FLINT TWP. — To help provide Flint residents with clean water, a local church joined forces with organizations in Michigan and across the U.S. to support the Flint Initiative H20 Project.
For about three hours on Saturday, February 6, members of Empowered Believers Church, 2101 Mill Road, held a bottled water giveaway in the church parking lot. The church moved into that location, a former Bingo Hall, in December 2015, said Toi Lowe, an intern and spokesperson. Johnnie Brown is the pastor of the ten-year-old church.
The purpose was to give back, Lowe said, adding that giveaway was promoted on the church’s Facebook page. Volunteers also stood at the side of the road holding signs to direct passersby to the giveaway that was open to anyone needing water who lived in the 48501- 48507 zip codes.
To collect water, Empowered Enterprise Inc., the non-profit Community Development Corporation (CDC) arm of the church, collaborated with Growth Center of Grand Rapids, the Missions Army of Michigan Southwest Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction C.O.G.I.C, and the Threshing Floor Church of Murfreesboro, TN.
Volunteers distributed cases of water on a first come, first-served basis.
The goal of this Initiative is to continue to provide additional means for concerned citizens and organizations to make a difference in the lives of the residents of the city of Flint. A complete list of donors can be found by clicking the following link: www.empowered2believe.org.
The church also held a benefit concert on Friday night with guest performer James Fortune, a two-time Grammy Award-nominated gospel music recording artist, songwriter and producer. — Rhonda Sanders