February 29, 2016

SGA holds water drive for Flint

Cleveland State University’s Student Government Association (SGA) began a water drive at the end of January for Flint, Mich.

Flint is suffering from a water crisis because of high levels of lead in the city’s water. The problem has sparked a lot of concern around the world, including Cleveland State’s SGA.

Junior accounting major and finance minor Gregory Joyce II came up with the idea with his fellow SGA members. They wanted to host a water drive to help out the city and spread awareness about this issue.
“We want to raise awareness for students about the significance of lead poisoning that is going on in Flint, Michigan,” Joyce said.

The lead problem is unknown and often ignored throughout Cleveland State, Joyce explained.

“A lot of students didn’t know and some students really don’t care about what is going on because it is kind of out of sight out of mind,” Joyce said. “It is something that we should all keep in mind.”

Although SGA does not have a specific goal for the water drive, it is doing better than what was expected. SGA only expected to fill one truck.

“I don’t know the exact amount we have thus far, but I will say the water drive is doing way better than expected,” he said. “We have so much water that we have to store it in different places on campus.”
SGA has not only spread awareness about the water drive throughout Cleveland State but also throughout the community.

The majority of the water it has collected has come from off campus.

SGA will continue collecting cases of water, along with cash donations, until Feb. 29. It plans to deliver the cases of water in March.

“We would like to get a few oversized U-Hauls and deliver the cases of water either the first or second weekend in March,” Joyce said.

The water drive is not the only charity work that the SGA has organized for the semester.

Along with helping Flint, Cleveland State’s SGA has organized a clothing drive to benefit displaced Syrian refugees in Jordan.

SGA is working in conjunction with the organization Helping Hands for Relief and Development, a humanitarian organization.

The clothing drive will be held for a month, starting on Feb. 22 until March 21.

Clothing is being accepted at their office, which is Room 217 in the Student Center and at Mather Mansion.

Drop off is allowed any day of the week.


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