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All the latest Civic Actions, Jobs, and Events. The Philly Civic Action Center is a hub of civic life in the Delaware Valley.

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Montgomery County community rapid response to the COVID outbreak through non-partisan organizing, action, and mutual aid. Please use this page in the spirit is is intended - that each of us have abilities and skills to help others in our community who may be in need. Whether you are offering help or asking for help from others, please take the appropriate precautions with your health and safety as you would with any online interaction. Thank you to everyone helping our community members! One-warning policy on disinfo/misinfo/minimization. First time is a warning, second time is a ban. 

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This group serves Delaware country as a way to offer or seek help for individuals and support local businesses and those seeking employment.  Born out of the need to aid one another during the pandemic, and hopefully to serve our communities beyond this unprecedented time.

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Donations can also be made thru money sharing services. Please make sure to include "PPAEF" in the note.
Venmo @patti_lustoned
Cashapp $tpcthebard

The Philadelphia Performing Artists' Emergency Fund was created amid the COVID-19 outbreak to assist performing artists whose income has been impacted by show cancellations, slowing ticket sales, and/or low turnout during this pandemic. We are coming together as a community to lift each other up, and ensure we all make it through this together. Emergency Funds can be requested by any Cabaret, Drag, Burlesque, Theater, or performance artists facing a financial hardship caused by COVID-19. Performance artists who need aid can apply here:

The cabaret and theater scenes in Philadelphia are diverse and vibrant safe spaces for many people in marginalized groups, and with the cancellation of public gatherings, our industry will be hit hard. Many performance artists rely on these public performances to pay their bills, and many have day jobs in the service industry, which has also been hit hard by the outbreak. Your donations can safeguard performers’ ability to pay their rent, buy groceries, and ensure they have lifesaving medications. So we encourage you to donate, even if it’s only $1. Every little bit helps!
Thank you,
Beary Tyler Moore
Icon Ebony Fierce
Patti Lustoned

Go Fund Me wants more information before we can receive funds! Here's some info for you.

-Who you are and where you’re from?
We are all multidisciplinary performers in the Philadelphia area. Beary and Patti work during the day in higher education. Icon is a full time performer. We all currently live in Philadelphia. We are all queer.

-Your relationship or contact to the intended recipients of your campaign’s donations?
We are collecting names of people who also work in performance related fields in Philadelphia. We are internally reviewing each application and giving money to those who meet the guidelines. We have already helped 25 people (as of 3/19/2020) through the kindness of venmo and cashapp donations. Many of these people applying are people we know from the drag/burlesque community, while others are people who found out about this fundraiser and applied for assistance.

-A clear explanation of how the donations will be spent:
Each dollar will go to helping an artist or someone working in the arts with paying their bills, paying for necessary medications and buying groceries.

-Your plan to get the campaign’s donations to the intended recipient(s):
In our form we ask for people's preferred method of delivery. We can provide funds through venmo, cashapp or PayPal. We have already helped 25 individuals (as of 3/19/2020) and look forward to helping more people.

Taylor Plunkett-Clements/Patti LuStoned will be solely responsible for withdrawing the funds from the GoFundMe campaign into her personal bank account. From there, she and Beary Tyler Moore and Icon Ebony Fierce are working together to distribute the funds. We are organizing this with google drive tools like the forms and spreadsheets, and everything is being documented.

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Many of us have our own support systems, families, friends and communities, who we will help and be helped by in challenging times. However, others do not. Local support networks are particularly important now that "social distancing" is critical for ALL people in order to prevent an acute community need for hospital use and to slow the spread of coronavirus. We would like to facilitate building a ‘hyper-local’ support network in our county.

In order to understand our neighborhood needs and our volunteer capacity, please fill out as much of this form as you can on behalf of yourself and especially neighbors who are not comfortable with using the internet/tech.

*the information you provide will be stored in a private spreadsheet, viewable only to the organizers. It won't be shared without your permission.

TO SEEK OR OFFER HELP for yourself or on behalf of neighbors in Lancaster in need, please join the COVID Mutual Aid - Lancaster PA Facebook Group or an analogous one in your neighborhood.

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(Español abajo) Berks Mutual Aid is a volunteer project organized and managed by Sunrise Berks and Berks Stands Up 

COVID-19 endangers all of us, but particularly the most vulnerable in our community – the sick and immunocompromised who are asked to stay home, working people who are losing wages when businesses close or reduce hours, and anyone experiencing financial hardship. The dysfunctions and disparities exposed by the pandemic only underscore just how badly we need a government that works for all of us. 

The good news is we have each other. Berks Stands Up and Sunrise Berks are working together on a system of mutual aid to serve all residents of Berks County.  

We have compiled a running list of information and services – everything from CDC guidelines on how to manage stress to where folks can go for free meals – and we’ll keep this list updated throughout the crisis. We also have a team of calm, friendly people ready to help match your needs with available resources. 

Mutual aid works both ways. Please fill out this form if you need help navigating the system AND/OR you are willing to help. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible, but please understand it may take a day or two. 


 Berks Ayuda Mutua es un proyecto voluntario organizado y administrado por Sunrise Berks y Berks Stands Up

 COVID-19 /coronavirus nos pone en peligro a todos, pero particularmente a los más vulnerables de nuestra comunidad: los enfermos y personas con el sistema inmunológico comprometido a quienes se les pide que se queden en casa. Tambien los trabajadores que pierden sus salarios cuando las empresas cierran o reducen las horas, y cualquier persona que sufra dificultades financieras. Las disfunciones y disparidades expuestas por la pandemia solo de muestra cuanto necesitamos un gobierno que trabaje para todos nosotros 

La buena noticia es que nos tenemos el uno al otro. Berks Stands Up y Sunrise Berks están trabajando juntos en un sistema de ayuda mutua para servir a todos los residentes del condado de Berks 

Hemos completado una lista de información y servicios -- desde las pautas del CDC sobre cómo manejar el estrés hasta dónde pueden ir las personas a comer gratis -- continuaremos actualizando esta lista durante esta crisis. Nosotros contamos con un equipo de personas tranquilas y amigables listas para ayudar a satisfacer sus necesidades con los recursos que tenemos disponibles. 

La ayuda mutua funciona en ambos sentidos. Complete este formulario si necesita ayuda para navegar el sistema. Asimismo si está dispuesto a ayudar. Nos pondremos en contacto con usted lo antes posible, pero tengan cuenta que esto puede tomar uno o dos días.

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"We must love each other & support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains." - Assata Shakur

WHO WE ARE: Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) is a Black, Brown, & Native-led group of community members & organizers involved with radical social justice organizations around the city. We are neighbors concerned about our communities and helping to make sure those most vulnerable and affected by COVID-19 get the help they need.

WHAT WE’RE DOING: We are matching people in need with neighbors able to help. We offer support getting folks groceries, medicine, and supplies. We are volunteer run, we are not funded, and our aid comes directly from the community.

WHO WE’RE PRIORITIZING: We are prioritizing those most vulnerable and affected by COVID-19 : the sick, elderly, disabled, undocumented, single parents, queer, Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color, those quarantined without pay, and those limited in work.

HOW THIS WORKS: When a request for aid is made, we go into our network of community members who have volunteered to help and find a volunteer that meets the requesters need. Once we match the person who made the request with the person/people who can provide support, we put y’all in touch and you figure out the details together from there.

OUR AID LIMITATIONS: We are neighbors helping neighbors. The aid provided comes from community support and solidarity. We cannot guarantee to meet each request but we will try our best to do so. We are not funded and we are not a government or medical agency. We are simply people connecting our neighbors who need help with our neighbors who can help.


OUR MODEL: Thank you to the rad folks at the Seattle Area Mutual Aid Solidarity Network for making the request form this form was modeled after. We have tweaked their version to meet what we think our needs are, and will continue changing as we learn and grow. If you have questions or want to chat about our model, email Neighbors Helping Neighbors at

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The Philadelphia Writers Emergency Fund is a donation-based resource to provide aid to writers, independent booksellers, and those who work at independent presses that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic (also known as coronavirus).

All three are vital pillars of the Philadelphia literary community and rely on in-public author events and everyday retail for their income. With the state- and city-mandated closure of nonessential retail and the limiting of public interactions, these revenue streams are likely to be curtailed for the weeks and months to come.

In order to protect the creative individuals and cultural institutions that give so much to our community, we ask that you consider making a tax-deductible donation to the emergency fund. Every dollar helps those experiencing financial uncertainty.

We reached $20,000 for Philly writers, indie booksellers, and indie press workers in need. Help us keep going! We are now offering rewards for donations including donors-only Zoom readings with some of Philly’s best authors, personal writing feedback from numerous award-winning authors, and tote bags stuffed with books from local authors and indie presses. You can help us reach our goal by donating here: 

This fund is for writers, booksellers, and individuals who work at independent presses that are based in the greater Philadelphia area. We define the greater Philadelphia area as Philadelphia County (PA), Delaware County (PA), Chester County (PA), Montgomery County (PA), Bucks County (PA), Burlington County (NJ), Camden County (NJ), Gloucester County (NJ), and New Castle County (DE).

If you have been affected by the cancellation or postponement of author events, conference presentations, and/or speaking engagements due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you are eligible to apply for the emergency fund.

If your pay or work schedule has been disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you are eligible to apply for the emergency fund. 

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IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE: TEXT 215-869-4753 or EMAIL We are a nationwide network, based in Philadelphia.

DONATE CHECK: Write and send check to PPEHRC/AFGJ 1505 W. Allegheny Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19132
DONATE SUPPLIES: in Philly, drop off canned goods and supplies to porch at United Steelworkers building, 1505 W. Allegheny Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19132 (near 15th and Allegheny Ave)
In another area outside Philly, contact us if you have food or supplies to donate and we will connect you with local people.

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Questions, updates or want to get involved?
Phone: national 215-869-4753 south: 727-278-1547
Instagram: @PPEHRC @LivesOverLuxury

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