How to Run a Mutual Aid Group

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Comprehensive Guides

Guides that cover most aspects of how to organise and run a mutual aid group.

πŸŒŽπŸ”—How to Replicate and How to build a neighborhood pod from MAMAS

MAMAS (of Medford and Somerville, MA) is one of the earliest and largest examples of a COVID-19 mutual aid group / network. It is inspired by Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, Common Ground Collective, and Occupy Sandy and has been used as the basis for many other organizing guides.

πŸŒŽπŸ”—Mutual Aid 101 with AOC and Mariame Kaba

A visual mutual aid tutorial sponsored by US congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and activist Mariame Kaba. Useful for those outside the US too.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK

A short and simple guide from the people running one of the main mutual aid registries in the UK. Includes lots of resources and advice on setting up a group, templates for leaflets, info on data protection and online meetings.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—Community Organizing for the Corona Crisis

A well-organized Google doc with general advice and links to resources about setting up mutual aid groups and cooperatives.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—Establishing a local β€˜C-19 Mutual Aid’ group from the Ella Baker School of Organizing

A PDF from the Ella Baker School of Organizing, a UK group that specializes in developing training materials for organizers. Most of the advice is useful globally, beyond the UK.

πŸŒŽπŸ”—Anarchist Federation Guide for Mutual Aid Groups via Google Drive

Concise guide for setting up a mutual aid group and supporting your local community, including a printable community assistance leaflet. The Google Drive link above is a folder to other reading and resources. Some of the resources are UK specific, but should be useful globally.

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί πŸ”—Everyday People Supporting Their Community Through COVID-19 from members of the Kulin Nation. Specific links to organisations and information relevant to Australia.

πŸŒŽπŸ”—Mutual Aid Workshop (Not COVID specific)

Meta guide for running workshops for teaching people mutual aid ~ super good if you want to dig into mutual aid more generally and in more detail.

πŸŒŽπŸ”—Communities Essential Guide to Digital Tools β€” for Mutual Aid Groups

Basic and practical guide to the minimum viable tech tools for virtual collaboration. Good for first-time online collaborators.


πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³πŸ”—Useful Mutual-Aid Projects in Response to COVID-19, experiences from Chinese Volunteers

A list of different mutual aid projects based on lessons learned in the Chinese response spanning from medical and psycological support including teh ened of life support, operating information systems and auditing, dispatching the donated medical materials.



Hyper local Resource handbook on Coronavirus for Acton,covering basics local information London, England. Really neat, worthy as in of Guide Tool boxes

COVID-19 Mutual Aid & Advocacy Resources (US Based)


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By organiser Dean Spade

Developed by Big Door Brigade in Seattle, the Covid 19 Mutual Aid support website, covering resources and information with a comprehensive mutual aid tool box. om πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ/document/d/1Rcan4C_e6OBFBI5bUn7MtYK74Ab-WarxyJmDvZUI_YA/preview#heading=h.clvghbrn2afi

Coronavirus Resource Kit (for Mutual Aid)

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COVID-19 DC Resource Toolkit

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Support and guidance for mutual aid groups


COVID-19 Mutual Aid & Advocacy Resources



Dedicated queercare resources and protocols for how care safely for COVID-19


Autonomy and Collective Care Tools by The Comrade Closet


A short stepwise recommendation for internal complaints procedure for mutual aid organization

cover some aspects of how to organise and run a mutual aid group, or which mostly consist of links to other resources.



Advice for Volunteer Organizations from the National Council for Voluntary Organizations


COVID-19 Starter Group Flowchart - a flowchart for people (non-tech) thinking of setting up a local support group. Editable version here.


Useful piece on choosing size and reach of a network from HaloLocal


How to Set Up Mutual Aid for your Area (Google Drive)

πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ”—How to start a mutual aid group (Canada)

Regional how-to creat Neighbourhood pods for connecting people.


Getting the most from self-organised citizen-led mutual aid groups from the Losing Control Network


How to create a mutual aid network? from the American Friends Service Committee

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ”—https://d/1PCt80z2NqDXjbKnQvBmcU2jfbjo1r_ZdQmYvHiRyCQA/edit Resources for Local Groups


Joi in US looking out for communities.

πŸ”—Peel Neighbourhood Care Groups from Peel

Regional how-to build a neighbourhood Care group to stay connected, sharing resources and essential information.

.πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ”—Parkdale Pods - Mutual Aid Network from the Parkdale People's Economy

Regional how-to adapted Mutual Aid Medford and Summerville (MAMAS) and the #WeGotOurBlock toolkit o


Coronavirus Print & Social Media Resources to help #StopTheSpread.


How to create a neighbourhood phone tree


How to make a Slack Neighbourhood Hub



half-assed disaster prepper tips

Templates useful for setting up mutual aid groups


A Neighborly Invitation Regarding Coronavirus (How to Contact Your Neighbours)


Community/Family Invitation for Mutual AidForming Your own Mutual Aid Group


Flyer Templates for Neighborhood Mutual Aid


Comprehensive guide on how to collect and distribute PPE

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Remote Working Tools

πŸ”—al al is a free website to protect WhatsApp, Telegram, and other group chats from bots and spammers, shorten and customise the group chat invite link, and add link expiration date

πŸ”—Halo for mutual aid groups from Localhalo

Halo is a free chat app that mutual aid groups can use to quickly self-organize.


Childcare coordination for a group/co-op


Tool for local shopping in Berlin

πŸ”—Running large virtual meetings   

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How to Make Group Decisions

πŸ”—Running a Zoom Meeting Protocol

Basic guidelines to run zoom meetings and using teh technology.

Guides for making group decisions


What should local mutual aid groups be doing? - open-edit document with an unorganized list of strategies


Mutual Aid and Community Care 101


Tools and Models for Starting and Projects or Adding Helpful Structure to Existing Projects


Techniques for Consensus Decision Making in Large Groups

πŸ”—Crisis Informatics Research Learn from research into past crises and disasters and the coordination tools and processes they used

πŸ”—Running large virtual - Manual about parliamentary procedure

πŸ”—Running a Zoom MeetingοΏ½

All Our Ideas - a tool to help groups to rank a set of ideas or suggestions.


Loomio - a platform that enables groups to hold threaded discussions, and make decisions by various means, e.g. voting.


Contributor Covenant - a widely used code of conduct for open source communities.

Tools to help group administrators


A super easy to use web based system for helping groups manage requests and volunteers. A request comes in, you put it on the system, and either allocate to a volunteer (via a team) or broadcast a message to a group of volunteers for someone to claim it. Easily track request status and information (including payments) all the way to closure, with a full audit trail.

Tool to get people to helping people


Electronic Frontier Foundation guide to security and privacy in mutual aid (and during pandemics).


Mutual Aid & Self/Community Care Resources


How to do a Coronavirus prep door knock to care for your neighbours. Via sarah_at_play


Safety Practices for Mutu Recommended safety practices for supply distribution mutual aid projects responding to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic to lessen the risk of spreading the virus.

tect your WhatsApp and other groups from scammers and spammers through human verification reCAPTCHA and password-protection (optional)



Add your contact info with your project

πŸ’‘Protect WhatsApp, Telegram, and other Group Chat from bots is a completely free-to-use website which allows people to protect their group chats against bots through human verification reCAPTCHA. Through, you can als shorten, customise password-protectgroup chat links.

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πŸ’‘Self-report tool on your symptoms and postal code

Make a simple website with your symptoms, whether you self-isolate and your approximate location (for privacy reasons), so we have more data than just the officially tested cases. Contact @codeforNL on Twitter for current status

See also: – in development

πŸ’‘Way to see how busy your supermarket is

A way to see how busy your supermarket is and if they have stock so you can go at a quiet time when not many people are around? It’d probably defeat the purpose

=> Google Maps does this in some territories, click on the business and scroll down to see live graph of how busy it is

πŸ’‘NHS A&E emergency waiting time app

Was rolled out in a few places has that been expanded? 

πŸ’‘Apps to hack and repurpose during Coronavirus

E.g. like Tinder has been used by charities for some comms campaigns are there ways we can repurpose current apps and tools? E.g. food sharing apps, carers UK jointly app for care circles (see Self isolation handbook)

πŸ’‘A way to donate transit/commuter benefits to essential workers

Businesses/sites that manage commuter benefits that are often supplied by businesses for tech workers ought to make it easy to donate to individuals in need while tech workers are not using them due to wfh. Thinking of signing a petition to some of businesses--Wageworks, Paychex. Alternatively, a grassroots way to request funds and a way to donate them to individuals might look like a spreadsheet where folks can enter their transit card info (if it’s safe to do so) and folks can donate to them and cross them off the list. Here's an example for one in Boston.


Mutual aid suggestions from national food service 


πŸ’‘#EmpowerAndHelp Activities for children/families 

  1. Make β€œCards of Hope” to be distributed around. If you want us to distribute Mail to them - PO Box 354 , Morrisville , NC – 27560, USA .
  2. Clean out your toys and books for further donation within your area.
  3. Read books, play board games, print out coloring activities, play card games.
  4. Remember to do your homework .
  5. Make Mealkits for families in need in your area. 
  6. Make a call to your local Elderly care centers to donate your words and have a conversation . Example of a charity in UK (πŸ”—
  7. Join EmpowerandHelp Free zoom call to discuss various Global issues (For USA students interested in Global Challenge participation ) - πŸ”—
  8. Link to Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings (Updated) : Amazing Educational Resources -