CLEAN WATER &
PETERSON FOUNDATION A LEADERSHIP
EXAMPLE FOR THE YOUTH OF FLINT
The Morris Peterson Jr.
with services that improve their quality
of life, and to provide opportunities for
them to participate in educational and
athletic programs. Its founder, Morris
Peterson Jr., was born and raised in
Flint and after playing in the National
Basketball Association for 11 years, he
decided to move back to the area in
order to help the community that helped
mold him into the person he is today.
Morris’ parents, Morris Sr. and Valarie,
were educators in the Flint Community
School system for more than 30 years.
He and his siblings attended and
graduated from Flint community schools.
Executive Director Tonda Peterson-
Bryant said, “When we decided to start
the foundation, our main initiatives
were to provide orthodontic care to
area youth who needed it but for one
reason or another couldn’t afford it; and
we also hosted basketball camps, back
-to-school events and food distributions.
Through our partnerships with Hurley
Medical Center, the United Way of
Genesee County, Meijer (Center Rd.),
St. Mark and Krave Marketing, we have
been able to host an annual Back-to-
School Extravaganza.” The Foundation
gave away over 750 backpacks filled
with school supplies, provided food,
haircuts, face-painting, bounce houses
and community informational booths at
this year’s event.
Foundation is a Flint MI-based
nonprofit organization whose
mission is to provide area youth
Innovative Health - Fall 2017
The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving
distribution provides Thanksgiving
dinner with all the trimmings to Flint
families. Through this event and other
fundraisers, the Foundation has been
able to have provide youth with full
“Once the water crisis happened, we
immediately partnered with the United
Way of Genesee County and gave out
water pitchers that filtered out lead.
We also partnered with Thrive Market
which provided us with vouchers for Flint
residents to receive $100 for their online
market to purchase lead-mitigating
foods, and we distributed and continue
to distribute bottled water,” said