For the last two years, citizens of Flint Michigan has been exposed to toxic levels of lead from corrosive drinking water. The Flint Water Crisis finally came to a head earlier this month when Michigan’s governor declared a state of emergency and called in the national guard to distribute bottled water. Last week President Obama declared the crisis a federal state of emergency.
This week Pearl Jam pledged a donation of $125,000 to The United Way of Genesee County to aid in the support of Flint, Michigan residents. What’s more, “a close group of the band’s friends and partners” including Glaser Progress Foundation, Live Nation, Brandi Carlile’s Looking Out Foundation, Republic Records, Ticketmaster, Universal Music Publishing Group and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment have donated an additional $175,000.
The band is also calling on fans to donate and has set up a fundraising campaign on Crowdrise. So far, fans have pledged nearly $20,000.
According to a statement posted on Pearl Jam’s website, “Monetary donations will first be used for the purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts in Flint, Michigan. After the short-term need of Flint residents has been met, any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. This fund will provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.”