COP Water Collection Drive


flintCOP Water Collection Drive

In the spirit community policing (which promotes public safety through the power of partnerships), an emergency effort to export this problem-solving strategy to our neighbors in Michigan is now underway. The lack of access to clean drinking water in Flint, MI represents a threat to public safety, a threat we can relate to locally following the outbreak of Cryptosporidium in Milwaukee in 1993.

In response to this crisis, a group of local leaders networked on an emergency basis to develop a coordinated strategy to offer assistance. The resulting plan of action is simple in nature and anyone who wishes to participate may do so in one of two ways.

First and foremost, the local clergy will lead this effort through coordinated donations from their respective congregations. Beginning this Sunday January 10th, a group of churches in Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee have pledged to oversee special offerings that will be earmarked to purchase bottled water. Subsequent distribution of the water will be managed by local churches in Flint.

Through the power of social media, the local leaders involved in this effort seek to expand participation by encouraging other church organizations to participate.

Secondarily, business organizations or concerned citizens who wish to contribute to this effort outside of church services on Sunday may do so by directing checks to the following address:

COP Water Collection Drive
Southeastern WI Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship
C/O Art Howell, Chief of Police
Racine Police Department
730 Center Street
Racine, WI 53403

Donations may also be submitted electronically through the Givelify ( via the following:

Greater Mt. Eagle Baptist Church
929 State Street
Racine, WI
Memo (Special Offering/COP Water Drive)

Per established IRS guidelines for authorized 501c3 organizations, receipt of donations received through the Office of the Chief of Police will be acknowledged by formal letter for tax purposes (through the non-profit organization established in support of local police-community relations).

The goal is to raise enough funds to send at least one full semi load of water. Additional water will be sent as resources allow.

Thank you in advance any consideration given to this public safety/humanitarian appeal.


Art Howell
Chief of Police