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About Us

The Wellness Collective currently serves in Allegheny County, PA and brings neighbors together around a shared mission: to restore and maintain power and interdependence in our communities by way of mutual aid.  


Mutual aid is a great way to build resilience, foster a sense of community, and create a culture of caring and collective responsibility. It helps us to share resources and support each other when we need it most. Mutual aid can provide financial relief, emotional support, and access to services that may otherwise not be available. It can help to build stronger relationships among members of a community, while also helping individuals to become more self-sufficient. Mutual aid can also provide a platform for advocacy and collective action, enabling people to raise awareness and work together to bring about positive change.  


As neighbors, our interests are shared. We support one another in moments of difficulty, and, through this, we sustain our community as a whole.  In the spirit of solidarity, The Wellness Collective collaborates with people who are experiencing crises to develop effective solutions that mitigates need. Our aim is to restore stability and strengthen resiliency. We do this by listening to our neighbors, facilitating local resource collection and redistribution, and improving accessibility to services. Our model is designed to offer practical solutions, so we, as a community, are empowered to respond to one another’s needs. It facilitates relationships of respect and mutual aid. Standing side by side and reclaiming our unified power, The Wellness Collective reimagines what is possible when society places its people at the center.

How it Works

Neighbors become members of the collective and agree to pay whatever monthly amount that they feel comfortable with.  Wellness providers are made available to our neighbors seeking support. Neighbors who reach out to The Collective are connected to the appropriate provider(s) or approved for an agreed upon monetary payment through The Collective.


Funds are made available for services and supports that aid in the establishing and re-establishing of basic needs as defined by Maslow.


Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need is the theory of psychological motivation that outlines five major areas of our lives that must be stabilized in order for us to be healthy and successful.  The lower tiers (deficiency needs) must be satisfied before the upper-most (growth needs) can be achieved.  We should note that we do not support nor do we believe in the bigotry and ablism that Maslow framed much of his work around.  The hierarchy of need is simply a tool for guidance with understanding that it is as imperfect as the creator.



Funding for The Collective will be raised through foundation dollars, fundraisers, social enterprise, and memberships.


Funding Distribution

All incoming funding will be allocated and disbursed through the Community Bank and assigned to a specific branch or “general.”


Needs-Based Providers

  • Mental Health

  • Physical Health

  • Socialization/Community Health

  • Food/Nutrition

  • Safety/Security

  • Housing

  • Clothing

  • Toiletries/Hygiene

  • Etc.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Need

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