The goal is simple: get clean water and supplies to the people of Flint, Michigan.
NASW-Michigan is working to mobilize social workers to send resources and assistance to aid with the Flint water crisis. One of the most obvious basic needs is water. Lots of water. Flint is a city of 100,000. Although many groups have already mobilized to provide assistance, more is needed.
A number of years ago, the Governor appointed emergency manager switched over the city's water supply from Detroit to the Flint River. The highly corrosive water and chemicals used eroded the biofilm from the system's pipes. This caused the leaching of lead into the water supply. Consequently families, especially children, have been poisoned. In some cases, the water cannot be used to bathe. In all cases, the water cannot be used for drinking or cooking.