COVID premium pay for Flint public safety, essential workers held up in council

Flint, MI– Resolutions to give police officers, firefighters, and qualifying essential workers in Flint COVID-19 premium pay using American Rescue Plan Act funds have yet to move forward.  The administration first recommended premium pay for certain city employees at a council meeting Dec. 8, but the council voted to postpone the resolutions indefinitely. The resolutions…

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Mott Foundation grants nearly $200k to support Flint neighborhood projects

Flint, Mich. — The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has granted a total of $192,007 to the Neighborhood Engagement Hub (NEH) to coordinate neighborhood cleanups and hire young people to assist with the work.  Mott announced in August that it would fully fund seven neighborhood projects and partially fund an eighth project — for a total…

EPA to provide Flint update in virtual press conference Dec. 7

Flint, MI — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Administrator Kurt Thiede will be joined by Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley and other local officials at a virtual press conference on Monday to provide an update about the city’s drinking water system. Details When: 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Dec. 7  Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86365117936; or call-in:…

City of Flint launches major push to Be Counted as Census deadline approaches

FLINT, Mich. — With just 20 days remaining to complete the 2020 Census, the City of Flint is coordinating a major push to encourage residents to BE COUNTED. A full count of Flint residents equates to approximately $3 billion in funding for Flint-area programs and services. That’s $300 million each of the next 10 years…

United Way receives grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint for conversations on race, racism, and change

Flint, MI — The Community Foundation of Greater Flint awarded $8,000 to the United Way of Genesee County, on behalf of Community Roots, for the Courageous Conversations on Race, Racism, and Radical Change project. The grant will allow Community Roots to facilitate four community conversations that aim to engage residents of Flint and Genesee County…

Here’s how Flint voted to spend a $1 million grant to help the city

Flint, MI—The Mott Foundation announced the results of a recent survey of residents on how they would like to see $1 million spent to improve Flint’s neighborhoods. More than 800 people voted over a period of two weeks. After votes associated with ZIP codes outside the city of Flint were removed, votes from 640 residents…

Movies Under the Stars Drive-In Edition will premiere this Friday

Flint, MI–  Movies Under the Stars Drive-In Edition will premiere on Friday, August 21 at The Whiting Auditorium Parking Lot located 1241 E Kearsley St, Flint, MI 48503. Communities First, Inc. has hosted the popular summer outdoor film series for the past six years.  This year, in light of COVID-19 we will offer a modified…

Flint businesses could take hit with new Cash App, PayPal tax policy

Flint, MI—As of Jan. 1, 2022, payment apps like Cash App, Venmo, and Paypal are required to report business transactions totaling $600 or more to the IRS, which could mean changes for Flint’s small business owners and gig workers as well. “A lot of cash-based businesses—so barbershops, hair stylists, and just smaller businesses who don’t…

Here’s a list of Flint drop-in COVID vaccine clinics through Jan. 22

Flint, MI— The Genesee County Health Department alongside several other health organizations are offering several COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Flint, Mich. as an ongoing effort to get more people vaccinated.  For all clinics, there are no out-of-pocket costs, deductibles, or co-payments. Insurance is not required to get a vaccination. Five to 11 year olds are…

Flint Community Players to offer first musical in two years

Flint Twp., MI—The Flint Community Players have consolidated their performance schedule for “The Secret Garden,” a musical based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, after pushing back the show’s opening weekend due to rising COVID cases in Genesee County. The Secret Garden is FCP’s first musical offering since quarantine began in March 2020, and…