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Mar 28, 2016 1:57 EST

CROSSING WATER: WORKING TOGETHER FOR FLINT

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2016

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THE STORY:

***** UPDATE *****

A huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers, donors, and supporters, as we continue our work in Flint. Our partnerships have expanded in just a few short weeks since this fundraiser began, and we are now partnering with officials from the Office of the Surgeon General, the Emergency Operations Center in Flint, the American Red Cross, Michigan Faith in Action, the Genesee County Latino/Hispanic Collaborative, NASW-Michigan, CUFFEJ (Communities and Universities United for Flint and Environmental Justice), and other agencies, organizations, and community leaders working in Flint.

Crossing Water has been working with Gud Marketing to create public service announcements to spread awareness among Flint residents regarding how they can get and keep their families healthy during this crisis. One very exciting result of that has been the multiple billboards that have been created that are visible around the city, warning residents that Boiling Water Does Not Remove Lead, in both English and Spanish. Additional billboards and messages are in the works. Also, Crossing Water is partnering with the GCLHC and the University of Michigan School of Public Health to create videos to raise awareness among various communities that have been underreached, including Spanish speaking families, the deaf community, residents with low literacy levels, and others. 

Thank you for your continued support! <3 Flint

 

About Crossing Water’s work in Flint:

Crossing Water is working with multiple community-based organizations, churches, and community residents of Flint, MI, and a legion of volunteers from around the state, to ensure that ALL residents have access to safe drinking water, information on how to access and utilize resources available to them, and access to medical care. Our network of volunteers includes social workers, public health professionals, RNs, paramedics, aid workers, front-line mental health service providers, social activists, case workers, and others. From the directors of Crossing Water on down the line, all are volunteers donating their time to this effort.

The public is being told that all neighborhoods, all households, have been given water and filters. This is not true, as we have met with many Flint residents who have not received any resources from the state, the Red Cross, the National Guard. Many residents have little or no information regarding the danger of drinking tap water, how to access safe drinking water and other resources available to them, and how to utilize the resources, specifically filters, when they receive them. In addition, many children have not been tested for lead exposure, many residents are unable to leave their homes due to disability, many residents do not have plumbing systems that will accommodate the provided filters (see image), many residents have not had their water tested for lead, and many residents have limited English language proficiency, or low literacy levels. As of the start of this fundraiser, none of the state-provided documents have been translated into other languages to support the large immigrant and refugee populations in the city.

Crossing Water and their legion of volunteers are working to remedy these ills and to ensure that ALL residents of Flint are supported during this crisis, and beyond. All of your donations will go directly toward supporting this effort and supporting Flint, MI. This is our fight, these are our neighbors, this is our Michigan.

Any donation is welcomed and appreciated – $10 will provide water to a family for two days, $20 will provide clean water to a family for a month, $140 will provide clean water to a household for a year, $1500 will provide an institutional filter to an organization to support the drinking needs of a neighborhood. Help as you are able, and please send us a message if you would like to volunteer and provide on-the-ground assistance to help the residents utilize these resources.

We need you! <3 Flint

 

UPDATE

Update on Crossing Water: Working Together for Flint

A huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers, donors, and supporters, as we continue our work in Flint. Our work and partnerships have expanded in just a few short weeks since this fundraiser began. Crossing Water RRST (Rapid Response Service Teams) teams have provided aid, assistance, and information to hundreds of Flint families, which includes provision of water, water filters, baby wipes, formula, other household goods as needs arise, social work referrals, and critical education regarding how families can protect themselves during this crisis. While our RRST team members – social workers, social work students, paramedics, EMTs, plumbers, etc., – volunteer their time and energy to help Flint during this crisis, Crossing Water knows it is critical to support and care for our volunteers, and we have had the honor of facilitating debrief sessions at the conclusion of each RRST deployment day. This allows opportunities for Crossing Water volunteers to support each other in processing the tragedy they are facing each time they visit with our families. And to process the understanding that Flint residents live that tragedy every day of their lives. We <3 our volunteers – thank you so much for being part of our Crossing Water family.

Our partnerships have expanded and strengthened! We are now partnering with officials from the Office of the Surgeon General, the Emergency Operations Center in Flint, the American Red Cross, Michigan Faith in Action, the Genesee County Latino/Hispanic Collaborative (GCLHC), the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-Michigan), CUFFEJ (Communities and Universities United for Flint and Environmental Justice), the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UMSPH) and other agencies, organizations, and community leaders working in Flint, at city, county, and federal levels.

Crossing Water has also been working with Gud Marketing to create public service announcements to spread awareness among Flint residents regarding how they can keep their families healthy during this crisis. One very exciting result of that has been the multiple billboards that have been created that are visible around the city, warning residents that Boiling Water Does Not Remove Lead, in both English and Spanish. Mobile billboards have been roaming the streets of Flint with this message, as well! Additional billboards and messages are in the works, with new messages targeted at pregnant women and nursing mothers (drink bottled water only!), making sure to get their water tested for lead, making sure to test water filters and replace cartridges, among others. Also, Crossing Water is partnering with the GCLHC and UMSPH to create videos to raise awareness among various communities that have been underreached, including Spanish speaking families, the deaf community, residents with low literacy levels, and others. 

Thanks to the ongoing support and great work by Stand Up, Flint! Crossing Water has been featured in several articles on the work in Flint:

http://standupflint.com/2016/02/10/on-the-train-to-god-knows-where/

http://standupflint.com/2016/02/04/crossing-water-at-the-heart-of-the-storm/

http://standupflint.com/2016/02/02/a-breakdown-of-civilization-at-the-highest-level/

Crossing Water was also featured in a Democracy Now segment on the Flint Water Crisis: 

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/2/17/thirsty_for_democracy_the_poisoning_of

Thank you for your continued support! Please join us if you are able, and please share this fundraiser with your friends, family, and colleagues so that we can continue this important work supporting our families in Flint. <3 Flint!
 
 
Contact Information:

Laurie Carpenter

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