WHO WE ARE
Lincoln Square Ravenswood Solidarity Network is a group of neighbors working together to help our community stay healthy, fed, and in their homes. LSRSN is part of a city-wide mutual aid network, organized into groups by area of the city. We all live in Lincoln Square and Ravenswood and we focus our efforts right here in our neighborhoods. We know that the pandemic and uprisings have sparked economic, health, and other hardships and we offer a variety of supports to help neighbors through this time.
We also understand that our neighborhoods have access to more resources than some more vulnerable areas of the city. Knowing that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected communities of color—particularly Black communities—we redistribute supplies and a percentage of our donations to groups serving those neighborhoods.
We welcome you to get involved by requesting support or offering support.
WHAT IS MUTUAL AID?
Solidarity, not charity.
Mutual aid is powerful but simple. It seeks to meet the basic needs of every member of the community by matching those who need something with those who have something to contribute. In a mutual aid group, each person has a voice in decision-making and equal access to the resources and benefits available. Because of its hyper-local structure, mutual aid can respond quickly and directly to the needs of a community.
Everyone in the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Solidarity Network collectively shoulders the responsibility of caring for each other and our neighbors. Together, we can not only weather this storm but build a new system of support that is just, personal, and sustainable.