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Covid-19 Mutual Aid Survival Fund For The People
$10,800 raised
72% of $15k goal
145 contributors
56 Weeks running

Our love for God and neighbor is greater than the federal government's lack of planning. 

The Catholic Worker House has created a a COVID19 Mutual Aid plan to organize on-going material support for immigrant, refugee, homeless, very poor, disabled, and unemployed workers in Iowa City who may be negatively impacted by a potential pandemic.

This plan includes delivering food and supplies to shut-in families, other forms of mental/emotional support, an online organizing strategy, and the maintenance of all essential and emergency services provided by or delivered at our house of hospitality during this crisis period. 

We act alongside global movements to show the nation and the world that our communities take care of each other - from Iowa's culture of neighborliness to a radical christian culture of Loving Thy Neighbor. We reject the ideology and idolatry of Greed to guide our actions. All we need are Christ's healing love and compassion for one another - and maybe a little righteous anger!

We act in solidarity, social justice, AND charity. We know that homeless and undocumented communities will be one of the most vulnerable groups with the least government support.

In the absence of larger structural changes, our efforts will not be nearly enough to mitigate the effects of an outbreak here locally. That is why in addition to social services, we also support workplace, neighborhood, tenant, and community organizing efforts to win paid time off, expanded unemployment and food stamp benefits, emergency Medicaid for all who need it, the opening of neighborhood testing centers and aid distribution centers, and a moratorium on deportations, evictions, foreclosures, sweeps, and new jail bookings.

The direct, mutual aid caring work involved in these efforts requires material resources; and ideally those should be provided by the big corporations, insurance companies, real-estate developers, war profiteers, and politicians from both political parties who have made Iowa and the country prone to such a crisis through decades of neoliberal deregulation, privatization, and 1% tax cuts.

In the absence of action by the oligarchy, the billionaire class, and the federal government, it will be up to us to fill the gaps: the multi-racial working-class and grassroots, everyday Iowans, working together in the spirit of solidarity, and through our own democratically-controlled organizations, labor unions, and intentional communities.

Please join us and give generously today. God bless you!

The Iowa City Catholic Worker is an intentional, faith-based community of everyday people in Iowa City and Johnson County. This project is a result of a love for community, God, and country. We are a collection of volunteers with a community land trust and a house of hospitality, not an incorporated nonprofit. That means no overhead, no administrative fees, no salaries, no wages, and no stipends. Every dollar you donate will go directly towards groceries, supplies, and material aid during this period of uncertainty and hardship.

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