Flint Police and Fire Chiefs want the same things: more staff

Flint, MI— During the Flint City Council budget hearings on Wednesday, the Police Chief and the Fire Chief both prioritized filling positions for their departments above all else. The meeting on April 14 was one of four hearings to discuss the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal years with the heads of each department. In […]

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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 and Genesee County residents can get free rides to COVID vaccine appointments

Genesee County, MI—Those who can’t drive or who don’t have transportation can now get a free ride to their COVID-19 vaccine appointment if scheduled through the Genesee County Health Department.  To offer the complimentary service, the GCHD partnered with the Flint Mass Transportation Authority.  “MTA is very involved with a lot of the health organizations […]

New book offers fresh view of Flint sit-down strike—and why it still matters

Flint, Michigan–The sit-down strike of 1936-37 that gave rise to the United Auto Workers Union is just as relevant today as it was then, says the author of a new book on the strike. Edward McClelland recently published his latest book, “Midnight in Vehicle City,” and it gives an intimate look at the strike that […]

‘Silent epidemic’ of severe child sexual abuse is on the rise in Genesee County

Flint, MI— This article will get tough to read. Don’t stop. Turning away when it gets uncomfortable reinforces the cycle of child sexual abuse. It’s part of the problem. And in Flint, Genesee County, and beyond, as the pandemic drags on, that problem is growing. Since the onset of COVID-19, child advocates in Flint and […]