“Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos 5:24
The crisis over unsafe water in the City of Flint has been generating national attention in the new year. Many have asked how they can get involved in helping Flint residents secure access to safe water and other essential resources.
Here are five ways you and your congregation can help:
Collect money for disaster response. We are continuing to provide safe drinking and cooking water through our two local parishes, St. Andrew’s and St. Paul’s, as well as through Episcopal-affiliated service organizations Christ Enrichment Center, Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministries, and the St. Andrew’s Soup Kitchen.
But there is an emerging gap in resources that we need to address. Access to healthy, iron-rich foods that aid in lead removal is extremely limited in Flint, much of which is characterized as a food desert.
By giving financially to the disaster response, you help us broaden the impact of your gift as we continue to provide safe water by the pallet as well as the components of a fresh, nutritious diet that will combat the effects of lead poisoning in our city’s children.
To donate, send checks marked “Water Relief” to:
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
711 S Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48502
Or, donate online at this link using your credit card or PayPal account.
Donate water bottles and gallons. Work with your congregation and the community to coordinate a water drive. Look for cases of water bottles for drinking and gallon jugs for cooking. Call ahead to coordinate drop off times.
Advocate. This is a long-term crisis for the City of Flint – one that will effect generations for years to come. It is essential that governments at both the state and federal levels be responsive and accountable to the people they serve that cannot trust their municipal water source. Call Governor Snyder and your state and federal legislators to ask for aid for disaster-level relief, funding for infrastructure improvements, and support for health and educational resources to combat the effects of lead poisoning.
Work for justice in your own community. Stand in solidarity with the people of Flint by working for justice and peace in your own context. Confront the issues of racism, hunger, poverty, and violence as a people of hope in a culture of fear. Together, across geographical boundaries, we can affect change on a broad scale.
Pray. Hold our brothers and sisters in Flint in your prayers as they confront this man-made disaster. Consider remembering them as part of your liturgy during Prayers of the People or through a dedicated vigil service.
If you have questions about our coordinated response and how you might get involved, contact Katie Forsyth, Director of Communications and Public Engagement or the Rev. Dan Scheid, Rector of St. Paul’s, Flint.