We Take Care of Us: Mutual Aid On The Rise In Rochester

by LESLIE HANNON


ROCHESTER NY--The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched many people’s resources to the limit.


We’ve heard a lot about what charities and wealthy philanthropists are doing to address the need. But there’s a different kind of assistance that’s been gaining popularity in Rochester over the past year as well--mutual aid.


Feature contributor Leslie Hannon brings us a series of conversations with community members involved in mutual aid work in Rochester. Check back periodically as we continue to update this page with new content.



Hey Rochester NY! What Do You Need? What Do You Got?

For the first installment of We Take Care of Us, Leslie Hannon speaks with Dina Giovanelli, one of the administrators of the Facebook group "Hey Rochester, NY! What Do You Need? What Do You Got?" about how the group came into being, and what some of the most rewarding moments of the last year have been.



Roc Food Relief

In the second edition of We Take Care of Us, Leslie Hannon speaks with Ilhan Ali, one of the organizers of Roc Food Relief, an informal network of people who've been delivering food to those in need in Rochester.



Roc Food Not Bombs

In this Mutual Aid Minute, Leslie Hannon talks with Lilac of Roc Food Not Bombs about the group's efforts to build and stock food stands across the city.



Roc Mutual Aid Network

In our fourth edition of the Roc Mutual Aid Minute, Leslie Hannon speaks with Ram Zallan of the Roc Mutual Aid Network, about how their volunteers have been coordinating food and basic supply distribution across Rochester since the pandemic began.


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LESLIE HANNON is a volunteer contributor for Reclaiming the Narrative and producer of We Take Care of Us: Rochester Mutual Aid Minute. She can be reached at wxirnews@gmail.com.