During the pandemic, SYC became a hub for mutual aid and now continues quickly to meet on-the-ground community needs through the DC Mutual Aid hotline. Activating more than 80 partners and 100 volunteers across the city, it uses a grassroots approach to redistributing resources like basic needs, money, and skills. Volunteers respond to calls and deliver in person what housed and unhoused neighbors need — food, internet service, free COVID-19 testing, housing referrals, and other critical resources. Youth participate in tutoring and extra-curricular activities like yoga and aquatics that are offered by community members; they even learn how to refurbish — and redistribute — computers. Community organizers advocate for fundamental systems change by testifying before the DC Council and educating residents about the city budget and local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. Everyone has something they need — and everyone has something to contribute.
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