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Caring for community, caring for ourselves

Published on Apr 22, 2020

Astraea’s blog, Resourcing Resilience: On healing, hard times, and staying hopeful, is Astraea’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In our first post, we share resources on mutual aid, queer funding opportunities, work from home, and letting go of productivity.

Caring for community, caring for ourselves

Astraea’s blog, Collective Care Blog: Building the Power & Resilience of LBTQI Movements Now & for the Long Haul, is Astraea’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. As a feminist LBTQI funder, we believe it is our responsibility to shed light on the ways our communities are particularly impacted by the crisis, share insights around the criticality of healing justice and collective care, as well as the ways in which we’re digging deep to keep shifting power to the grassroots in meaningful and sustainable ways.

Mutual Aid and Queer Relief Resources

We have been so moved to see the ways that communities are coming together to support each other in this moment of need, so we thought we’d share a few mutual aid and queer relief/donation opportunities* from around the world that might be of interest to any of you looking to contribute!

*This is by no means an exhaustive list!


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On ‘Work’ and ‘Productivity’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For those of us who are lucky enough to be able to continue doing our jobs right now from the safety of our homes, we are all adapting to working remotely and having our homes become our offices. For some Astraea staff working remotely is their norm (we’re spread out all over the world!) and one of the first things many of our remote colleagues graciously did was to share some of their remote working tips with us, so we wanted to pass them on to all of you! 

We also acknowledge that working during a crisis is HARD and frankly, not always possible – some of us are now full-time caregivers to loved ones of all ages, others may be managing anxiety, depression or other conditions, and most all of us are finding we have to spend more time just looking after ourselves, our homes, and our people. With that in mind, we also wanted to share a couple of resources about what it means to reject ‘productivity’ right now, and focus more on just being gentle with ourselves.

Remote Working

Putting Yourself First and Productivity Later