Nov 27
November 27, 2012

Giving Back to Our Communities


Photo: On Sunday, November 18, the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) partnered with CGI member Team Rubicon, NYC Service, and New York Cares to bring more than 1,000 volunteers to the Rockaways in Queens to participate in a Day of Action for New York, an effort to bring relief to one of the areas hardest-hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Over the past holiday week, we have celebrated many traditions, including a day of thanks, days of deals, and a day of supporting our local restaurants and shops.  And today, we are recognizing a new tradition – one that gives back to our community – #GivingTuesday.

At their core, both the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) are organizations that work to give to others - to provide the opportunity, tools, and resources that people need to build a better world and a stronger future. But we also, perhaps even more importantly, try to provide a platform where anyone can give back and get involved, and to inspire more people to do whatever they can to make a difference. 
There are many ways you can be a global citizen and give back to your community, or support a local issue that you care about. We all have something to give – money, time, skills, ideas, resources – and every little gesture adds up to make a big impact.
One local issue we care about here in New York City, where the Clinton Foundation and CGI both have offices, is helping the thousands of people who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. On Sunday November 18, the Clinton Foundation and CGI organized a Day of Action for New York to support The Rockaways in Queens – an area of New York City that had been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Together, we mobilized more than 1,000 volunteers to help with relief efforts. While there is still much work to be done for this community to recovery from Hurricane Sandy, we were able to make a small but meaningful difference for those in The Rockaways. We plan to organize another Day of Action in the coming weeks to help others who are still working through what is left behind from Hurricane Sandy.
This #GivingTuesday, I encourage you to take action to make a difference in a community – whether it’s your own community or one halfway around the world. Visit the Clinton Foundation website to find other volunteer opportunities in your community, or for other ways to show your support on #GivingTuesday.