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How You Can Help Flint

Michigan’s working men and women have stepped up in a variety of ways to help the people of Flint – and there’s still more we can do to help people who have been hurt by the Flint Water Crisis. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can do:


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.

Volunteer Center reception hours:  For now it’s safe to tell people the Volunteer Center will be open 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

American Red Cross
1401 S. Grand Traverse St
Flint, MI  48503

Please note: Large groups wishing to volunteer should visit . This site was set-up by the Red Cross and provides all the information someone may ever need. The needs for volunteers is ever changing, so ALL groups please go to this site and someone from the Red Cross will contact you. Individuals can also visit this site to learn more and to fill-out a registration form, however individuals are still welcome to just show up at the Red Cross.


Donating Water

In regards to dropping off donated water, donations can be delivered at the following locations:

WEEKDAYS – 8:00AM -5:00 PM

Pallets and cases over 100

Loose cases (non-pallet and less than 100)

  • Catholic Charities – 901 Chippewa Street, Flint, Michigan 48503
  • Please do not call the organization. They need to keep their lines open for clients.


  • ALL water donations go to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan on weekends regardless of the size


Filters, faucets, multiple semis, etc.,  should be directed to


Organizations Wanting to be a Distribution Site

Any church or 501c3 organization that would like to become a WATER distribution site should be directed to the Food Bank. They should call the Food Bank’s main line at: (810) 239-4441. This is for WATER only. The organization will need to staff and coordinate the distribution themselves. The state is currently not accepting anymore sites to distribute water, filters and test kits.

Where Can People get Water, Filters and Test Kits?

There are countless locations throughout the City providing just water, but something that is consistent and best to give callers is the 5 fire station locations. Residents can obtain water, filters, replacement cartridges and Lead Testing Kits at any of the 5 Fire stations.

The Fire Stations listed below are open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m.


  • Fire Station #1 310 East 5th St.
  • Fire Station #3 1525 Martin Luther King Ave
  • Fire Station #5 3402 Western Road
  • Fire Station #6 716 West Pierson Road
  • Fire Station #8 202 East Atherton Road
  • These stations are staffed by National Guard members
  • Residents are NOT required to provide ID or an address. They are only asking for addresses as this is the best way for them to track which homes have test kits and filters. This change was made to hopefully encourage the undocumented and others to visit the fire stations. Once completed, residents should return their testing kit to a fire station.
  • WATER PITCHERS: The fire stations are currently NOT distributing the water pitchers as they are low in stock. Pitchers are only being given to someone if the faucet mount PUR/Brita filters will not fit the faucet. Individuals need to call 211 to get on this list. Before they receive a pitcher the person delivering will verify a faucet mount filter will not work. This may change if more Zero Water filters become available.


For people who truly have no way of leaving their home, they should call 211 to get on the home delivery list.

Please note:  The sheriff’s department is about 3-4 days behind once a person calls 211. If they can’t wait the 3 days, please encourage them to have someone else go to the fire station. Also meals on wheels is providing water with every meal just in case the homebound individual is part of that program.

Donating Money

The United Way of Genesee County is accepting monetary donations for the purchase of filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts. One hundred percent of these funds are used for these projects and no administrative fee is assessed.  Donations can be done either by:

Online at, click the GIVE button.  This will then provide a choice to designate to the Water Fund.

Checks mailed to: United way of Genesee County
P.O. Box 949
Flint, MI  48501
Memo line: Water Fund
*Note please add attention Cindy Cromwell

Please note: any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund at This fund will provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes, such as:

  • 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
  • Research

Solidarity Note

  • Any union looking to consolidate efforts, please contact Cindy Cromwell (Office: (810)762-5827 or Email:
  • All UAW activity should be brought to the attention of Teresa McGinnis at


Statements from Michigan AFL-CIO, Flint Labor Council on Governor’s State of the State

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO and Flint Central Labor Council released the following statements in response to Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State speech:

“The people of Flint deserve answers and accountability, but the governor didn’t provide either tonight,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Until the governor waives his FOIA exemption and releases all materials on the Flint water crisis – including those from his senior staff – his promise to release a handpicked number of emails is hollow. To help the people of Flint start to heal and ensure a disaster like this never happens again, the governor needs to be fully transparent with the public and start telling the truth.”

“It seems pretty clear that Rick Snyder still doesn’t get it,” said Sam Muma, President of the Greater Flint Central Labor Council. “Our city needs sustained, long-term resources from the state to clean up the mess that Snyder created, and on that front, the governor’s speech fell short. All I heard were more empty promises from a politician who’s desperate to dodge the blame. Snyder needs to start being straight with people and show real leadership if he’s ever going to help Flint recover.”

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Roundup: Snyder savaged by media for Flint water, election bills

It’s been a rough week for the people of Michigan.

Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed bills that eliminate Michigan’s century-old straight-party voting law, and ban local librarians and school officials from informing voters about upcoming ballot measures and school millages. Meanwhile, the Flint water crisis continued to spiral out of control.

The political fallout may finally be starting to catch up to Governor Snyder, as he gets savaged by news outlets across the country. Here’s a roundup:

Snyder Takes Heat Over Flint Water Crisis

The Week: How Michigan literally poisoned an entire city to save a few bucksSnyder and his handpicked head environmental official Dan Wyant studiously ignored the problem — despite internal warnings of lead poisoning as early as July of last year — until an outside scientific study demonstrated extreme levels of lead in Flint children. In late December — over a year after the water switch — Snyder finally apologized and Wyant quietly resigned.

NBC News: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Mum on What He Knew About Flint WaterMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder refused Thursday to say when he knew the Flint water crisis — children being poisoned by lead from their drinking taps — was being mishandled. At a press conference after a meeting with the city’s mayor, Snyder said reporters and the public would have to wait for the final report on the public health debacle. … But an internal email obtained by Virginia Tech researchers shows that the governor’s office knew months ago that Flint’s families had reason to be worried about the problem and the response.

Huffington Post: Rick Snyder Ducks Question On What He Knew About Flint’s Water: In a July email, a top Snyder aide worried Flint residents were “basically getting blown off by us” over their concerns about high lead levels in the city’s water. It wasn’t until October that the state water agency admitted it had made a mistake that led to the poisoning of an untold number of children.

Snyder Ripped Over Election Laws

Lansing State Journal Editorial: Snyder, stop disenfranchising the votersGov. Rick Snyder signed a bill on Tuesday that eliminates single-party straight ticket voting in Michigan. The move reeks of partisan politics.

The Times Herald Editorial: Lawmakers extend the definition of scandalousAfter Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 571, we’re learning surprising new things. Most disturbing, so are the lawmakers who voted for the controversial bill that began as a campaign finance measure and then morphed into partisan contempt for Michigan voters. Among the contentious aspect of the bill, which was thrown in during the final hours of the legislative session, is a single paragraph that prohibits school districts and local governments from sharing information about tax requests and other ballot issues in the two months before an election.

Traverse City Record Eagle: Editorial: New laws are nothing but bad news for votersLawmakers, with Snyder’s help, have issued a gag order on local school districts and other municipalities with bond proposals on upcoming ballots. Experts from across the state have voiced concern that the new law’s inexact language may outlaw things like printing and distributing flyers explaining how millage money will be spent. Others worry that it may be a form of prior restraint that would inhibit news organizations and the public from gathering accurate information about ballot measures. What’s worse is the governor signed the bill knowing it is flawed.

Midland Daily News Editorial: New state law misses the pointWe are deeply disappointed in state lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder when it comes to the topic of voting rights. This week, Snyder signed a bill eliminating straight ticket voting for Michiganders. He said the bill “puts people over politics,” but the new law actually accomplishes the opposite. In fact, the law smells of politics as many analyses show that Democrats tend to vote straight ticket more than GOP supporters.

Susan Demas: Gov. Snyder disappoints many Republicans by signing election billThis is the kind of sleazy politicking you’d expect Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to orchestrate — in fact, he just signed a kindred-spirit bill, which also scrapped the state’s well-regarded nonpartisan elections and ethics panel. As a tough nerd, Snyder was supposed to be above such crassness.


Michigan AFL-CIO Statement on Gov. Snyder Signing Bill to Make Voting Harder in Michigan

Bill to eliminate straight-party voting “just plain wrong”

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement today commenting on Governor Rick Snyder signing Senate Bill 13, which will make voting harder in Michigan.

“This law will make it harder for people to vote in Michigan, and that’s just plain wrong,” said Ron Bieber. “Local clerks from all over the state testified that this bill will mean even longer lines at the polls this November – hurting our seniors, and voters who live in urban communities. It’s pretty clear that Governor Snyder and Lansing Republicans didn’t listen and don’t care. Instead of creating new barriers to the ballot box, they should be working to expand access to voting through no-reason absentee voting and expanded early voting. The people of Michigan deserve better.”

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