ABOUT THE SPACE
The Mutual Aid Disaster Distro is an autonomous space for organizing mutual aid relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Within the warehouse, volunteers can find like-minded friends to work along side with, share initiatives, and help develop projects to support those most affected by the storm. Here's what a regular day inside of the distro can look like:
- picking up supplies and driving out east
- helping sort and catalogue inventory
- preparing loads to be driven out east
- organizing a supply drive in your local park
- or building communication platforms to help reach other potential supporters
The MAD Distro is not an "organization" - volunteers won't find a top-down command structure here, and no one will be handing you your marching orders for the day. It's best instead to understand the distro as a communal open space, one where there are always tasks to be done or possibilities to explore. What matters here is a willingness to take the initiative when you see something that needs doing, horizontal communication so that folx know what you're working on, and a desire to begin your own support projects. Nor is anyone here a "professional." The vast majority of people coming through the space have never done this kind of work before, but through sharing experience, skills, and our time, we're learning how we can support each other and survivors of the storm together.
From Hurricane Harvey in Houston to Hurricane Urma in Puerto Rico, experience proves that this method of organizing works significantly better than state institutions like FEMA. In the last week alone, volunteers working within the space and across a network of groups have helped move tens of thousands of supplies across the state of so-called North Carolina. We've coordinated shipments in Wilmington, Lumberton, Kinston/New Bern, Duplin, Clinton, Brunswick, and other areas that lie in the flood plains. We've been able to do this through building a network of drop-sites, pickup and box trucks, motorboats, and even airplanes.
This space is dedicated towards mutual aid, not charity. Those affected by the floodwaters know exactly what they need, and our efforts are aimed at listening to those voices, building connections with them, and supporting them as they ask us to. An extremely long history of systemic racism has taught us that in times like these, we cannot count on the state to support us or others who are marginalized. We've prioritized reaching out to indigenous communities, working-class people of color, migrant farm-worker communities, and the rural poor. We keep us safe!
== UPDATE ==
Hey everyone! We wanted to update folks and let y'all know that as of November 28, our operation at the M@D Distro has been shut down. Our position as a gathering place for supplies, resources, and people became less useful, as it's been easier to get things directly to hurricane-impacted areas, and as fewer supplies were rolling in from this area. We hope that this project has been a useful space for folks to gather, distribute supplies, and dream about building resilience to the disasters of this world. In that spirit, we sent some of the money we gathered to our friends distributing supplies in Lumberton, so they could buy food and supplies needed out there, and sent the money that we gather in the hope of purchasing a box truck to autonomous folks working with the migrant caravan down at the border.
Thank you so much to all the folks who have made this project possible! The amazing outpouring of time, supplies, skills, and support from all of y'all makes us feel more firmly that another world is possible - a world without climate disaster, white supremacy, borders, capitalism, cisheteropatriarchy, or the state.
== END UPDATE ==
Please bring items from the list below to our drop-off site at 800 Henderson Street, Durham, NC between 12PM and 7PM, Tues - Sun. We will get all donated items to Hurricane impacted communities, usually within 24 hours. Our focus is on serving those most in need, those lacking the resources to purchase provisions themselves, and those not adequately served by large government or national non-profit relief efforts.
- If you would like to make a monetary contribution, you may make a tax-deductible donation through our partner Mutual Aid Carrboro through Venmo: @mutualaid-carrboro).
- You can also donate to the Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice through Venmo: @interfaithclimatejustice (please designate in a note that the donation is for Lumberton disaster relief) or Mutual Aid Disaster Relief through Venmo: @mutualaiddisasterrelief.
- If you like, you can purchase items from our Amazon Wish List and have them delivered to our Distro, or you can support our GoFundMe to purchase a box-truck for deliveries.
Here is a list of additional drop-sites across the state where you can leave donations:
- Durham Food Co-op, 1111 W Chapel Hill St, Durham NC 27701 • Sun-Sat 9AM-9PM
- Club Boulevard Elementary School, 400 W. Club Bldv, Durham NC • Mon-Fri 8AM-3PM
- E.K. Powe Elementary School, 913 9th St, Durham NC • Mon-Fri 8AM-6PM
- Southwest Elementary School, 2320 Cook Rd, Durham NC • Mon-Fri 8AM-3:30PM
- Carolina Friends School, 404-A Alexander Ave, Durham NC • MTTF 6AM-5PM
- Zog's Pool Hall, 108 Henderson St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 • Mon-Sat 3PM-11PM
- Chatham Marketplace, 480 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC 27312 • Sun 10AM-5PM, Mon-Sat 7AM-9PM
- Chapel Hill County Visitors Bureau, 501 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
- Steel String Brewery, 106 S Greensboro St, Carrboro NC 27510 • Sun 12PM-12AM, Mon-Sat 4PM-12AM
Nonperishable, shelf-stable food items
(cans + manual can opener, protein bars, etc.)
Food appropriate for a Mexican, Honduran or el Salvadoran diet
(maza flour, beans, adobo, sweet high calorie foods, sprite, fruit cups, tortillas, canned vegetables, bags of rice)
Adult, kids, & baby clothes
Travel sized toothpaste
Toiletries including dental supplies, shampoo
Tampons and pads
(child and adult)
(new in packaging)
Underwear, socks, and sports bras
First aid supplies and factory sealed medicines, esp. Insulin
Bed pillows and blankets
Work gloves, utility and latex/nitrile gloves
Batteries & USB backup batteries for charging phones
Trash bags, heavy duty clean up bags
General construction tools, equipment, safety equipment, safety clothes, work boots
Respirators with filters
Also, please consider volunteering with the Episcopal Farm Worker Ministry to help affected migrant worker camps in Dunn.