Structure

Teams and Projects

Lane County Mutual Aid consists of varying teams which facilitate mutual aid projects throughout the community. Each team is responsible for the organizing which sustains its projects, including meetings, notes, outreach and internal communication. Projects — the fruits of each team — express LCMA’s mission and principles in the broader community, and provide connection between individuals and/or groups. New teams and/or projects may be created as approved through the decision making process. Each team has a convener and many collaborate with bottomliners to ensure team-specific tasks are completed.

Facilitation Team

Responsible for the care of the overall structure of Lane County Mutual Aid, the Facilitation Team ensures that LCMA teams and projects have access to the tools and support needed to sustain themselves. This includes, but is not limited to, convening general LCMA meetings and supporting internal communications, checking in with individual organizers and volunteers and promoting healthy group dynamic, and creating new proposals, roles and other structural adaptations to help keep LCMA a viable and sustainable group.

Ongoing projects
  • General gatherings
  • Developing structure, process and internal systems

Aid Coordination Team

The Aid Coordination Team receives and processes individual requests and offers for support – including material and financial, and other types of person-to-person support.

Ongoing projects
Past projects
  • Individual fundraising
  • NAACP & LCMA Financial Assistance Fund

Neighborhood Networks Team

This team supports the proliferation of Neighborhood Pods – an organized group of neighbors – throughout the Lane County region. The team additionally recruits Neighborhood Point People (cultivators of Neighborhood Pods), and empowers Neighborhood Pods to build connection with individuals in their area and Neighborhood Pods across the region.

Ongoing Projects
Past Projects
  • Bread and Roses

Volunteer Outreach Team

In the interest of continuing the work of mutual aid and building capacity within the organizing base of LCMA, the Volunteer Outreach Team maintains lists of internal volunteer roles, and recruits and onboards individuals to fill those positions. Honoring the principle of multitudinal means of involvement, Team Volunteer Outreach matches individuals with roles that suit their skills and interests while building up the capacity of LCMA as a whole.

Media Team

The Media Team maintains LCMA social media presences on facebook and instagram, and creates content and graphics for these platforms. Outreach to traditional media, such as newspapers and radio, is also supported by this team.

Hunger Strike Support Team

Originally formed to broadcast updates and organize support for hunger striking pre-trial prisoners within the Lane County Jail in the summer of 2020, Hunger Strike Support continues to collaborate with prison abolition groups throughout the northwest and advocate for imprisoned persons who are fighting to survive the COVID-19 pandemic behind bars.

Ongoing Projects

 

LCMA Past Projects

  • Seeds of Resistance (in collaboration with NAACP, providing garden kits)
  • Street Outreach
  • Rent Strike

Money

LCMA is not a 501c3 organization, and seeks to partner with groups to access financial infrastructure, donations, and facilitate direct giving to neighbors. When establishing fiscal partnerships, LCMA seeks to be transparent with collaborators, contributors and recipients about the collection and flow of funds. Records of group finances are publically available and protect the privacy of individuals. No one volunteering through LCMA receives payment for organizing, though individuals may seek reimbursement for supplies purchased, fuel, or other costs accrued in the completion of mutual aid tasks.

The NAACP has one paid position for the maintenance of the Distro Hub. This individual helps to stock supplies, organizes distribution, and collaborates with LCMA, its volunteers and incoming requests for support. LCMA does not fundraise for or contribute to wages paid to this position, as the individual is an employee of the NAACP.

Monetary donations made to Lane County Mutual Aid and its affiliate projects (including collaborative projects with the NAACP and Eugene Mennonite Church) are not tax-deductible.

Meetings and Communication

Meetings

LCMA teams and projects meet regularly to discuss items of operation. Members of teams are encouraged to seek and offer advice (see Decision Making Process) during meetings, and establish next steps to move projects forward. For reasons of mutual accountability and transparency, each team hosts a monthly meeting, though working groups may meet more frequently as needed. The broader LCMA organizing body meets monthly for a General Meeting.

With respect to health safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings are conducted online through Jitsi, a free video conferencing platform. Occasionally, in-person meetings may be necessary, and COVID safety is strongly encouraged.

Slack

Slack is LCMA’s preferred organizing platform. This is where we make internal announcements, and engage in the decision-making processes in part, or in full. Teams and projects have their own channels to communicate internally, and with other projects and teams. Participation in the platform is open to individuals who wish to contribute to organizing with LCMA.

Email and Social Media

The central email account for LCMA is [email protected]. There are multiple other email accounts attached to lanemutualaid.org webmail accounts, facilitating more specific communications from some projects and teams.

LCMA has a Facebook page separate from and unaffiliated with the Lane County Mutual Aid group. LCMA is also active on Instagram (@lanemutualaid). The Hunger Strike team has an active Twitter account (@eughungerstrike). All social media and email accounts are moderated by organizers active with LCMA projects or teams.