Looking for a way to support boots-on-the-ground efforts in Tacoma during the COVID-19 crisis? The Tacoma Mutual Aid Collective — a two-year-old group made up of volunteer parents, writers, teachers, doctors, carpenters, artists, and more — has been working tirelessly around the clock to protect and help vulnerable community members who need additional support at this time.
“There are so many gaps. We are trying to fill those spaces,” wrote TMAC in an email, referring both to the current moment and to the issues it has addressed since it first began, from providing hot meals and resources to people experiencing homelessness to building and distributing harm reduction kits.
Given the amount of rapid changes and disruptions in the last few weeks, TMAC has been focused on grocery and prescription delivery for high-risk groups; school supply and grocery drive-thrus at McCarver Elementary, where 91 percent of students qualify for free- or reduced-lunch; childcare; a resource guide and readiness checklist for families; and recordings of books being read aloud by paid Black and Indigenous people of color along with a discussion and activity guide to support kiddos at home.
Find more information here: https://southsoundmag.com/in-solidarity-with-tacoma-mutual-aid-collective/