American Friends Service Committee has partnered with Occupy Our Homes Atlanta to provide volunteers and supplies in the effort to experiment with mutual aid projects.
We plan to work with residents to identify streets that have an abundance of trash, many times vacant homes are used as unauthorized dumping spots for folks inside and outside the community. Once we have chosen our next clean-up site we will work with volunteers and community members to go door to door and invite the folks on the street to join us for a mutual aid project.
After trash is picked up we facilitate a brief meeting on the concept of mutual aid and try to identify skills folks may have to share with their neighbors. One hope is that other mutual aid projects will come out of these simple clean ups.
The goal is two clean-ups per months, with means 24 streets this year. I thinks it's going to be a great way to get a deeper understanding of the Pittsburgh community and build stronger relationships the the neighborhood.
If you're interested in helping out in our mutual aid project by investing your time or donation clean-up supplies please call or email me:)