Kadima's new program, Mutual Aid Kadima (MAK) is at your service, connecting community members with needed resources and support, both short and long term.
WHAT IS MUTUAL AID?
“Mutual aid is a term to describe people giving each other needed material support, trying to resist the control dynamics, hierarchies and system-affirming, oppressive arrangements of charity and social services.” (Click here for more information on mutual aid).
Bringing meals by after a surgery or when there is a death in the family are common ways that people in community often support each other. Those of us with disabilities can have more ongoing needs for mutual aid, and tend to be regularly looking out for each other because we understand how hard it can be to survive within the individualist ableist capitalist system.
Mutual aid is rooted in genuine care and need for our collective survival. Mutual aid can be organic, rooted in existing relationships and reciprocal. MAK aims to connect members of the Kadima community to grow and strengthen mutual relationships where we all get our needs met without hierarchy or a sense that support is somehow transactional.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
1. Fill out the MAK request form for yourself or someone who needs support (get their permission first!), or contact Rabbi David or Morgan Scherer that you would like to be reached out to.2. Morgan, Kadima's Operations Manager, will call you to either set up a meeting or go over your request on the phone, at your preference. At that time, we will clarify any details, and create a calendar of the recipient's needs.
3. We will discuss the options of how to fill requests. We can send task requests to any combination of the following:
- Your/the recipient's circle of friends and acquaintances, which you provide a list of;
- Kadima members who have indicated interest in filling MAK requests (approx. 40 people);
- All Kadima members (approx. 225 people);
- The entire Kadima community via the newsletter (approx. 1000 people).
5. You can receive email reminders of upcoming filled requests, or not, at your preference.
6. The MAK Coordinator will keep contacting people until your requests are filled, and will update you on the status of your care calendar.
WHO CAN REQUEST SUPPORT?
Any Kadima member can request support, on their behalf or the behalf of another Kadima member.
I WANT TO BE A MAK DOER!
HOW DO I SIGN UP TO BE ASKED TO DO TASKS FOR PEOPLE WHO REQUEST THEM?
Email Morgan! Morgan will add you to the list of people who are explicitly willing to be asked to do MAK requests. Requests range from rides, meals, and housework, to errands, childcare, and yard work. Being on this list simply means you will receive emails of requests. You have no obligation to sign up for any particular request.
If you are a member of Kadima. you will receive emails sometimes, if the recipient wants to reach out to the whole membership. If you sign up to be a MAK Doer, you will receive asks more frequently.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT MAK?
1. Sign up to be a MAK Coordinator! This is a 2-month commitment, and you will receive training on exactly how to do it. The amount of time per month will vary based on how many requests we receive that month, but expect each request to take a few hours of work setting up the care calendar (with training!), emailing prospective doers, and coordinating with the recipient. Email Morgan for more information or to sign up.
2. Join the Disability Justice Committee, which meets monthly on the third Thursday, from 6pm - 7:30pm at Kadima
3. Donate to Kadima to support Kadima's programs, and/or become a member.