Mutual Aid & Volunteer Opportunities

Several organizations are helping people during the COVID-19 crisis. Do a search for “mutual aid” in your area to see what resources might be near you. Please send us others in your area if you know of them. Read about how “an explosion of mutual aid networks is happening online.”



Offer Mutual Aid in the Lansing Area: 


Sign Up for Aid in the Lansing Area:

If you or your family lives in the Greater Lansing area and is in need of aid, fill out this form


Virtual Volunteer Opportunities:

The MSU Center for Community Engaged Learning is compiling ways to get involved in the local community—and beyond—by participating as a virtual volunteer through one of the opportunities. Find your perfect  opportunity by exploring these options: 


East Lansing Neighbors and Communities Help Each Other:

This group assists college students who have had classes/campuses shut down, helps families who are confronting the reality that schools are closed, and helps others in the community.


Assist the Greater Lansing Native Community:

Nokomis Learning Center is only taking monetary donations due to restricted travel. Contact RCAH Professor Estrella Torrez or Angie Sanches via text or call at 231-642-0114. If you need supplies, contact the Nokomis Learning Center at 517-349-5777.

Assist Latinx Community Members in Need

Voces de la Comunidad and Casa De Rosado, two local Lansing area community organizations, are distributing necessities to Latinx community members in need, with a specific focus on undocumented families. RCAH Professor Estrella Torrez is working with them in their efforts. If you are able, please donate a few dollars to their efforts and reach out to Estrella with any questions. More information.


Greater Lansing COVID-19 Mutual Aid and Resources:

Comprehensive listing of resources in Greater Lansing.


Sheltering Unsafely? Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline:

If you are sheltering in an unsafe environment, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224 or by visiting


Volunteer To Help: Sign up here.


Arts Funders Offer Emergency Artist Relief Fund

A coalition of national arts grantmakers, consisting of Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists, announces the launch of Artist Relief, which will provide rapid, unrestricted $5,000 relief grants to assist artists facing dire financial emergencies due to the impact of COVID-19.

The fund will launch with $10 million, consisting of $5 million in seed funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation matched with $5 million in initial contributions from an array of foundations across the United States. Contact Dean Stephen Esquith or Director of RCAH Development Elizabeth McCarthy Musil for more information.