LANSING, Mich. (3/15/16)--Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder thanked Flint, Mich.-area credit unions that donated $50,000 to help residents monitor lead levels in their water.
“I greatly appreciate the generosity of the credit unions in providing this ‘thank you’ to residents who have been integral in the testing process,” Snyder said late last week.
The gift cards will go to residents in sentinel sites--locations throughout Flint designated for testing by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Flint’s lead contamination crisis stems from a switch in the city’s water supply to the Flint River from treated water from Detroit.
“This is one small way credit unions serving the Flint community can contribute to its recovery, while demonstrating how local credit unions are here to stay,” said Karen Church, CEO of ELGA CU, Burton.
Battle Creek-based Kellogg Community FCU has set a goal to collect 15,000 bottles of water by March 31. In collaboration with local businesses Battle Creek Pizza Department and FireKeepers Casino, the credit union is seeking donations of water and money.
Catholic FCU, Saginaw, has directed its efforts to help Northridge Academy, Flint; Catholic Charities of Flint; and students at the University of Michigan-Flint.
Last month, ECCU in Kalamazoo donated 4,000 bottles of water to be transported to Flint. “To see all of the businesses and schools and churches rally to support people suffering from the water crisis on the other side of the state is really an amazing thing,” said Jennifer Kovick, information technology project manager and chair of ECCU’s Caring Committee. “It’s moments like these that restore your faith in humanity.”
As far back as October, credit unions were on alert about how they could help. Team One CU, Saginaw, and FM Financial CU, Flint, joined the Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute and Saginaw Valley State in a collaborative business and community effort to collect and distribute bottled water.