First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church

1226 Beach St, Flint, MI 48505

Since 2014, ​First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church has been one of the reliable hubs in Flint for residents to get safe drinking water via single serve bottled water. On designated days, residents line up in their cars, sometimes for hours, to receive the water.

​The logistics and heavy lifting, conducted voluntarily by the church deacons, is taxing and finite. And, because Flint isn't in the news as it once was, the amount of water donated has plummeted. As an added challenge, the state of Michigan ended its free water program in Flint making the church’s mission even harder for a community suffering through a prolonged water crisis.

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In 2018, First Trinity and 501CTHREE began working together in on what would become the Water Box. Together, we developed a solution that was as simple and fast as bottled water distribution and a robust testing protocol so that the community could have confidence that the water they received was clean and safe. The Water Box was launched in March of 2019, and has enabled the church to provide water to their community without the cost and waste of single-use plastic bottles.

This Water Box quality & performance:


Single use 16 oz. plastic bottles replaced


Gallons of safe, free water distributed

How you can help right now

Buying this hoodie gives people safe water immediately.

100% of the proceeds from this hoodie go to communities who are water insecure. The hoodie is also carbon negative which includes carbon offsets for the shipping too.

$ 60.00 USD

More Water Boxes for people in need.

Your donation helps 501CTHREE bring clean water to more communities in need. With your help we can expand the program to communities across the USA.

$ 100.00 USD

People need jugs.

Refillable water carriers for an individuals drinking, cooking and hygiene. The jugs (carriers) are handed out at the Water Box locations and can be brought back and refilled during Water Box operating hours. It might seem like a minor donation, but to those in need, it means a lot.

$ 16.95 USD

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