Update: Comcast Increases Aid for Residents During the Flint Water Crisis
As Flint residents, including 58 of our own employees, continue to cope with living amidst the water crisis and adjust their daily habits, we remain committed to finding new ways to support our neighbors.
So far, our Flint techs and service center employees have handed out more than 1,000 state-provided water filters. They are now also distributing lead-testing kits to customers’ homes and to anyone who visits our service center on Airpark Drive.
We’re adding more Wi-Fi hotspots to critical areas where relief efforts are concentrated so that volunteers and emergency personnel have connectivity to our fast, reliable network.
Comcast employees from across Michigan are joining the Boys and Girls Club of Flint for a call-to-action volunteer initiative later this month to help out where we’re most needed.
We’ve placed a dumpster-sized recycling receptacle in the front lot of our Flint service center to make it easy for Flint residents to recycle their empty plastic water bottles.
And, we continue collecting bottled water and airing Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) to get the word out on where residents can get resources and information.
"The entire Comcast family has stepped up to the challenge of providing support for the City of Flint during this crisis," said Senator Jim Ananich. "We are forever grateful that their employees have donated their personal time and resources to help ensure that we make it through this together."
Comcast is one of many local organizations committed to making a difference in Flint, and I couldn’t be more proud of our Michigan employees who are driving these efforts. I share our update with you to reinforce our commitment to our community and to inspire others to join us in finding ways to help.
For those looking to make a difference, Flint City Councilman Scott Kincaid encourages support to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan or United Way of Genesee County. Both of these nonprofit organizations have established special funds focused on getting our residents the proper nutrition, education and early intervention support.
"The outpour of assistance from individuals, businesses and community groups is overwhelming," Councilman Kincaid said. "As we move into the next phase of this water crisis, our community is focused on educating families about early intervention from lead exposure and the important role proper nutrition plays. We appreciate any support that’s made in our ongoing efforts."