Editor’s Note: We have had many phone calls, emails, text messages and FB messages asking us to list credible places to donate money for the ongoing Flint crisis. The needs of Flint people will continue for many years. You have many choices—some are for advocacy, some for immediate needs like water, some are for present and future health costs due to lead poisoning. The following groups have 501c3 status. These are the organizations we know of at this time.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
1401 S. Grand Traverse Street, Flint, MI 48503
The American Red Cross is gathering volunteers to participate in response teams going door-to-door handling out bottled water, filters, water testing kits and replacement cartridges.
901 Chippewa St., Flint, MI 48503
Contact Ann Lesniak at email@example.com
Catholic Charities seeks donations of water, water filters, diapers, instant formula, wipes and cash donations. If sending a check, indicate in memo line “water crisis efforts.”
CROSSROADS DISTRICT OF THE MICHIGAN AREA OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
810-624-5577 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Crossroads District has established eight neighborhood Resource Centers located in each of their Flint United Methodist churches. They are distributing faucet filter systems, replacement filters, zero-water pitchers, water testing kits and educational materials about combating effects of lead and healthy eating habits. Contact Peter J. Plum, emergency water crisis coordinator for addresses of locations and for further information.
Since 2013, Crossing Water, founded by social workers Michael Hood and Laurie Carpenter, along with a legion of volunteers from around the state and beyond, has been working with other nonprofit agencies to make sure all Flint residents have access to safe drinking water, information on how to access and use resources available to them and access to medical care.
The United Way of Genesee County, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Hurley Children’s Hospital and the Greater Flint Health Coalition have created a fund that addresses both the short-term and longterm needs of Flint residents. The Community Foundation is managing all financial donations and no administrative fee is assessed. For more information, visit the website or call the United Way at 810-232-8121 or Community Foundation of Greater Flint at 810-767-8279.
The Flint Water Study is an independent research team from Virginia Tech (VT) volunteering their time, resources and expertise to help resolve scientific uncertainties associated with the Flint water crisis. It is headed by Dr. Marc Edwards, an expert in lead poisoning. They also have a Facebook page.
NORTH END SOUP KITCHEN
735 E. Stewart Ave., Flint, MI 48505 • 810-785-6911
Affiliated with Catholic Charities, the soup kitchen is open daily and donations can be earmarked in memo line for “Flint water crisis.”
PEDIATRIC PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVE FUND FOR FLINT
The Pediatric Public Health Initiative is a collaboration between Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the pediatric residency at Hurley Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State College of Human Medicine will lead the effort. Projects may include identifying and tracking of exposed children, defining a universal Pre-K program, addressing food insecurity, expanding nutrition education and much more. Google Pediatric Public Health Initiative Fund and a site where you can donate will come up.
SALEM LUTHERAN CHURCH
2610 Martin Luther King Ave., Flint, MI 48505
The Salem Lutheran Church is distributing water, food and other supplies to residents and seeks volunteers. Contact Reverend Monica Villarreal for details on needs and opportunities. Email: email@example.com
SALVATION ARMY OF GENESEE COUNTY
The Salvation Army Flint Water Crisis, 211 W. Kearsley, Flint, MI 48502
In addition to texting ‘WATER” to 91999, the Salvation Army is also accepting donations via the above address and phone and also by web www.centralusa.salvationarmy.org/genesee The Army is collecting funds to help purchase water and filters and is also working with conjunction with other Flint-based organizations. They are also mobilizing volunteers. Donations will also be used to provide additional services related to the water crisis in the community as they arise.
1509 E. Court St., Flint, MI 48503 • 810-767-4911
Donations are being used (mark “water” in memo line) to set up “refilling stations” in the church, to make free, filtered water available to the community in whatever size containers they would like. Woodside is working especially to ensure that the most marginalized populations are getting services—the poorest, the ones in public housing, those who speak a language other than English. There is a particular need for people to be able to speak Arabic and Spanish.