Westside Friends Network
Hundreds of volunteers have already signed up to participate in the Westside Friends Network, which coordinates block captains in Westside neighborhoods to offer no-contact assistance such as grocery runs, a healthy meal, pharmacy pickups, calls, and other support. Volunteers with the Friends Network are required to have been practicing good social distancing and have not exhibited any symptoms or come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for the virus in the past 14 days. After they sign up, volunteers are matched with people requesting support, and then work out a no-contact drop-off of whatever groceries, medications or other food or supplies were requested.
Senior Support Coalition
Neighbors, businesses and community organizations in the southern parts of the Westside have created a network specifically designed to offer support for seniors in the community.
Led by Westside Pacific Villages, the Senior Support Coalition also includes participation from my office, the Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation, LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Westchester, Covenant Presbyterian Church, YMCA Westchester, Culver Palms Meals on Wheels, and the Airport Marina Counseling Service. To support the coalition’s work, Westside Pacific Villages has generously offered its existing staff and infrastructure from its emergency response program to coordinate all requests from the broader senior community at no cost. Thanks to this support, the coalition is offering meal and essential errand deliveries, as well as regular social support calls to seniors in Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and Marina Del Rey.
Ground Game LA
Ground Game LA is a horizontally-managed, grassroots group, building community & electoral power in Los Angeles. Ground Game members are volunteers, staffers, and impacted community members across a broad range of neighborhoods, organizations, and campaigns.
As the coronavirus broke out and the Safer at Home order was issued, Ground Game began organizing a mutual aid network, which you can find out more about at https://www.groundgamela.org/covid19. Ground Game’s website also includes bilingual frequently asked questions and a variety of ways to request assistance.
Other Mutual Aid Efforts on the Westside
- All Together LA, Westside of Los Angeles, supporting seniors
- Grass Roots Neighbors, Venice, works to support unhoused neighbors
- Topanga Cares by the Topanga Community Center
- COVID-19 Compassion Task Force, Santa Monica
- Project Mask LA, makes and distributes protective face masks to those in need. Based in Venice.
- Village for Vets, offers food for veterans staying on the VA campus in Brentwood
- FoodCycleLA, offering food for families in need during the pandemic.
How to Set Up Mutual Aid
(shared from LA Forward)
- Start your own mutual aid network
- We highly recommend setting up a network at the hyper-local building, block, or neighborhood scale to create close ties and hyper-local connections.
- We will be adding steps and resources here to get you started. In the meantime, you can use Ground Game LA’s How to Start a Neighborhood Pod Guide.
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