How To Get Involved – Flint, MI Water Crisis
The United Way of Genesee County is accepting monetary donations for the purchase of filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts. 100% of these funds are used for these projects and no administrative fee is assessed. Donations can be done either by:
At www.unitedwaygenesee.org, click the GIVE button. This will then provide a choice to designate to the Water Fund.
- Checks mailed to:
United way of Genesee County
Attn: Cindy Cromwell
P.O. Box 949
Flint, MI 48501
Memo line: Water Fund
Please note that any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund at www.flintkids.org. This fund will provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.
- Optimal child health & development
- Early childhood education
- Continuous access to a pediatric medical home
- Access to infant and child behavioral services
- Nutrition education
- Healthy food access
- Safe & healthy home environments
- Integrated social services
In regards to dropping off donated water, donations can be delivered at the following locations:
- Large Donations (100 cases/pallets or more):
Foodbank of Eastern Michigan – 2300 Lapeer Rd, Flint, MI 48503.
Contact: 810.239.4441, please call prior to making delivery to ensure they are open (staff available) The Food Bank needs cases to be on pallets for quicker unloading and on trucks with lift gates. To insure wait time will be minimal, please schedule ahead of time for specific day, time, and drop off location. Also, please note who you speak with when making any arrangements in case I need to track arrangements. Staff and available bays for unloading is limited especially due to the extra deliveries coming in.
- Smaller Donations (less than 100 cases):
Monday thru Friday:
Catholic Charities, Center of Hope – 901 Chippewa St., Flint, MI 48503. Please do not call prior to delivering, M-F – 8:00 to 4:00
Saturday thru Sunday:
American Red Cross, 1401 S. Grand Traverse St, Flint, MI 48503. Please do not call prior to delivering, 8:00 to 5:00
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If you are in the area and wish to volunteer, the United Way of Genesee County, the Michigan Community Service Commission and the American Red Cross of East Central Bay-Michigan have come together to operate the volunteer center.
They need volunteers to do data entry (inside work), as well as going out into the community (must be at least 18 years of age) to distribute water, filters, etc.
The Volunteer Reception Center hours:
Saturday 9:00am – 2:00pm
American Red Cross
1401 S. Grand Traverse St
Flint, MI 48503
If you have groups coming from out of the county who want to volunteer, please do not show up at the Red Cross expecting to work in the community precisely at that time. If you wish to be part of a team working within the community, you will have to register beforehand, have a background check, have proper ID and be assigned in advance to work with a team. This is for your safety as well as the safety of residents in the community. Groups over five in number, please call (810) 232-8121 in advance to set you up with the coordinator.