Behrend student collects thousands of bottles of water for Flint, Michigan
Behrend student collects thousands of bottles of water for Flint, Michigan.
The 19-year-old sophomore and political science major will deliver more than 3,000 bottles of water to Flint in April.
@ETNWeiss When Penn State Behrend sophomore Seun Babalola was a summer intern for Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign, the 19-year-old sat in on a meeting in New York City that he’ll never forget.
It made an immediate impact on Babalola.
"If I’m able to open up a bathroom and drink water, and someone in the United States hasn’t been able to do that for the past three years, that’s not going to sit well with me.
I’m going to try to help," said Babalola, who recently held a fundraiser for Flint, collecting more than 3,000 bottles of water and $300 that he plans on delivering to Michigan in April.
He solicited donations from one of several fundraising tables that Behrend keeps inside the Reed Union Building.
Flint is one of a dozen cities and communities in the Erie Vital Signs project, which tracks trends and community indicators in the region’s critical areas and compares those numbers in similar areas with Erie.
He is aiming for a career in civil rights law, and to later work as a university professor.
Gerry Weiss can be reached at 870-1884 or by email.