Local sorority raises $20,000 to help Flint’s water crisis

A group of women in Flint, Michigan, is stepping up to help those affected [by] the city’s ongoing water crisis, which they say the state has failed to address.

photo from Flint: Local sorority raises $20,000 to help Flint's water crisis

As the state’s budget cut funding for bottled water in April — leaving aid for the four-year-old crisis in limbo — the Flint chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha has raised $20,000 to provide clean water for their neighbors.

"Here we are in 2018 and the water is still not safe because all of the pipes have not been replaced," Shirley Johnson, the group’s president, told CBS News. "Here we are again, reaching out for help."

The sorority, which is part of a larger international network of women committed to service in their communities, has been giving out water to Flint residents consistently since the crisis began in 2014. When things weren’t getting better, Johnson reached out to Alpha Kappa Alpha’s corporate office for help, and they delivered a $10,000 gift. The regional arm matched the funds.

Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Flint chapter has been holding water drives for the Michigan city’s residents since the water crisis began in 2014. The $20,000 donation is the Flint group’s largest single donation to date. When […]

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