A Racial Justice Toolkit for Direct Support in Crises
Direct support is long-term, sustained care for people in crisis. We are reimagining the traditional tools of direct giving and philanthropy to create a community-sustained model that’s more than just a transaction. (This is why we do not call it direct giving.)
Direct support empowers people and communities to connect and share resources without government entities and nonprofit organizations. Direct support meets the needs of communities vulnerable under the Trump administration, proactively ensuring families have what they need to prepare for crises. Direct support is most especially relevant during the hurricane season. (The strategies and tools in this kit were tested before, during, and after Hurricane Irma.)
We focus on hurricane support in the United States (including Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands) and how to directly support communities impacted by the 2018 hurricane season. Through social media; online tools like Amazon registries, chat apps, and mobile cash-sharing apps, we can radically build Maroonage. Support includes but is not limited to: funding, supplies, and skill-sharing and is the short-term and long-term.
Other ways to get involved in Direct Support and build Maroonage:
- Arrange a one-on-one online toolkit training with Brittany and Annie. Email email@example.com if you’re interested.
- Donate to the 2018 Hurricane Direct Support GoFundMe to raise funds for Black and Brown communities in high-risk hurricane areas. Preparation saves lives! We’re getting ahead of the game and raising funds and sending much-needed resources to folks in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and more. (Brittany and the Coalition’s 2017 Hurricane Irma Solidarity Network successfully raised over $10,000 for directly impacted folks in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Before most nonprofits and government agencies did.)
- If you live in a high-risk hurricane area and would like to receive direct support to prepare, fill out the form below. All information you share is private unless specifically needed for fundraising efforts.
- Share these links with #buildMAROONAGE
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