Combating the Coronavirus Together

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing many of us to stay home while others with essential jobs are asked to risk their health to keep our society running. It's a difficult and stressful time. Although we are all asked to practice social distancing, this doesn't mean we can't also practice generosity, kindness, and solidarity. Below you will find ways you can help your neighbors during this time:

Mutual Aid SW

Give Blood with the Red Cross

Volunteer with Waterfront Village

AnchorMutual Aid in Southwest

The Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network is partnering with Christ United Methodist Church in hosting a Community Food and Supply Drive to help our neighbors in meeting the challenges of COVID-19. 

Donations will be collected at Christ United Methodist Church at 900 4th St. SW:

  • Wednesdays from 4-6 pm

  • Saturdays from 12-2 pm

They are seeking donations of:

  • Food: shelf staples (soup, cereal, pasta, bread, etc.); fresh fruits & vegetables

  • Personal Care: soap, shampoo, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, diapers, wipes

  • Cleaning Supplies: disinfectant spray and wipes, gloves, bleach, trash bags

  • Children’s Goods: books, cards, art supplies, working or broken laptops

  • Monetary Donations: donate via PayPal at (indicate Mutual Aid)

Want to sponsor a donation box in your building, to make it easier and safer for people to help?   Volunteer?    Just learn more?
Email Karen at for SW-specific questions. 

Contact the Mutual Aid Network at for other questions.

If you or someone you know has a critical need, call the Mutual Aid Hotline at 202-683-9962.

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AnchorGiving Blood with the Red Cross

Blood drives across the country have been canceled due to the coronavirus, but patients' need for blood hasn't gone down. We can still give blood at Red Cross donation centers. Indeed—Scott went and gave blood at the Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center (at 17th & E streets NW) this morning.

If you are healthy and you feel comfortable traveling, we invite you to consider giving blood. You can schedule an appointment here: or with the Blood Donor app available on your mobile phone.

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Volunteering with Waterfront Village

Waterfront Village is a neighborhood member organization focused on assisting residents 62 years and older age in the Southwest DC and Navy Yard neighborhood. Our members are among those facing the most severe consequences if they contract COVID-19.  As part of our support of these seniors , the Waterfront Village is providing grocery shopping and delivery services to members on every Monday and Friday for the next six week (perhaps longer).  We are looking for additional shoppers. Shopping is done at 7:15 a.m. to avoid crowds, which also fits the schedules of many volunteers who are currently working from home.  To volunteer, please contact the Village by calling 202-656-1834 or by email at:

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