Community Care Kit Project

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Mission

The Community Care Kit Project is a cluster of practice-based explorations that aim to expand our notions of what counts as care. One of its missions is recognizing the harm in thinking of individuals as solely responsible for their own care. When do practices of self-care become another demand that we condition ourselves for ever greater productivity, or another niche for consumer culture? In the tradition of abolitionist feminism, the project is simultaneously critical & creative, grounded in recognizing our interdependence and dreaming ways to put it into practice. Given that institutionalized routes of care fail many of us and create harm, how can we build care structures for ourselves?

We want to thank our graduate assistant Sylvie Rosenkalt and recognize the care she has put into developing this project in its incubation; she in turn wants to thank Mimi Khúc, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Rae Parnell for their wisdom, guidance and labor towards this project in all of its iterations.

 

Plain Language: 

The Community Care Kit Project wants to explore what care is. Some people think we are the only ones who are supposed to take care of ourselves, and if we have needs that aren’t met we are doing something wrong. We disagree. Sometimes we don’t have what we need and it’s not our fault.

We don’t want care to be used to get us ready to do more work, or to work harder or faster.  We also don’t want companies to make money off of our care needs. We don’t want care to turn into control of our bodies or lives.

When the government or big companies try to take care of us, they often fail. They can hurt people instead of helping. We would like to stop that from happening and learn new  and better ways to take care of each other.

People have been thinking about these ideas and organizing for a long time, calling their way of thinking “abolitionist feminism”. They are critical and bold about naming things that we need to get rid of, and also creative in thinking up new solutions. We want to build on their work.

We know everyone needs each other. We want to learn new ways to care for each other.

 

Upcoming Events

Community Care Cohort Take me to the internship page!

Highlighted Tools

Submit to the Care Kit

The Virtual Care Kit  is community sourced. What does this mean? Instead of a resource-sharing model where an expert “helps” a non-expert, community-sourced care affirms collective wisdom and knowledge-sharing, valuing and trusting our peers’ experiences of particular tools as helpful. That means we need you to fill the care kit.

Submit Your Tool

Past Care Projects

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Request a DCC Community Care Kit (Spring 2021 CCC Care Project)

It’s time to care for you and your community!

In these times of loss and uncertainty, are you feeling stressed? Are you looking for some way to care for yourself and spread care around?

The Disability Cultural Center wants to care for you! The Spring 2021 Community Care Cohort Interns have developed kits for interdependence and self care. We have been exploring the importance of community care, solidarity vs charity, and different types of care.

These care packages include supplies and activities that offer ways to care for yourself, with options to spread care to other people who are important to you. Each package will have a variety of goodies: care for a plant and propagate it to share! write a letter to yourself or a friend!

We have a limited number of care packages: if you live in Illinois, identify as disabled,*** and want a package, fill out our form to be entered into a raffle! We’ll close the form on April 16th.

How does the raffle work?

We will be raffling off 10 care packages. To be included in the raffle, fill out the form linked above before April 16th 2021. We will randomly select 10 people to receive a care package in the mail. The form will ask you about accessibility options, and everyone who submits a request will receive the packages’ digital elements.

***Who counts as disabled? We define disability and disability experience broadly to include any kind of body or mind that doesn’t fit into norms about what a body/mind should be and do. This can include physical disabilities, sensory disabilities, psychological and/or mental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, chronic illness, chronic pain; it can include mental health conditions, Crohn’s, dyslexia, neurodiversity, et cetera. And we welcome those in our community who think they may have a disability but aren’t sure. Whether you have an official diagnosis or not, this kit is for you!