The Flint Water Crisis — Who’s Helping?
Most people throughout the United States have heard of what is currently going on in Flint, Michigan regarding their current drinking water contamination crisis. But what most people don’t know is who is stepping in to help and what exactly they are doing to improve the lives of people living in this town. One of the biggest groups of people to donate money and provide aid to the people of Flint are nonprofits. From digital fundraising, to handing out free water filters, nonprofits have taken huge steps to improve the quality of life of those living in the surrounding areas of Flint.
Nonprofits Using Digital Fundraising
Many nonprofits such as the Salvation Army and United Way are stepping up and aiding the growing needs of the city’s residents impacted by the water crisis by using digital fundraising campaigns to raise funds and awareness for the situation. The Salvation Army of Genesee County says it “is collecting funds to help purchase water, filters and pay delinquent water bills for residents who have received shutoff notifications.”
Digital fundraising is a prime strategy to raise money and awareness for the Flint Water Crisis because the digital aspect of it allows the nonprofit to reach people all over the country and even people in other countries who have heard about the situation and are eager to help. It is much more effective than standing outside the grocery store, holding a bucket and asking for change, as we usually see the Salvation Army doing around the holidays. People hardly ever carry pocket change around anymore, so the digital fundraising technique is sure to make a difference in the amount of money that is raised for the Flint Water Crisis.
Donors who wish to donate to the Salvation Army Campaign should text the keyword WATER to 91999 and then click on the link they receive in the reply message in order to make their donation.
$100,000 to Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for Free Water Filters
One of the nonprofits that has gone above and beyond to help the crisis is actually based in Flint, Michigan. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation was awarded $100,000 in October to provide free water filters to the Flint residents. These quick and easy water filters are one of the best way to help the residents of Flint because they make water drinkable and can be used more than once. They also help eliminate the waste caused by excessive bottled water use.
The foundation was also awarded $4 million to help cover the $12 million cost of temporarily reconnecting Flint to its previous water source until a new pipeline is completed this summer.
Find Out More
For those of you who are unfamiliar with what is currently happening in regards to the Flint Water Crisis, Flint changed its water source from the treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Flint River. After the change, Flint’s drinking water began to have a series of problems in relation to lead contamination that has currently created a serious public health danger. Here are the top 5 facts you need to know about the Flint Water Crisis:
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