we’re not just celebrating those ancestors who finally received the news of our Black victory against the most challenging institutional battle for liberation, our enslavement. We’re also celebrating the strength of those most precious ancestors who were stolen from Africa and survived the journey to this stolen land. We will celebrate their belief in us, their children, to keep pushing forward in our continued captivity. We have never cared about the dictates of our captors. Our ancestors passed their strength to us to teach our children the truth about the sacrifices that have been made to keep us alive. Without their strength, I would have never learned how to write this memoriam. Without their strength, many of you would have never learned how to read it. We are going to blow the roof off this Juneteenth!” — Maurice Cook, Executive Director of Serve Your City and Lead Organizer with Ward 6 Mutual Aid. 

This Juneteenth let’s celebrate and serve Washington, DC together! Help support our #solidarityNOTcharity work at 

bit.ly/sycw6majuneteenth

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 1:00 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/beverage: tuna, chicken, kidney beans, vegetables, fruit (low sugar), oatmeal (instant packets), cold cereal, crackers, fruit cups, powdered drink mix
  • Personal hygiene: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion
  • Cleaning: laundry detergent, dish soap
  • Other: plates and bowls (lightweight or disposable), bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, bedsheets, and blankets (in good condition and clean)

You can find a 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 and 4th Saturdays at 2:30 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  ward6mutualaid@gmail.com

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  swmutualaid@serveyourcity.org

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