October 22, 2013
Oct 22

MEDIA ADVISORY: Chelsea Clinton, hundreds of volunteers come together for second ‘Day of Action’ in communities recovering from Hurricane Sandy

New York, NY
Press Release

The Clinton Foundation, with NYC Parks and Recreation, NYC Service, and St. Bernard Project, will mobilize hundreds of volunteers for a day of service

NEW YORK, NY - On Saturday, October 26, the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation will bring together hundreds of volunteers for a second Sandy-related “Day of Action,” an effort to aid communities that are still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. This is the fifth “Day of Action” overall which has mobilized thousands of volunteers across the country to give back to their respective communities.

Led by Chelsea Clinton, volunteers will participate in multiple service projects throughout Rockaway, Queens and Staten Island rebuilding houses, cleaning and updating public parks, conducting conservation activities, a school beautification project, and more. This is the second Sandy-related “Day of Action,” recognizing that effective disaster response involves a multi-year effort that addresses long-term challenges faced by impacted communities. Projects will take place at Brookville Park, Rockaway Park, PS 197 and homes in Far Rockaway. 

At approximately 1:15 PM, Chelsea Clinton will join St. Bernard Project (SBP), along with its project partners, to break ground on the future site of the first “Resilient House” – the “Designing Recovery” competition’s winning design, selected for New York. This project was first announced as a CGI America Commitment to Action. Designed by Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building, the “Resilient House” was modeled to be energy efficient, cost effective, and able to withstand future disasters.  Chelsea will join future home-owners, the Lyons family, to break ground on their new home and offer remarks.

Since the first “Day of Action” in New York for Hurricane sandy Relief last November, Chelsea has continued to lead the Day of Action program with additional service days in the New York tri-state area, St. Louis and Chicago.

Learn more or sign up to volunteer here: clintonfoundation.org/NYCDayofAction. Follow the Day of Action on social media at Facebook.com/ClintonFoundation, Twitter @ClintonFdn, Instagram.com/ClintonFoundation, and join the conversation with the hashtag #DayofAction.

Members of the press with questions regarding the event should email [email protected]. Press must RSVP to attend this event. To RSVP for any of the below activities, please complete the form here: www.clintonfoundation.org/day-action-new-york-city-press-rsvp

This “Day of Action” is sponsored by Beth and David Shaw, Quiznos, and The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Contact: [email protected]


Rockaway Park Service Project with Chelsea Clinton (12:00 PM ET)
Beach 29th Street, Near PS 43, Rockaway Beach,
Queens, NY 11691  

Groundbreaking at St. Bernard Project with Remarks from Chelsea Clinton (1:15 PM ET)
427 Beach 46th Street
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Chelsea Clinton will join St. Bernard Project and home-owners, the Lyons family, to break ground on their new home. This project represents the first “Resilient Home” St. Bernard Project will build. Speakers Include: Zack Rosenburg, Founder, CEO of St. Bernard Project; Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation; Russ Davidson, Vice President, American Institute of Architects; The Lyons Family

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Learn more about our work at http://www.clintonfoundation.org/about, on Facebook at Facebook.com/ClintonFoundation and on Twitter @ClintonFdn.

About St. Bernard Project
SBP is an innovative, award-winning rebuilding nonprofit organization, which works to ensure that disaster-impacted citizens and communities recover in a prompt, efficient and predictable manner. Through its Disaster Recovery Lab, SBP works to share lessons learned, prevent common barriers to recovery, and help communities utilize SBP’s standardized, repeatable and proven-effective model.

Since its founding in 2006, in response to Hurricane Katrina, SBP has rebuilt homes for over 600 families in greater New Orleans, Louisiana and Joplin, Missouri with the help of nearly 50,000 volunteers. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, SBP has been working on the ground in Rockaway and Staten Island, New York to help displaced families rebuild their homes and their lives. 

Learn more about our work in Sandy-impacted areas and elsewhere at http://sandy.stbernardproject.org/, on Facebook at Facebook.com/Stbernardproject and on Twitter @StBernardProj

About Resilient House:
Designed by Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building, the “Resilient House” for New York has a layout that orients living spaces towards the sun, and minimizes interior partitions.  Structurally insulated panels allow for a tightly sealed and highly insulated building enclosure.  Combined with a highly efficient ventilation system and upgraded windows, these design elements project to a 30% reduction in annual energy consumption.  The house will be built above the floodplain with a flood-proof foundation to ensure natural disasters will not affect the structure.  By using traditional construction methods and equipment, this dwelling can be built for less than $50,000 in material cost.

To learn more, visit http://www.sustainable.to/.