Colorado College Mutual Aid Fund

Monetary Aid Through Campus Closure and Zoom Town Hall

September 15, 2020

We are reaching out to you as fellow members of the Colorado College community. This message comes from the student organizers of the recently created Colorado College Mutual Aid Fund, an entirely student-run fund created by students, for students. Your gift to this fund will go directly to students in need to cover necessary expenses such as rent and grocery bills.

 

Colorado College Mutual Aid draws on a long history of communities supporting each other in times of crisis and working to help community members meet basic needs that are not adequately met by current systems by creating new ones. Our immediate goal is to raise funds to alleviate financial stress that has arisen due to the past, present, and future hardships of 2020. Our long-term goal is to create a mutual aid network that is not limited to monetary aid in order to adapt to the ever-changing nature of need within the CC community. Mutual aid is based in solidarity, not charity. It is a non-conditional investment in the community by other members of that community.  

 

Through a grassroots social media campaign, we raised and redistributed over $37,000 in the past month, mainly through donations under $100 from current students, as well as from alumni, parents, and other family members related to the Colorado College community. The support has been immense, and we are so grateful for every donation we have received so far, no matter the amount.

 

To fully fund the rest of our 104 student applicants, we need approximately $150,000 more. The average amount students requested from our fund was $1,800, and these funds are mainly to be used for groceries, rent, utilities, travel to and from campus, technology for online classes, and medical bills. As the recent partial closure of campus has put many students in difficult situations once again, we are reaching out today to ask that you support our student community with whatever amount of monetary aid you are comfortable giving at this time

 

Transparency is important to our group and we want to make sure that you all feel comfortable donating. As such, we will be hosting a Zoom webinar at 3 p.m. MST on Thursday, Sept. 17th. You may register here. You will have the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have in real time on this Zoom; we will also be joined by William Schiffelbein, the Director of Annual Giving.

 

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or more, please do not hesitate to contact us at coloradocollegemutualaid@gmail.com.  

 

Our Mission Statement

August 28, 2020

Colorado College Mutual Aid draws on a long history of communities supporting each other in times of crisis and working to help community members meet basic needs that are not adequately met by current systems by creating new ones. Our immediate goal is to raise funds to alleviate financial stress that has arisen due to the hardships of 2020. Our long term goal is to create a mutual aid network not limited to monetary aid to adapt to the ever-changing nature of need within our community. Mutual aid is based in solidarity, not charity. It is a non-conditional investment in the community by other members of that community.

 

As of today, we have redistributed over $36,000 to 104 CC students, with remaining need totaling over $150,000. 24% of CC students come from the top 1% and 78% of students from the top 20%, with the highest median parent income of all US colleges. As such, our community has the potential to benefit greatly from redistribution of some of that wealth to ensure that every student can prioritize academic success and learning without having to worry about food security or safe housing. We are calling on community members with class privilege to go beyond superficial donations and meaningfully use their access to wealth and resources to stand in solidarity with fellow members of the CC community.

 

If you have any questions or want to get involved in organizing, please email coloradocollegemutualaid@gmail.com. We strive to be inclusive of all input and as transparent as possible throughout the collection and redistribution of this fund. We encourage you to engage in this work in whatever capacity you are able to and to hold us accountable.

 

Sources/Further Reading: 

https://bigdoorbrigade.com/what-is-mutual-aid/ 

http://www.deanspade.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Mutual-Aid-Article-Social-Text-Final.pdf

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/college-mobility/colorado-college

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