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Flint Schools to host community forum on Thursday, Feb. 9

Flint, MI—Flint Community Schools (FCS) will be hosting a forum on Feb. 9, 2023 to update families on the district’s COVID relief funds, construction plans and academics.  According to the district’s notice to families, the forum will take place at the Accelerated Learning Academy, located at 1602 S. Averill Ave., on Thursday from 4 p.m.…

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GHS to expand hours of Behavioral Health Urgent Care in Flint

Flint, MI—The Genesee Health System (GHS) is extending the opening hours of its in-person urgent care services into the weekends. Beginning on Feb. 4, 2023, the site of GHS’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care (BHUC), located at 422 W. 4th Ave. in Flint, Mich., will open at 10 a.m. and accept last visits by 6:30 p.m. on…

New organization to ‘weave together’ educational supports for Flint kids, families

Flint, MI—Several Flint educational initiatives and programs will soon be operating under a singular organization. Launched through an anticipated $10 million in initial funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the new Flint Center for Educational Excellence is set to coordinate six “cooperative efforts” according to the foundation’s Feb. 2, 2023 press release. Those efforts…

DDA shapes plan with focus on basic services, building inclusivity in downtown Flint

Flint, MI—In the summer of 2022, Flint Downtown Development Authority (DDA) executive director Kiaira May invited three community development consultants to Flint. Her goal: figure out a path forward for Flint’s struggling DDA. “Coming into this, the DDA was really just in a disarray,” May, who has held her position since June 2021, explained. “We…

ReCAST grant application opens for organizations serving Flint’s at-risk youth, families

Flint, MI—Local nonprofit organizations can now apply for Flint Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) mini-grants of $5,000-$25,000 to support evidence-based violence prevention and community youth engagement programs, as well as trauma-informed behavioral health services. The application opened on Jan. 31, 2023 and will close Feb. 21, 2023 at 1 p.m. The request…

Here’s the schedule for Flint mobile food pantries in February

Flint, MI—Mobile food pantries offering nutritious food will be available throughout February 2023, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced. Since 2016, MDHHS has partnered with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to provide mobile food pantries in Flint, Mich. Here’s the schedule for this month: To find local pantries by zip…

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Catholic Charities to host undergarment donation drive in Flint

Flint, MI—Catholic Charities’ Center for Hope will be hosting an undergarment drive next week for community members in need.  Katie Baxter, CEO of Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties, said donations of new undergarments are often in shortage, as items like underwear, bras, socks and pajamas aren’t top-of-mind when giving. “We encourage others to…

Health providers to host free cancer screening & health fair in Flint on MLK Day

Washington, D.C.—The National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) will host a Flint community cancer screening and health fair at Berston Field House on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16, 2023. NMQF, a national nonprofit leading the Cancer Stage Shifting Initiative aligned with President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot 2.0, is hosting the event with Exact Sciences…

HBCU Forum to be held at the Flint Public Library

Flint, MI—Considering attending one of the country’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)? If so, a local initiative is set to host an informational event at the Flint Public Library on Dec. 27, 2022 from 5:00 to 7:30pm. The forum-style gathering is open to all middle and high school students in the area, according to…

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City of Flint to host webinar for prospective ARPA grant applicants

Flint, MI—The City of Flint will host a webinar for prospective applicants for the city’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) community grant programs, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The webinar is free and open to the community, but participants must register in advance, which can be done by clicking here.…

Canceled for weather, Flint Schools to resume classes Jan. 26

Flint, MI—Flint Community Schools (FCS) closed today due to winter weather conditions, but officials say they expect to resume classes tomorrow, Jan. 26, 2023. According to FCS Superintendent Kevelin Jones, as of press time the district plans to resume classes on Thursday and will notify families if plans change. On Wednesday, Jan. 25, all FCS…

City of Flint crews salt, plow roads amid Jan. 25 weather advisory

Flint, MI—In the midst of a winter weather advisory on Jan. 25, 2023, City of Flint crews began salting roads at 7 a.m. and plan to continue to salt and plow overnight. Major routes are the first priority, followed by dangerous hills, curves, intersections, schools and hospitals. The third priority is major roadways and the…

Michigan State University holds library book donation drive for Flint Community Schools

East Lansing, MI–Michigan State University (MSU) is raising funds and gathering books to donate to Flint Community Schools for its “Stuff the Library” project. The project is part of MSU’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration which wraps up on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, but organizers are asking donors to help them meet their…

City of Flint urges residents to remove vehicles from streets ahead of winter storm

Flint, MI—The City of Flint is preparing for the coming winter storm and urges residents to refrain from parking on public streets in order not to obstruct snow and ice removal. Vehicles parked on public streets may be towed and impounded so that snow and ice removal operations can be accomplished. The National Weather Service…

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Company ends water donations, Flint residents advised to continue using filters

Flint, MI–BlueTriton Brands, Inc., a Connecticut-based company that has donated bottled water to Flint residents since 2018, ended its weekly donations on Dec. 31, 2022. According to a Jan. 13 press release from the City of Flint, BlueTriton provided 100,000 bottles of water per week since 2018, and the donations served approximately 3,000 people per…

GLWA commits $1.5 million to support income-based water bill assistance program in Flint

Flint, MI—The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) Board of Directors recently approved more than $1.5 million in additional program funding for Flint, helping bolster a new income-based water bill assistance plan to better meet residents’ needs. The funding comes by way of the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP), a two-year program that provides assistance to…

Flint water crisis charges dropped against former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

A Genesee County judge has ordered criminal charges dismissed against former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in connection with the Flint water crisis, according to a Bridge Magazine article. It’s the latest in a spate of dismissals after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in June that Michigan improperly relied on a one-person grand jury to bring…

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