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GM Foundation Donates $50,000 Toward Water Filters in Flint

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General Motors' Flint Assembly

General Motors’ Flint Assembly
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General Motors Foundation will be donating $50,000 to the United Way of Genesee County in order to purchase water filters for residents of Flint, Michigan. Flint, which has had issues with contaminants in the water, will utilize the filters in order to ensure that all citizens have access to safe water for drinking, cooking, and bathing.

“Giving back to our communities is more than investing in our facilities; it involves helping to improve the quality of life for those who live in our plant cities,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North American Manufacturing and Labor Relations vice president. “The United Way is a long-time GM partner and is well positioned in the Flint area to help the residents most in need.”

General Motors was compelled to give to the cause as Flint houses 7,000 employees who work across Flint Assembly, Flint Metal Center, Flint Engine Operations, and Flint North American Touring Center.

Clegg worked closely with UAW VP and director of the union’s GM Department Cindy Estrada, who is also heading up a UAW initiative to distribute bottled water throughout the community.

“The UAW has a proud history of helping workers and their families, but we also take great pride in assisting people in our communities,” Estrada said. “Together with the United Way of Genesee County, GM and the GM Foundation, we hope residents are able to access clean water for their families.”