RVA FLINT: #SaveFlintChallenge

$125,409 of $130,000 goal

Raised by 4,233 people in 7 months
CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Thanks to amazing people from all over the world we've raised over $120,000 so far to provide bottled water to Flint residents, and continue our #SaveFlintChallenge social project in 2019. This campaign was also recognized by Forbes.

Hello my name is Lance Cooper and I'm an activist/community leader located in Richmond, Virginia. The #RVAFlint campaign was created because I want to help the residents of Flint. The mission is to get my city and the world, actively involved in supplying the residents of Flint, Michigan with clean drinking water as a result of the contamination, and keep the world aware of this ongoing crisis. I'm launching the #SaveFlintChallenge and calling on others to start a GoFundMe or fundraiser in their neighborhoods to get more bottled water to Flint, Michigan. Hopefully the GoFundMe community will answer the call.

Accept the challenge. Help us save Flint.

Check out some familiar names who support our #SaveFlintChallenge GoFundMe campaign: Rosario Dawson, Rosanna Arquette, Brie Larson #CaptainMarvel , Ben Stiller, Kerry Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Frances Fisher, Lou Diamond Phillips, Eric Lange, Sandra Bernhard, Monica Lewinsky, DL Hughley, Alyssa Milano, Chelsea Clinton, Paris Jackson, Chelsea Handler, David Arquette, Mira Sorvino, Asia Argento, David Hogg, Deepak Chopra, Jon Cooper, Scott Dworkin.


Rewind


Flint's water crisis began in 2014 when the drinking water source for the city of Flint, Michigan was changed from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the cheaper Flint River. The decision to switch the city of Flint’s drinking water source to the Flint River was pegged as a cost-cutting maneuver aimed at saving $5M over a two-year period.

This community malpractice resulted in lead contamination in Flint's water, which poisoned tens of thousands of innocent people in this community.

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Researchers studying Flint lead water crisis found a decrease in pregnancies, and an increase in fetal deaths among Flint women. Fertility rates dropped by 12% while fetal deaths rose by 58%.

The water change is also responsible for an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the county that has killed 12 people and affected another 77.

Related Article: Save Flint Challenge Donations help Flint’s West Court Church distribute water again. https://t.co/7LWgs8yZro

Related Article: Flint Clean Water GoFundMe Campaigns Get Border Wall Boost.
https://t.co/XdKEroVH6F

Related Article: Flint congressman says water is not safe to drink yet. https://t.co/WmZN9Ti4PY

Related Article: Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer says she will bring back free water bottle delivery to Flint when she takes office next month. https://t.co/nuaOr5Fxn7

Related Article: Flint Water Crisis Deaths Likely Surpass Official Toll. https://t.co/ptzrVbLrr6

Related Article: Let Flint serve as a warning: Congress must to do more to improve the nation’s infrastructure. https://t.co/egsbJMMzD1

Related Article: Internal watchdog blasts EPA's response to Flint water crisis in blistering report https://t.co/brRiCyGSbR 

Related Article: In Flint, Michigan, there's so much lead in children's blood that a state of emergency is declared. https://t.co/tkrsEZrXo0

Related Article: Flint water prosecutor amends charges against two state officials. https://t.co/j4XnzuUBIa

April 6th Gov. Rick Snyder announced the end of a free bottled water program in Flint, citing the water quality was acceptable, but that isn't the truth. The residents of Flint STILL don't have access to clean drinking water, unless someone in the community like Little Miss Flint or Pastor Rob, provides it for them. Further investigation reveals the replacement of all the lead pipes necessary to provide clean water to Flint residents, won't be completed until 2020.

Others Making A Difference In Flint

30869074_1530060843387698_r.jpegJustin and Jayson Ruffin
in Indianapolis accepted the #SaveFlintChallenge.

Little Miss Flint: https://www.shondaland.com/inspire/a19485789/getting-to-work-with-little-miss-flint/

Support Little Miss Flint here: https://t.co/HSk91g880i 

Pastor Rob:  https://chognews.org/2018/05/31/michigan-church-courageously-combats-flint-water-crisis/  

Support Pastor Rob here: https://t.co/gVs0PCw3xX

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Fast Forward

This is where #RVAFlint comes in. Our mission is simple, we're fundraising to provide clean drinking water for the residents of Flint. If we reach our goal this campaign will transform into a relief mission to assist other areas with providing clean water, and we will expand our agenda to address other important issues like mental health, gun violence, etc.

How the funds will be used 

All funds will be personally withdrawn from our secured account, and 100% of every donation you provide will be invested in maintaining this #SaveFlintChallenge campaign, and used to purchase bottled water from outlets we've chosen such as, Meijer Grocery Store, CleanItSupply.com, Sam's Club, etc. & shipped directly to Flint, Michigan. Securing trucks is our most complicated task. As mentioned in our very first campaign update our bulk bottled water pallet cost is roughly 278.00 per pallet (54 cases per pallet, 35 bottles per case) including delivery. We will also be making donations to other water distribution organizations serving Flint, and assisting random residents. The ultimate goal is to raise $50,000 and provide over 250,000 bottles of water to Flint residents.

West Court Street Church of God in Flint, Michigan will be one of several drop off destinations selected. If you are in the Richmond, Virginia area and want to directly donate cases of water please send me a direct message.

Campaign Results 

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December 30th: The #SaveFlintChallenge donated to Little Miss Flint & PYB Water Drive.

December 30th: The #SaveFlintChallenge donated to West Court Street Church of God, and committed to funding their water distribution program for the entire first quarter of 2019.

December 27th: The #SaveFlintChallenge donated to Little Miss Flint & PYB Water Drive.

October 23rd: The #SaveFlintChallenge donated $1,951.48 to assist West Court Street Church of God with their water distribution program for November.

August 18th: 78,500 bottles of water. 389 families served, all distributed in Flint, Michigan. The line was wrapped around the block, but we had a great team and helped some great people. Thank you to everyone supporting our #SaveFlintChallenge.

August 12th: The #SaveFlintChallenge donated to Little Miss Flint & PYB Water Drive.

The #SaveFlintChallenge is a community improvement social project centered around water relief for Flint, and encouraging everyone to extend a helping hand in communities other than their own.

Thank you for contributing and sharing our campaign.

"Everyone deserves clean water."


News/Interview Links

WITIN Radio
https://t.co/1Gq4RKbQP2 

Forbes
https://t.co/XdKEroVH6F

MLive.com
https://t.co/7LWgs8yZro

Taylor & Tara Radio
https://t.co/DsAbghI2Zc

WTVR CBS 6 News, Richmond, Virginia
http://wtvr.com/2018/02/25/black-panther-challenge-free-tickets-for-kids-richmond/

WRIC ABC 8 News, Richmond, Virginia
http://www.wric.com/news/black-panther-challenge-makes-its-way-to-richmond_20180326073023280/1078237610 


For the latest updates and activity, connect with me on social media.

Twitter:
@escapedmatrix

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/RVAstreetmedia

Donate. Tweet. Tag. Like. Share. Together we can all help make a difference in Flint.

Thank you,

Lance (Campaign Organizer)

#NoWaterNoWall #SaveFlintChallenge #FlintWaterCrisis #DontForgetFlint 

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Flint still doesn't have clean water.
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HAPPY VALENTINE'S EVERYONE! HELP US SPREAD LOVE TODAY WITH A VALENTINE'S DONATION.

Pipes Excavated at 20,490 Flint Homes To Date through the FAST Start Initiative. Their goal is to have all of Flint’s lead-tainted service lines replaced by the end of 2019.

Our campaign needs a big first quarter of the year to keep momentum going. I'm humbly asking all donors to match their previous donation, or donate any amount you can. For the price of a box of chocolates, you could get cases of water to Flint residents. We need your love today to reach our Valentine's goal. 

Everyone please keep donating, sharing this campaign and helping Flint. Together we are making a difference. #SaveFlintChallenge #StandWithFlint 

Thank you, 
Lance (campaign organizer)
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WE ARE FALLING BEHIND. PLEASE HELP.

I've been campaigning hard for seven months to get clean water to Flint. The Trump gofundme is at $20.0M in 1 month for a racist border wall, with donations coming in every minute.

We can't let racism and divisiveness win. Help us reach our #SaveFlintChallenge goal this Black History Month. Please donate and share this campaign.

Thank you,
Lance
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HELP US REACH OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH GOAL.

Pipes Excavated at 20,490 Flint Homes To Date through the FAST Start Initiative. Their goal is to have all of Flint’s lead-tainted service lines replaced by the end of 2019.

We need a big first quarter of the year to keep momentum going. I'm humbly asking all donors to match their previous donation or donate any amount you can. We need your help reaching our Black History Month goal. 

Everyone please keep donating, sharing this campaign and helping Flint. Together we are making a difference. #SaveFlintChallenge #StandWithFlint 

Thank you, 
Lance (campaign organizer)
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PLEASE HELP US REACH OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH GOAL.

I'm helping thousands of people in Flint get clean water through our #SaveFlintChallenge campaign, but I get overlooked by many celebrities or influential voices because I'm a black man. I've learned to use this feeling of unworthiness, and turn it into motivation to keep helping others who are overlooked.

I'd like to also remind everyone of the fact that Flint residents are victims of "environmental racism" and Flint is being overlooked because it is 57% black 41.5% poor.

The discouraging and hurtful part to organizers like me, is when I humbly reach out to media, celebs and influential voices to help evolve our missions to improve America—I get ignored or receive a knod for the moment. Fundraising while black isn't easy.

It's harder for black men to get recognized when they do positive things, which leads to discouragement. I wish more genuine support for us existed, to offset the embarrassing feelings—of coming off like a "black man begging people" to support something positive.

Just my Black History Month thoughts. Thank you to everyone donating and sharing our campaign. Happy Black History Month.

Lance
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