How to help people of Flint

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 17:06:54-05

Volunteers, material donations and financial donations are being requested to help provide safe water resources for Flint residents.

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:
o Catholic Charities Center for Hope, 517 E. Fifth Ave, Flint
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
o Red Cross, 1401 Grand Traverse, Flint
Saturday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
* Donations of 100 cases or more, pallets of water or donations in one semi-truck:
o Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, 2300 Lapeer Rd., Flint
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

* For extra-large donations, such as multiple semi-trucks, delivery arrangements can be made by emailing Janet Hunter at

In-kind donations include labor to install filters and trucks to deliver materials. All in-kind donors should also contact Janet Hunter.

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 or call the United Way at 810-232-8121 or Community Foundation of Greater Flint at 810-767-8279 for more information.

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.


Looking for a way to help with the water crisis in Flint?

The United Way of Genesee County, the Michigan Community Service Commission and the American Red Cross of East Central Bay-Michigan have teamed up to organize volunteer efforts for the water emergency.

Volunteers are encouraged to come to the American Red Cross Volunteer Reception Center located at 1401 S. Grand Traverse Street in Flint to help with the ongoing efforts.

Hours will be:
Monday January 18 - Friday, January 22: 9am - 7pm
Saturday, Jan. 23 from 9 am to 2 pm
Sunday, Jan. 24 from 12 pm to 5 pm

People coming to the volunteer reception center will receive a brief training and orientation. Volunteers should plan on being available for a minimum three-hour assignment. While many assignments will be made on the same day the person comes to register at the Volunteer Reception Center, some assignments for tasks such as data entry, warehousing, operations support, and water testing kit assembly (kid and family friendly) may begin on other days. New requests come in daily so job type and opportunities vary.