During this incredibly hard time, Be Interactive is sounding the call for our Ambassadors to step up and give back to their communities, as representatives of the kind of love and giving that are the hallmarks of the Bassnectar community, and the kind of change we know is possible in our world.
Ambassadors have completed over 50 projects since the pandemic lockdowns began in the US, with many volunteering for free, and using our grant as an opportunity to donate supplies to local charities.
Initially, this project began as we heard from Ambassadors who were having a bit of a hard time, and because they give so much to us, we wanted to give a little back to them.
Ambassadors who worked a show in 2019 were first invited to apply for a micro grant to do five hours of paid community work in their own homes or towns. For those five hours, they could request $100 in compensation to help with groceries or rent. We also offered a $100 budget for supplies if an Ambassador wanted to sew masks, make a supply donation to a local charity, or needed gas to drive deliveries.
Thanks to the generosity of the Bassnectar community, this offer was quickly expanded to all Ambassadors, and many more took up the call to make a difference in their communities.
And thanks once again to the generosity of the Bassnectar community in ordering the limited edition Empathy fundraiser t-shirt, we are now developing a further expansion of Giving Cycle Micro Grants to keep the Ambassador community actively giving back throughout 2020.
Join the effort
If you are financially secure, you are welcome to donate via one of the options on our donation page.
Whoever you are, do your own projects in solidarity.
Throughout the country, like in any major disaster, communities are coming together to meet their own needs in an effort called “mutual aid.” Mutual aid is defined as a voluntary reciprocal exchange of resources and services for mutual benefit, and it’s a major part of the response of cities like New York to this crisis. It isn’t governed by slow or out of touch politicians or bureaucratic systems, it’s everyday people choosing to empower ourselves to act. Almost every city in the country now has a mutual aid group. Here are some resources for finding yours, or doing a project if you live in an area without one.
Image via @tomsepe
This map, and this spreadsheet list mutual aid groups by city. By joining your city’s mutual aid group, you will immediately see needs in your own community that you can meet, whether they be volunteering for a resource phone line for incarcerated people, going grocery shopping for a neighbor who is ill, delivering 3D printed face shields to local hospitals, or something else. The needs in each community are unique.
While mutual aid groups are the best resource to meet immediate needs on a small scale, you can also volunteer without a mutual aid group by doing the following:
If you can sew or cut fabric for someone else to sew, consider making masks.
If you are able to drive, consider volunteering for your local meals on wheels to assist the elderly, who are in dire need.
If you are able to give blood, consider signing up to donate at a drive near you.
If you are able to make a longer term commitment to become a mental health volunteer with Crisis Text Line, apply now.
There are also additional efforts listed on this spreadsheet, with categories like elder care, healthcare worker support, transgender/queer support, and opportunities to advocate for essential service workers who are bearing the greatest risk outside of healthcare, to keep the world fed and safe. Some of the links on the spreadsheet will lead to opportunities to be of service.
We will get through this, together, by loving one another like sister and brother.