In these difficult and unprecedented times, the Flushing Waterways communities have risen to the challenge. Through the spirit of mutual aid, a practice of collective solidarity, the communities that surround Flushing Bay and Creek have rallied together to support each other through the COVID-19 crisis. 

As an extension of our work allying with community leaders, fostering direct stewardship and advocating for resilient communities, Guardians of Flushing Bay is working alongside local leaders in East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Corona, Flushing and College Point to connect folks to COVID-19 mutual aid organizing. At its core, mutual aid is people taking care of each other. Mutual aid can take the form of childcare support, food drop off for a homebound senior, or website help for local businesses. A group might be organized on a spreadsheet, slack, Facebook or a text chain. It could be as big as the people in your apartment building, the neighbors on your block, or the residents in your neighborhood. You know your group, you choose the model that works best. 


Below is a compilation of COVID-19 mutual aid efforts that are specific to our Flushing Waterways watershed communities. If you don't see a group near you, consider starting one and tell us about it! Here’s a Mutual Aid How to Guide from Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez to help you get started.

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