WickedLocal Watertown – Mutual aid network launches in Watertown

WickedLocal Watertown – Mutual aid network launches in Watertown

This article was originally published in WickedLocal Watertown on May 13, 2020

The Watertown Community Foundation’s Community Resilience Fund has teamed with Wayside Youth & Family Support Network to fund a new part-time community coordinator, Sophia Suarez-Friedman, who has created Watertown’s Mutual Aid Network.

Through the Mutual Aid Network, connections between individuals in need with resources and volunteers who can help are being made. Aid includes providing cleaning and safety supplies, personal care items, clothing, food and delivery, translation services, social support, care packages, transportation, housing, storage, childcare, activities for kids, dog walking, tutoring and technology support.

Since its launch, 20 community members have requested aid, and more than 40 residents have signed up to help. Watertown residents who know of a neighbor in need are encouraged to let them know that there are people ready to help.

Suarez-Friedman, a Master of Social Work candidate at Boston College, has been a clinical intern with Wayside’s Multi-Service Center for the past year. She will add the duties of coordinator as she completes her clinical work.

For information, visit http://bit.ly/watertownmutualaid or http://watertownfoundation.org.

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