The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is still an ongoing issue, and Temple University has joined in the efforts for relief. The progressive chapter of the NAACP here at Temple has taken the time to collect bottles of water as well as monetary donations from students to send off to the communities affected in Flint.
Over the past month, the organization has set up shop in the Student Activities Center for a few hours every Tuesday, and has collected about 24 gallons of water. Temple Student Government as well as the Delta Mu chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated also joined in their efforts.
The NAACP is now in the midst of sending off the collected water to The Catholic Charities Center for Hope in Flint, using the monetary donations for shipping costs. The organization used social media and a GoFundMe account to spread awareness to the campus and collect the donations.
Financial Chair of the NAACP, Leroy Map, says as soon as he heard of the situation in Flint, he immediately felt a call to action.
“The desire to act now, to want to help as much as possible, that’s what made me propose it to the organization to send water to Flint.”
Map also felt that his organization received a lot of positive feed back from the campus. Several people approached him asking how they could find their own ways to help Flint, including several NAACP chapters from other schools. Map says he had no problem passing the information on to others about who exactly to send help to.
Even though the NAACP may not have reached their financial goal, Map feels secure that they have still given the affected community members of Flint hope just by letting them know others are thinking of them.