As Flint, Mich. struggles with a lead contamination crisis in the city’s drinking water, a number of charities have set up programs to help with everything from delivering water bottles to helping pay utility bills. Here are a few organizations currently taking donations.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army of Genesee County “is collecting funds to help purchase water, filters and pay delinquent water bills for residents who have received shutoff notifications,” the organization announced on its website. Donate here.
The United Way of Genesee County set up a Flint Water Fund to pay for filters and bottled water as well as “emergency support services and prevention efforts.” They say 100% of the donations will go straight to the cause. Donate here.
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint
The local charity’s Flint Child Health & Development Fund is focusing on short- and long-term measures to provide health services for children, particularly in the 6-and-under age range. Donate here.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross of East Central Bay-Michigan is dispatching volunteers to distribute water, filters and test kits to the citizens of Flint. Find out more here.
Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties has been serving meals 1,000 meals per day in three soup kitchens and is taking donations of cases of water bottles. Find out more here.
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
The food bank is accepting shipments of more than 100 crates of bottled water (donations of 100 cases or fewer should go to the Red Cross or Catholic Charities). Find out more here.