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Free Bottled Water, Filters available at Help Centers
Effective April 16, 2018, Flint residents can go to any of the following Help Centers to obtain water, filters and other related supplies. The centers are managed by the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Their purpose is to serve as resource hubs that help promote healthy physical and mental development and improve the quality of life for individuals and families in the Flint community. They will offer resources and services including bottled water, a variety of foods and fresh produce, personal care items, nutritional services, physical health services and mental health services. Services will be provided from two semi-trailers that are staged in the church parking lots to distribute items directly to cars as residents drive through.
The Help Centers are open on the following days from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.:

Bethel United Methodist Church
1309 N. Ballenger Hwy, Flint, MI  40504

Asbury United Methodist Church
1653 Davison Rd. Flint, MI  48506
Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ
6702 N. Dort Hwy, Flint, MI  48505

Flint residents with questions or in need of water, filters or other supplies: Call 211 or (810) 410-1138

Residents can obtain free filters and at-home water test kits at Flint City Hall (go to the Information Desk).

Water Filters and Replacement Cartridges:

If you need a water filter or filter cartridge, Call for CORE at 810-238-6700
The Community Outreach Education (CORE) program was established to help ensure that Flint residents know how to properly install, use and maintain water filters so the filters can do what they are designed to do. CORE teams are comprised of Flint residents who have helped others overcome many of the same challenges others are facing. This video link describes the CORE:
The CORE Program will continue through 2018.

Free Services to Help Make Sure Your Home is Lead Free:

The Lead Safe Home Program at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services offers assistance to low and moderate- income families, as well as Rental Property Owners, in making their homes lead-safe for children. The Program has made over 2,600 homes lead-safe since March, 1998.  Hundreds of young children now live in housing made lead safe through our program.

If you are eligible for the Lead Safe Home Program, we will provide a FREE Lead Inspection On your home and an average of $10,000 or more in work to make your home lead-safe, including items such as new windows, doors, painting and cleaning. Both rental properties and owner occupied properties are eligible.

For more information visit:

Michigan’s Lead Safe Home Program Details & Application


Every Community Water Distribution Site accepts water supply recycling. Residents can drop off empty water bottles and used filter cartridges at all nine locations.

Note: At-home water testing kits can be dropped off at any Community Water Resource Site or Flint City Hall. The Flint Water Plant is no longer accepting water samples. Residents who are homebound or have access or functional needs can call the United Way’s 2-1-1 number to have water test kits delivered or picked up.

Donate water

All Pallets and Cases of Water over 100:
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
Address: 2300 Lapeer Rd, Flint, MI 48503
Call: (810) 239-4441 ask for Tina Martinez, Director of Operations to schedule a delivery

Loose water, cases, and pallets of any size are welcome.
Weekdays: Catholic Charities 
Address: 901 Chippewa St, Flint, MI 48503
Call: (810) 232-9950 to make arrangements for delivery

Make a monetary donation:

Financial contributions, to help with the purchase and distribution of bottled water, can be made to the Flint Water Fund at the United Way of Genesee County by visiting Once on the home page Click the DONATE button at the top.

Volunteer your time:

Report directly to the Red Cross anytime between 9:00am-7:00pm.
Please be prepared to volunteer in cold or rainy conditions (Not all positions are outside, but all volunteers should be prepared. Even if they are in a warehouse sorting water/filters, it may still be cold).


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