Brooklyn-based group provides 'neighborhood walks' to help residents feel safer

North Brooklyn Mutual Aid is a volunteer-run organization that aims to help neighbors feel safe as they travel through the city.

News 12 Staff

Apr 17, 2021, 2:28 AM

Updated 1,156 days ago

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North Brooklyn Mutual Aid is a volunteer-run organization that aims to help neighbors feel safe as they travel through the city.
The NYPD reported a 28% increase in hate crimes since last year. It said many of the most recent crimes were against Asian Americans.
Andy Lin, a coordinator at North Brooklyn Mutual Aid, says this rise in crime has been enough to push people to find safety in numbers.
"Mutual Aid kind of picks up the slack where socioeconomic political systems kind of fail society," he says.
The latest effort of the group is providing "neighborhood walks." With this service, residents can contact the organization on its website or by calling 646-389-6019, and meet with a volunteer to walk or bike with them to wherever they need to go.
Lin says the goal is to help people who may feel unsafe traveling alone and to “help strengthen ties between the people in the community, and it's what makes community strong.”
The group has 1,300 volunteers who vouch to keep their neighbors and their community safe.  


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