How to donate water, volunteer to help Flint residents

Material donations:

Material and in-kind donations of cases of water bottles, gallon jugs and larger containers of water can be dropped off at the below locations.

Donations of 100 cases or less:

Catholic Charities Center for Hope, 517 E. Fifth Ave, Flint
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For deliveries outside these hours, call 810-232-9950, ext. 325.

Donations of 100 cases or more, (must be in pallet form and wrapped)

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, 2300 Lapeer Rd., Flint
Donors must call ahead (810-239-4441) to schedule a dock time for delivery

Donations of multiple semi-truck loads can be made by calling Janet Hunter at 517-420-4162.

Please Note: At this time pick-ups are not available, all water must be delivered to Flint by the donor

Shelby Township water drive: The Shelby Twp Police Department and the Shelby Twp Fire Department, with the assistance of Utica VanDyke Services, are hosting a water drive to assist the citizens of Flint. You can drop off water at the police department or any of the 4 fire stations 24 hours a day starting immediately. On Friday, Jan.29, it will be loaded and delivered to Flint.

Westland water drive: Bottled water can be brought to Westland City Hall, 36300 Warren Road, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Financial donations

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 will address both the short-term and long-term needs of Flint residents.

The Community Foundation is managing all financial donations and no administrative fee is assessed. Visit http://www.flintkids.org or call the United Way at 810-232-8121 or Community Foundation of Greater Flint at 810-767-8279 for more information.

Donations to Salvation Army: The Salvation Army of Genesee County is accepting donations via smartphone by texting “WATER” to 91999. Working in conjunction with other Flint-based service organizations, The Salvation Army is collecting funds to help purchase water, filters and pay delinquent water bills for residents who have received shutoff notifications. Donations will also be used to provide additional services related to the water crisis in the community as they arise.

Volunteers

Volunteers are still needed to participate in water response teams going door-to-door handing out bottled water, filters, water testing kits and replacement cartridges. Volunteers join teams of city, county and state personnel and members of the American Red Cross.

Volunteers should report to the Red Cross at 1401 S. Grand Traverse, Flint.  Hours of operation this week are:

Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

SOURCE: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/how-to-donate-water-volunteer-to-help-flint-residents

Flint Water Supply in the News:

No matter how bad you might have thought the state messed up Flint, the reality is worse. Yesterday, a flood of revelations made that shockingly clear.

Ten months ago, a consultant for the city recommended adding corrosion control chemicals to the water, because it was causing metal to leach out of the pipes. Apparently the governor, who is setting a new standard for clueless, never saw it, and Jerry Ambrose, then one of Flint’s revolving door emergency managers, ignored it.

Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley reports today that State Representative Sheldon Neely of Flint sent a lengthy email to the governor a year ago, saying his city was in danger of civil unrest because of not having clean drinking water. Naturally, Governor Rick Snyder never saw that either. One of his press secretaries did, however.

The columnist reported Snyder spokesman Dave Murray said he remembered the letter and laughed, since Neely sent it to an e-mail address meant for regular people to use, not the one for people with power, who might actually get taken seriously.

Today, the question is whether anyone will take Rick Snyder seriously, ever again. The picture that continues to emerge is one of a governor reenacting Peter Sellers’ role of the spacey and clueless Chauncey Gardiner in the movie Being There.

Two nights ago, Snyder agreed to appear on the CBS evening news to discuss the situation in Flint. But when the anchor asked him what the most recent water tests in Flint show, the governor didn’t have a clue. He was however, sorry about things.

Small wonder that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency yesterday announced that it was taking over lead sampling in Flint. They essentially said the state was incompetent and couldn’t be trusted.

SOURCE: http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-situation-worse-you-think-and-clouding-out-other-issues-too

Imminent and Substantial Endangerment in Flint: Better Late Than Never?

Now that EPA “Good guys” Bob Kaplan, Miguel Del Toral, Mike Schock, Darren Lytle and others have been brought in, and EPA political appointee Susan Hedman is out of the way, EPA has exercised its 1431 “imminent and substantial endangerment” powers to take over responsibility from MDEQ for Flint.

This is nearly 4 months after we (and other many environmental groups) publicly pleaded:

“If there was ever a case where [the] EPA should exert emergency powers and take primacy away from an agency, this is it.”

While it comes months after the public health crisis was largely addressed in early October, we believe the intervention is necessary to address the dangerous crisis of confidence that Flint residents rightly have in their government. We publicly endorse the qualifications and ethics of the new team who is in charge at EPA.

While responsibility for the Flint water crisis still rests on a few career employees at MDEQ, none of whom have lost their jobs, responsibility for the public crisis in confidence rests entirely with the EPA. Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou, Paul Schwartz, Ralph Scott (deceased) and Dr. Marc Edwards have fought a losing battle since 2005, to get officials at the U.S. EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW) to get serious about lead in water.

For Full Article go to Source.

SOURCE: http://flintwaterstudy.org/

IMAGE: http://michiganradio.org/post/expert-says-michigan-officials-changed-flint-lead-report-avoid-federal-action

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