Montclair Mutual Aid came about at a critical time — as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the needs in the community that were not being served elsewhere.
By late spring the group’s community organizing resulted in a community garden; Montclair Mutual Aid also began to partner with organizations such as Toni’s Kitchen, Montclair Moms of Color and the Northeast Earth Coalition.
Solidarity, Not Charity
Montclair Mutual Aid has tackled food insecurity with Little Free Food Pantries and free food and music events. The group has brought the community together with a free books and ice cream event and spread joy to families in need during the holiday season.
Montclair Mutual Aid keeps growing and evolving to address a wide range of community needs and make an impact, forming new committees as new issues are identified.
The group met Sunday at Glenfield Park for a socially distant celebration that was live-streamed for members and others interested and watching from home.
Montclair Mutual Aid member Aminah Toler says her reason for joining the group was to ensure that people who live in the 4th ward would not be forgotten about.
“There’s a lot of people in our community who need help. I joined to make sure no one was overlooked, no one was forgotten about,” says Toler.
Watch the video below to learn more about the diverse group of people who work together to help others through Montclair Mutual Aid. And if you are interested in joining, visit Montclair Mutual Aid on Facebook.
Montclair Mutual Aid is also celebrating with an online art auction.