Trinity Mutual Aid raises $ 3,000 at the community market – Trinitonian
The organizers got creative when planning the event
If you had walked into What’s Brewing Roastery and Cafe on Saturday, September 11, you would immediately have been enveloped by the aroma of roasted coffee and the tinkle of pinball machines.
The real action, however, could be found at the back of the warehouse, where you would join the hustle and bustle of people choosing second-hand clothes, homemade art, stickers, and potted plants. All of these products were for sale at the Trinity Mutual Aid Market, and all of the funds Trinity Mutual Aid made from that market went to help the local community in San Antonio.
University of Georgia doctoral student Joel Izlar defines caring in the University of Georgia School of Social Work newsletter. Caring is “when ordinary people come together to meet the needs of others, with the common understanding that the systems we live in do not meet our needs and that we can meet them together, right now, without having to put pressure on power structures to do the right thing. “
The Trinity Mutual Aid event satisfied the community element of caring. Every part of the event was organized by the members of Trinity Mutual Aid themselves, without any institutional support.
Victoria Henretty, founding member of Trinity Mutual Aid, a senior anthropologist and Russian double major, explains that Trinity Mutual Aid is not an official Registered Student Organization (RSO) at Trinity. Trinity’s decision to deny Trinity Mutual Aid official organization status has sparked some controversy, especially among club members.
“I want to make it clear that we are not a club. We’re actually a nonprofit now, not just because of the clarification, but because the school has explicitly asked us not to be affiliated with them. Despite the fact that they use us for their publications like their magazine, we are not allowed to operate on campus. I just thought it was important to point that out because Trinity simultaneously pushed us off campus, while also sharing our accomplishments, ”said Henretty.
Since they had no institutional support, Trinity Mutual Aid single-handedly found the location of the market, What’s Brewing, by reaching out to local businesses they believed would be interested in their cause.
“We tried to think of local businesses that would be open to partnering with a left-wing organization. We contacted a bunch of different cafes, mostly because they are known to work with the community, and What’s Brewing was very interested, ”said Henretty.
According to What’s Brewing owner Sami Chbeir, What’s Brewing lives up to the reputation of cafes keen to work with the community.
“I know the profits go to the homeless and different families in need, but frankly we just heard that there was a chance to do something with the community, and you know, we usually jump on it. “said Chbeir.
What’s Brewing was particularly interested in working with Trinity Mutual Aid due to the brewery’s investment in the community of San Antonio, which has been rooted in the area for nearly 40 years.
For the event itself, Trinity Mutual Aid relied on its creative force.
“So we all love fashion individually. We’re just thinking, what can we do for a fun event? And we’ve filed before, we’ve sold art before, and we’ve sold jewelry. And we thought, what if we got down to clothes? Said Henriette.
While the members of Trinity Mutual Aid did much of the work themselves, they also got input from members of the Trinity community.
“What if we would pick out some fun stuff or look in our closets and ask our friends to donate their clothes too, and sell them to raise money, especially because there are a lot of people in San Antonio who love the fashion, ”said Henretty.
Overall, What’s Brewing and the members of Trinity Mutual Aid raised $ 3,000 to support the community of San Antonio. This money will be used to help community members.
“From neighbor to neighbor, we’ll help you meet your needs and distribute the wealth to your neighbors,” said Henretty.