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Shirley Chisholm: Crash Course Black American History #43

In 1972, Shirley Chisholm ran for president of the United States of America as a Democrat. She didn't win, but this was not the beginning or the end of her c...
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The secret history of the woman behind Monopoly | What the History?!

Monopoly might be America's favorite board game, but it has a surprising secret. The true inventor of the game is a woman you've probably never heard of: Liz...
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Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month With Us

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and we’ve got a reel full of celebration. Travel from Hawaii to New York City to meet a hula champion living ou...
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Why Invest in Early Childhood Care & Education

Rep. Katie Porter absolutely shreds Lindsey Burke, a right-wing Heritage Foundation official, who tries to say there's not enough money to invest in universa...
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Why Do We Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month?

May marks the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The month represents a celebration of the important contributions of the #AAPI community to American his...
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The War on Drugs: Crash Course Black American History #42

The War on Drugs is a decades-long United States policy intended to curb illegal drug use and trafficking. Long story short: it has not worked to reduce drug...
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Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall Rebellion: Crash Course Black American History #41

Today we’re learning about Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall rebellion. Serving as a pivotal moment in the modern Gay Rights Movement, Stonewall began on J...
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How Lawns Became the Status Symbol of the United States | Human Footprint | PBS

Official Website: | #HumanFootprintPBSHow much do you really know about the grass beneath your feet? It turns out, there's a whole...
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Exploring Our Impact on Planet Earth | Human Footprint | PBS

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How An Ancient Ocean Shaped US History

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Notable Women for Kids | Women's History Month | International Women's Day | Twinkl USA

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Women’s History Month: How it was born and why it's observed in March | JUST THE FAQS

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Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
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Lee Cruz
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Community Outreach Director
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Early Childhood, Aging\Elderly Services, Youth, Food Assistance, Energy Assistance, Career Assistance, Housing Assistance, Shelter, Health, Education, Adult Education, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Arts, Economic Development
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neighborhoods, community organizing and storytelling.

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Philanthropy: Time to Abandon the Ivory Tower of Climate Policy

Posted on June 5, 2024 at 8:47am 0 Comments

NOTE: This article is 2 years old, the current situation is even more urgent than in 2022.

Even before the pandemic and nationwide racial justice demonstrations gripped the nation in 2020, “climate philanthropy” was rapidly expanding and evolving, with large foundations and mega-donors pledging billions of additional dollars to address the climate crisis. With an estimated $125 trillion of climate investment needed by 2050 to decarbonize the world economy,…


Creative Circle Asks Community To The Dance

Posted on May 8, 2024 at 9:49am 0 Comments

The arts and sciences, the movement and stillness, the rhythm of breath and step: on Saturday afternoon, all came together in the performance space at St. Paul and St. James Episcopal Church on Olive Street for Creative Circle, a delightful dance and music performance that saw two dance companies — the New Haven-based kamrDANCE and the New York-based SYREN Modern Dance — engage each other as well as the audience in their latest works…


CT’s ‘clean slate’ law to take full effect after delay

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Helen Caraballo seemingly got a break a dozen years ago when she was convicted of a low-level felony in a drug conspiracy case: A judge gave her a suspended sentence, sparing her time in prison...

Who supports climate justice in the U.S.?

Posted on February 27, 2024 at 3:36am 0 Comments

Climate change is harming people in the United States and around the world. While climate change harms people from all walks of life, those who have done the least to cause climate change often suffer the most, while those who have emitted the most carbon pollution often suffer the least. Climate change also exacerbates existing vulnerabilities, including those based on personal factors (such…


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At 9:11am on October 11, 2023, Fatima Rojas said…

Thank you Lee! I added a profile picture. It is great to know that this community space exists!


At 11:07am on October 1, 2023, Barb Nangle said…

Thanks Lee!

At 8:42am on August 10, 2023, Barbara Fair said…

Thank you Lee for adding me as a friend of the community, which I am. It was great reconnecting and receiving so much great info. 

At 12:03pm on June 8, 2023, Donna Golden said…

You're my first GNHcommunity friend! Thank you for your generous support - much appreciated!

At 5:27am on April 17, 2023, Robbin Seipold said…

Lee - Thanks for reaching out!  This is a great resource for posting and receiving information on all good things in the gscia! (greatest small city in America!)

At 4:18am on November 7, 2022, Mary Buchanan said…

Thank you, Lee!

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At 3:25pm on August 19, 2021, Fay Williams said…

Thank you Sir, for such quick turnaround. Fay

At 4:04am on August 13, 2020, Sarah Lockery said…

Hi Lee,

Thanks for your welcome.  Rather than join the community as an individual, can The Children's Center of Hamden join?


At 9:53am on April 1, 2020, Ray Andrewsen said…

Hi there Lee. Glad to join with everyone in my new role as Director of Membership Services with the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.


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“Lifting As We Climb”: In South Minneapolis, a Historic Restoration Heals

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, one South Minneapolis community convulsed in pain and suffered massive destruction. On Juneteenth this year, it celebrates the fruition of a project that speaks volumes about community agency and ownership, and how support from intermediaries, including LISC, can be profoundly transformative in building back stronger, and more equitably, than ever before.

D.C. Seniors Find a Supportive Home in New Affordable Assisted Living Community, with Help from LISC

A $2.1 million predevelopment loan from LISC helped Gragg Cardona Partners build The Residences at Kenilworth Park, an affordable housing complex adjacent to a wetlands preserve in Northeast D.C. offering supportive services for Medicaid-eligible and other qualified elderly residents 60 and older. The development meets high-quality accessibility standards and provides on-site certified nurses and aides, access to nature, community and nutritious food, among many other keys to well-being.

Pain into Purpose: Community Violence Intervention Workers Tell It Like It Is

For the second year in a row, the Department of Justice, in partnership with LISC, brought together hundreds of community violence intervention practitioners from across the country to share their experiences and insights on the front lines of gun violence and trauma. Their stories and wisdom are reshaping narratives about victimhood and perpetrators, and helping implement solutions to create safer, healthier communities.

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