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Hello! We’re so glad you’re here! 

The Black Bear Mutual Aid Fund is an organization by, of, and for the University of Maine community members including students, faculty, and staff, which aims to shift our community culture towards one of community care, solidarity, and interdependence. The BBMAF was founded in 2023 by a dedicated group of organizers passionate about community care and solidarity. The purpose of the Black Bear Mutual Aid Fund is to alleviate economic inequality and hardships in the UMaine community by supporting networks, acts, and norms of mutual aid and community care.

Our goals are:

  1. To establish a fund where members of the UMaine community can place any disposable dollars or money they do not feel they need, in order to make that money accessible when community members do feel they need it.

  2. To practice community care by using this fund to facilitate mutual aid.

  3. To use the presence and impact of the fund to assist in modeling norms of mutual aid and community care.


The fund will be much like the emergency funds that exist on campus, except it will be community-led, available to all students, faculty, and staff, and free of the barriers that make many institutionally-led emergency aid funds difficult to access.


Meet the Board of Directors

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