- In September 2015, Virginia Tech recommended Michigan declare Flint's water unsafe for drinking or cooking
- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Genesee County on January 5, 2016
- A week later, the Michigan National Guard was mobilized to help distribute clean water
The city's water supply was contaminated with toxic levels of lead and iron, and unfiltered water is unsafe to drink.
While the city works to replace the pipes, residents need clean water to drink, cook and bathe.
Although charities have been assisting Flint residents since January, these organizations still need your help.
Convoy of Hope
has procured, distributed and donated more than 100 truckloads of bottled water to the city. The organization has partnered with several local churches and food shelters to deliver the water. There are distribution points where residents can drive through and volunteers load up their cars with water. Several churches also go door-to-door to handout water. You can support Convoy of Hope's mission through monetary donations
The Flint Child Health & Development Fund
is focused on the long-term medical and educational needs of children affected by the water crisis. The fund's website states it will "support the delivery of critical public health, medical, and community-based services and interventions" to children who were exposed to lead. According to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at Hurley Children's Hospital in Flint, lead poisoning affects cognition, can lower a child's IQ and may also cause behavioral problems.
Save the Children
is assisting families and child care providers with children from newborn to 8 years old and pregnant women by making sure they have access to healthy food and early childhood development programs. The organization has helped more than 11,000 people in Flint, including more than 3,000 children.
The Flint Water Response Team
is the go-to place for all information and resources regarding government and charitable assistance for residents. This includes: how to apply for credit towards a water bill, how to receive emergency resources and how to contact the governor's office for additional assistance. It also provides information on charities helping in Flint and how someone can volunteer.
The Flint Water Fund
has a dedicated driver who distributes water throughout the city every day. The organization is still accepting donations to help purchase more water filters and bottled water.
Since residents still can't use the city's tap water to cook, Catholic Charities of Genesee County
is serving meals every day at its three soup kitchens. The organization is accepting donations of bottled water and filters to help prepare the food as well as clothing and personal hygiene products.
Michigan State University
published a report on how families can limit the effects of lead exposure in children through nutrition. The report also lists various government agencies that provide food assistance in Genesee County.
The Impact Your World team will continue to follow this story and update ways you can help.