You should never have to question whether your water is harmful or safe to drink. However, Flint is suffering a major water crisis. The decision to switch from the Detroit Water System has wrecked havoc in the community, with toxic levels of lead in the water, which can lead to a myriad of health problems.
Here at Current we’ve compiled a brief list of ways residents of Washtenaw County can help residents of Flint. This list will be updated to reflect new opportunities as we become aware of them. If we missed any, or you’re aware of other ways to help, please leave us a comment below.
How can you help?
Three organizations, the Flint Health & Development Fund, the United Way at Genesee County, and the American Red Cross are all working to help support the Flint crisis. Donating through any of those organizations will help get your monetary contribution to those in need.
Washtenaw Community College is accepting both monetary and water donations until Thursday, January 28.
Call 517-373-1792 if you have questions.
The fundraising website GoFundMe has more than 70 campaigns specific to Flint’s water crisis to which you can donate.
The United Way of Genesee County has set up a fund where you can help purchase bottled water, filters, and help with prevention efforts and emergency support services. The United Way of Genesee County is also accepting cases and pallets of water to be donated.
You are able to donate in more ways that just direct money transfers and deliveries of water. Collaborating with the Flint Child and Health and Development Fund, Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille (2203 Woodward Ave., Detroit), will donate 10% of lunch and dinner food sales directly to the fund, Through Sunday, February 7.
You can also physically volunteer.
By donating your time through various crisis management hubs, you can actively show your support for those in need. It is simple, just go to the link, fill out the contact form, and begin volunteering with the Flint Water Response Team.
Flint Red Cross Volunteer Reception Center is also accepting volunteers at 1401 S. Grand Traverse, Flint. Those who want to volunteer can come between any of the following hours: 11am-6:30pm Monday through Friday, 9am-2pm Saturday, noon-5pm Sunday.
Call, 810-232-1401 for more information.