The Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association is composed of its constituent monthly meetings, preparative meetings, and worship groups. All members and attenders of these bodies have both the privilege and responsibility to participate in keeping the affairs of the yearly meeting in good order.
The yearly meeting exists to support its constituents as they seek in the manner of Friends to live out their lives according to God’s leadings. SAYMA Faith & Practice, p.25, 2012 revision
The Finance committee’s primary responsibility each year is creating and managing the annual budget. Between January and early March, Finance requests input from SAYMA committees, Monthly Meetings (MMs), and individuals in positions of responsibility within SAYMA. The committee then develops an annual budget taking this input into account. With the seasoning of Representatives meeting in March, as well as the input of all who come together at Yearly Meeting (YM) in June (both cancelled in 2020), the proposed budget is discussed, amended and approved. The annual budget has a fiscal year (FY) of October 1 – September 30.
Based on the foundation of Mutual Aid, “solidarity, not charity, and a form of political participation in which people take responsibility for caring for one another and changing political conditions, not just through symbolic acts or putting pressure on their representatives in government, but by actually building new social relations that are more survivable….with people jumping in to participate because they want to change what is going on right now” (Big Door Brigade).
How does it work?
Nelly Jolley, Richland 2 Outreach Worker Coordinator- originates from Ecuador and has over a decade of experience connecting Latinx families in Richland 2 to basic resources;
Ana Reyes, Tienda Latina Pasa Bien Co-owner
Deborah Billings, Mutual Aid Midlands Community members commit to providing $25 per week to purchase groceries for a partner family. Contributions sent via Venmo to the Tienda so that all funds can be accounted for in a streamlined way.
The Tienda prepares packages that contain foods that are familiar to families and offer high nutritional content, including corn tortillas, masa flour (corn flour to make tortillas), beans, rice, fruits and vegetables, spices (e.g. cilantro), coffee, cheese (queso fresco) made by a community member, three dozen eggs!
The Tienda drives the bags in a refrigerated van to pre-defined distribution points located directly in the communities where families live. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines are followed at all times. Physical distancing is practiced while people wait in line to receive their
package (1 per family). Volunteers who distribute the packages wear masks.