The Disability Network in Flint, Michigan is reaching out to the broader community and sharing ideas of how people can help with the Flint water crisis. The water crisis is a significant and ongoing trial for all Flint citizens and particularly traumatic for many Flint water users who have disabilities. Resources are desperately needed to respond to the water crisis and the incredible organizational drain on existing services and capacity.
How you can help:
If you haven’t done so already and want to assist the people of Flint, please consider:
- Going to www.helpforflint.com to find information on how to donate to Flintkids.org, donate to the United Way Water Fund or volunteer with the American Red cross.
- Making a specific “Water Crisis Response” donation to The Disability Network in Flint. You can donate online at www.disnetwork.org or call Luke Zelley at 810-742-1800. Donations will be identified and used specifically to provide services and supports for the immediate and long term disability response to the water crisis in Flint.
- Encouraging the recovery and future of Flint by visiting Flint, buying Flint products, holding your next meeting in Flint or expanding your business to Flint to provide your direct services to the 26,000 (and growing number) of Flint citizens with disabilities (US Census) who need your help to NOT be victims and have a thriving future.
Background on Flint Water Crisis
The Flint water crisis is a drinking water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan that started in April 2014. After Flint changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water (which was sourced from Lake Huron as well as the Detroit River) to the Flint River (to which Flint officials had failed to apply corrosion control treatment), its drinking water had a series of problems that culminated with lead contamination, creating a serious public health danger. The corrosive Flint River water caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the water supply, causing extremely elevated levels of lead. In Flint, between 6,000 and 12,000 children have been exposed to drinking water with high levels of lead and they may experience a range of serious health problems. The water change is also a possible cause of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the county that has killed 10 people and affected another 77. (Source: Wikipedia)