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April 21, 2016
The people of Flint, Michigan, can now add Northwest Missouri State University to their list of communities offering assistance during the city’s water crisis.
The Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and the University Police Department teamed up this spring to collect bottled water and monetary donations for the city. The organizations hosted a series of drop-off days at the Support Services Building, and their combined efforts collected about 5,000 bottles of water and more than $1,000 for Flint residents.
President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency for the city in January due to excessive amounts of lead in the water supply.
“All people of the world should have access to clean water, no matter the situation,” said Adam McNairy, of Kansas City, Missouri, a member of the fraternity and graduate student from who helped organize the effort. “As members of an organization that stands on the three principles of brotherhood, scholarship and service, we initiated an effort to do our civic duty and serve our brothers and sisters in need – not for any form of recognition, but to serve our respective duties as human beings.”
The fraternity and University Police received donations from several Northwest offices and departments including Student Support Services, the Student Engagement Center, Sigma Society, B.D. Owens Library, Purchasing Department, Sigma Tau Gamma and Residential Life as well as the Maryville Police Department, Aramark and Molly’s Party Club.
“The way everyone came together in support was beautiful,” McNairy said. “The feeling we got knowing that we were doing something larger than ourselves, our organization or even our campus is why we enjoy service efforts. In the end, we are just glad to say we were a part of it all.”
University Police plans to deliver the water and funds next month to Flint, which also is the hometown of Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski.
“Bearcats connect and help others, and I am so proud of the leadership of Phi Beta Sigma and our University Police Department as they helped secure contributions from campus and community individuals and organizations,” Jasinski said. “My hometown of Flint is near and dear to me, but should be closely held in all of our hearts and minds as we seek to uplift the city. I offer my gratitude for those here at Northwest and in our community committing to help uplift the citizens of Flint.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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