Created by Oakland for Oakland

Under resourced communities, particularly Black, Indigenous, Latinx, immigrant, and low-income communities, are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19

Vulnerable communities, particularly Black, Indigeoneous, Latinx, other immigrant, and low-income communities, are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.  These communities already had less favorable health outcomes and less generational wealth before the pandemic.  As a result of the pandemic, some of these communities could face an existential threat.

We must ensure every member of our society has access to the PPE and health information to protect themselves and their families during this pandemic.  The access to a mask, enabling one to breathe healthy air, could be the most fundamental issue of equity we observe today.

The Oakland Mutual Aid Collective, established in April 2020, is a partnership between Council President Pro Tem Sheng Thao, Dr. Connie Wun of AAPI Women Lead, the UCSF Center for Child and Community Health, the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the UCSF Black Women’s Health and Livelihood Initiative. Together with the community we have:

  • Fundraised for, procured and distributed tens of thousands of masks, gloves and hand sanitizer for under-resourced, marginalized and vulnerable communities in Oakland.
  • Supported the development and distribution of public health information in English and Spanish at the start of the pandemic
  • Mobilized and organized community volunteers to support this effortthrough mutual aid kit assembly

Who we serve

Phase 1

In the first phase, the Oakland Mutual Aid Collective partnered with a union-backed vendor to procure 2,500 masks to be rapidly distributed across Oakland’s most impacted communities. This rapid response effort targeted unhoused, BLM protestors, senior/elder communities, and food banks.

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Phase 2

 In the second phase, the Oakland Mutual Aid Collective continued supporting unhoused communities as well as expanded support for student families, small businesses and underserved communities through procurement and distribution of 11,000 additional masks

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Phase 3

In the third phase, the Collective will distribute 30,000 primarily focused on youth, low-income families, early childcare providers and unhoused communities.

In this phase we will be discussing with grassroots community groups of additional ways to support long term health and safety in Oakland.

Our Success


Since our start in April 2020 we have distributed over 51,000 disposable surgical masks to Oaklanders.


100% of donated funds go to purchasing PPE and outreach materials.


We have distributed over half of our goal of 30,000 reusable washable cloth masks.

We work directly with other mutual aid groupd, community leaders, activists and individuals to get PPE out into our most vulnerable neighborhoods. You put on the request for PPE and we will reach out when we procure enough resources to fulfill your request. Our team will deliver directly to your space in Oakland!

About Us

We are a women of color intergenerational lead initiative.

We are made by Oakland for Oakland.

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1086 54th Street
Oakland, California 94608
United States