DENVER — Chelsea Clinton led a few hundred volunteers in a day of service led by her family’s foundation Sunday that assisted six local nonprofit organizations that provide food, medicine and housing for people in the United States and across the world.
The day of action, something the Clinton Foundation began after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the New York and New Jersey coast in 2012, is a way of giving back to the city playing host to the Clinton Global Initiative America meetings, which run Tuesday through Thursday at the Sheraton hotel downtown.
“We’re so grateful for the warm welcome we’ve received already in Denver and we want to make sure we’re giving a little something back to the community,” Chelsea Clinton said after assisting volunteers, which included a local Girl Scouts troop, at Project Cure, which ships medical supplies to more than 120 countries.
During opening remarks on the lawn outside the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton joked that she wouldn’t be doing much heavy lifting Sunday given her “current condition” — she’s expecting her first child this fall.
Sporting baby blue Day of Action t-shirts, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sen. Michael Bennet, and CGI America co-chairs Steve Farber and Steve Bachar — affectionately dubbed “the Steves”, welcomed the Clintons to Colorado, a fitting host city for the solutions-focused summit, they said, given its recovery from last year’s floods.
“We really don’t care whether we’re Republicans or Democrats or independents; we just know there’s a job to do,” Bennet said. “And there has been a job to do to recover from those floods.”
Hickenlooper added: “We’re going to kick off a week here at CGI where we really look at how do we address the most pressing issues in the world in a non-partisan way?”
Bill Clinton showed up Sunday to assist Habitat for Humanity volunteers in Denver; and he’ll tour the Stout Street Clinic, which serves Denver’s homeless population, on Monday morning.
A release from CGI calls the clinic “an example of an innovative approach to addressing the integrated health care and housing needs of homeless families and individuals, a population often overlooked by economic policy makers.”
Around the same time, Hillary Clinton will be signing her new book, Hard Choices, at the Tattered Cover in LoDo.
The Democrats’ presumptive 2014 front-runner should she run again for the presidency, Clinton was just in Colorado earlier this month for a paid speaking engagement.
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