By Katrina Avila 

Ensuring the safety and well-being of our community has remained a central focus for Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid (SYC/W6MA) since its inception. They consistently dedicate themselves to 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, along with grassroots organizations representing Black and Brown communities, has significantly contributed to this effort. The Southwest Pod of SYC/W6MA expresses deep gratitude for the continuous generosity and assistance they receive, which are instrumental in supporting community members facing hardship. This collaborative endeavor underscores the strength of community solidarity and mutual support.

Interested in contributing? Explore the different ways to get involved with Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid:

Virtual Tutors Needed: SYC/W6MA’s “Free School for Unlimited Youth” program provides FREE virtual tutoring to Black and Brown K-12 students across Washington, DC. We are constantly seeking passionate volunteer members to join our team! We welcome college students, graduate students, and professionals who are committed to making a difference in any subject. If you’re interested in becoming a virtual tutor, please visit or contact us at for more details. 

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.. Those in the community facing hardship are welcome to visit once a month for assistance, including food, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, and access to the Clothing Closet. You can find the Southwest Pod at Christ United Methodist Church, located at 900 4th Street SW. Access is through the courtyard gate at the rear of the building on the side street off Wesley Place SW. You’ll also find SYC/W6MA’s table at the Southwest Farmers Market every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., weather permitting. Fresh produce, meat, and dairy product donations are welcomed to ensure a nutritious food selection. Please drop by to say hello and contribute. Additionally, 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! We are in need of donations such as:

  • Non-perishable foods like canned tuna, canned chicken, pasta, pasta sauce, soup, canned fruit, boxed milk, peanut butter, jelly, cooking oil, condiments, hot and cold cereal, Ensure, tea, coffee.
  • Toiletries including toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, deodorant, feminine products, and Depends.

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

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