Hello Michigan Jaycees,
Last week the Michigan Jaycees were approached by the membership asking what we could do to help. Following the proper channels, we connected with our District 5 Director, Sarah Ellis, who informed us that the Burton Area Jaycees were already making plans to address this crisis. As such, we entrusted to them, as the local organization, to take the lead and direct accordingly on how the Michigan Jaycees can help.
They immediately took action and at this time, there are 2 initiatives going on right now.
1) On the local level - the Burton Area Jaycees have set up a gofundme page to purchase water filters and filter cartridges. Your assistance in promoting this fundraising effort on your facebook page is appreciated. Information regarding this fundraiser can be found on this Jaycee Aid for the Flint Water Crisis facebook event page and specific questions can be directed to James Dreher, Burton Area Jaycees Community VP (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2) On a state level - The District 5 Michigan Jaycees will be doing a bottled water drive at our February Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids. They are asking you bring commercially sealed and filtered bottled water to the conference so they can distribute it to local shelters. You may also donate monetarily to have safe water bought locally vs. transported across the state. Questions can be directed to Sarah Ellis, the D5 Director (email@example.com)
In addition to the above, a Facebook Group has been created as a way for Jaycees across the state to collaborate and discuss additional immediate and future action plans. If you're interested in joining this forum please click here to be added to the group. As a result of this group, an initial conference call was held last night to further discuss various immediate and long-term programming to help with this terrible issue that residents of our great state are facing.
I am overwhelmed and inspired by the resounding support you all have expressed to assist with the Flint Water Crisis. Again, as a state organization, it is our responsibility to let those with “their feet on the ground,” the local chapter, be our guide and resource on how we can help as Michigan Jaycees. A special thank you to Sarah Ellis, and the Burton Area Jaycees for taking this on and keeping us informed.
Please support as a chapter and/or individually as you are able to.
Steve G Pickelmann
92nd President, Michigan Jaycees