Jan 27
January 27, 2017

The Foundation at Work: Making Our Communities Stronger Through Service and Partnership


We at the Clinton Foundation believe that we all do better when we help each other. The examples of the ‘Foundation at Work’ this week reflect that commitment. Whether it’s volunteering in our local communities, making your own personal resolution to give back to others, or exploring ways we can work together to address complex challenges – the updates below show that together we can empower those around us and improve the world.

In recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Clinton Presidential Center’s CEO Stephanie Streett and George W. Bush Institute’s Executive Director Holly Kuzmich authored a blog recognizing three alumni from the Presidential Leadership Scholars program who are giving back through service projects that are making their communities stronger.

In an interview with Refinery29 during the Clinton Foundation Day of Action, Chelsea Clinton discusses the importance of volunteering and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s #NewDaysResolution campaign, which focuses on daily resolutions with the idea that we’re more likely to achieve small goals for health every day rather than one big goal for health once a year.

Down in Little Rock, the Clinton Presidential Center recently partnered with the Girl Scouts – Diamonds chapter to host “Girl Fest 2017.” This annual event brought together more than 300 Girl Scouts interested in exploring the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as the arts and healthy living. Several workshops led by local female leaders were held, including a coding activity led by the Innovation Hub, an opportunity to learn about the wetlands with Audubon Arkansas, and a chance to experience farming and sustainability at Heifer International.

Health Matters (CHMI) recently kicked off a state-wide 2017 Housing Re-Entry Initiative Tour with the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission. For this program, CHMI will act as the neutral convener and facilitator and will bring together diverse partners, strategize tangible solutions, and bring those solutions to scale in addressing open housing opportunities. Strategic partners visited key cities across the state to garner awareness on opportunities available to house this growing population.

Today, stakeholders of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Water Infrastructure team convened a continuation of the water infrastructure roundtable held last July, which aimed to identify public-private partnership solutions that could help address water infrastructure challenges in low-income U.S. cities like Flint, Michigan.