Clinton foundation hosts volunteer event in Queens
by Patrick Kearns
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Councilman Donovan Richards, Chelsea Clinton and Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver work together to clean Brookville Park
Councilman Donovan Richards, Chelsea Clinton and Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver work together to clean Brookville Park
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The Clinton Foundation hosted a “Day of Action” in Queens recently, bringing local elected officials and community groups together. Projects included cleaning Brookville Park and helping rebuild homes that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

“I was thrilled to join the Clinton Foundation and a team of volunteers to dig in and get our hands dirty helping to care for Brookville Park,” said Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver. “The ‘Day of Action’ is a great example of the difference we can make in our neighborhood parks with a little hard work and community spirit.”

The cleanup in Brookville Park included volunteers removing weeds, painting benches and fencing, and spreading woodchips around new trees and horticultural areas. Chelsea Clinton came to Queens to help out, getting her hands right into the clean up.

“It is always great to see the community come out to help beautify our local parks, and it was fun to get my hands dirty with Commissioner Silver and Chelsea Clinton,” said Councilman Donovan Richards. “Commissioner Silver continues to show his support for our district parks and the Clinton family has been fantastic with their efforts to help keep our parks clean.”

Cleanup efforts also took place in Rockaway, where along with the St. Bernard Project volunteers helped rebuild homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers helped hang drywall, sand and paint walls, and lay floors.

The “Day of Action” was founded by the Clinton Foundation back in 2012, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Former President Bill Clinton joined his daughter, who also serves as vice president of the organization, at relief centers in Rockaway.

The event, which was Chelsea’s brainchild, aims to create volunteer opportunities for the local community to give back and help their neighbors. Since the first day of action in 2012, the Clinton Foundation has hosted other volunteer programs in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Coachella, Rio de Janeiro, and Denver.

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