What is the Berkshire Mutual Aid Network?

We, 𝐵𝑒𝑟𝑘𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑟𝑒 𝑀𝑢𝑡𝑢𝑎𝑙 𝐴𝑖𝑑,  are an emerging coalition of community organizers, grassroots networks, local non-profit leadership, local business owners, political and health care system contacts, funders and volunteers working together to stage a 𝒔𝒂𝒇𝒆 and coordinated citizen led response, with the most vulnerable being our 𝑡𝑜𝑝 𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝙨𝙖𝙛𝙚𝙩𝙮.  We are the original Berkshire Mutual Aid community and coalition forged by the South County Disability Rights Working Group in coalition with two other local Mutual Aid Facebook groups founded the week of March 16, 2020 and a grassroots coalition of representatives from vulnerable and disenfranchised populations across the Berkshires.    

Our  coalition  includes  community  members ,  activists and  organizations  representing   several  vulnerable  and  marginalized populations including:   the   disabilities  community,  homeless  or  at  risk  community members,  opiod  addicts,  LGBTQA+,  Latino  and  POC  as  well  as  elders.    We  have  connections  in  the  local  small  business  and  non-profit  communities.    We  connect  those  in need of  support  with  those  who have  time, energy ,  skills or  resources to  share.    We  also organize  community events  and  actions  to meet larger  needs,  such as  mask  making and  distribution,  donations,  food  distribution,  transportation,  and  a  new  effort  for  creating  mutual  aid  in  a  network  of  community gardens.   Berkshire Mutual  Aid  navigators  are  on  call  to  help  people  connect  to  information  and  resources  they may  need,  provide  emotional  support  or  assist  with complicated  and  confusing  paperwork such as  unemployment forms.

Berkshire Mutual Aid is  a  New  England  Grassroots Fund,  Inc.    SEED  Covid-19  Rapid Response  Grant  recipient,  awarded  to  community groups  who  are  reponding  to real  time  needs  during  this  crisis.

 If you need to contact the 𝐵𝑒𝑟𝑘𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑟𝑒 𝑀𝑢𝑡𝑢𝑎𝑙 𝐴𝑖𝑑 community organizers directly  use  the Contact  information  in  the  Contact  Us  page.

We are working to streamline the coordination of all the volunteer efforts, Grassroots, community organizers, non profits, and local businesses during  the  COVID-19  pandemic.    This is for ease of efficiency, spreading the wealth, ensuring we can all be in this for the long haul, physically and mentally, providing a 𝑠𝑎𝑓𝑒 mutual aid effort during this pandemic.   

We  welcome  all  community members  and  local  efforts  to  join  the  network  so we  can  expand  our  reach ,  share  information  and  resources,  and  meet  needs  as  efficiently  as  possible .  

We  believe in  the  heart  and  soul of  the  Berkshire  Community.  During  Covid-19  and  beyond,  we  will  get through  this  together.  

We  are  #ShireStrong

Some partners and friends of our emerging coalition:

The Berkshire mutual aid movement is supported by