In the wake of the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is encouraging all community members, organizations and businesses to contribute to the United Way of Genesee County’s (UWGC) Flint Water Fund to help provide area residents with clean drinking water. The City of Evanston also announced that it will provide a $5,000 donation to the fund.

Evanston community members can contribute online by visiting In-person donations can also be made at the City Collector’s Office, located on the first floor of the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., in Evanston, on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Wednesday, February 3.

“There is nothing more important than access to safe, clean drinking water,” said Mayor Tisdahl. “I am proud to lend the City of Evanston’s support to this effort, and I thank each and every individual and organization that makes a contribution.”

The UWGC has set up the Flint Water Fund for the purchase of filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts. One hundred percent of the fund is used for these projects and no administrative fees will be assessed.

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents in Evanston may simply dial 3-1-1.