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Letty Murray: Subtly Extraordinary

There was nothing average about Letty Murray. She was subtly extraordinary and inspired many to mirror her generosity, kindness and responsibility. In her nearly ten decades of life, she created relationships which were woven into the fabric of giving. Before Laetitia ‘Letty’ Meachem Murray was born, her family was already known for greatness and generosity. She was a descendant of

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OG’s Against Violence: Rebuilding the “Village” of Syracuse

In just over five years, Clifford Ryan has prevented 43 shootings, over 100 stabbings and countless physical fights. He does this by stepping into the middle of disputes and offering moments of consideration: Is it worth it? Think of the outcomes. Is this the appropriate response right now? Ryan, a life-long Syracuse resident and founder of OG’s Against Violence, is

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Indian Cultural Center Raises Money for Community-at-Large

For more than 35 years, the India Community Religious and Cultural Center (ICRCC) has been a vibrant organization that is fulfilling its mission to share and promote India’s rich cultural and religious heritage in the greater Syracuse area and support the community-at-large. This year when the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic reached our region, Dr. Shridevi Karikehalli, pathologist at the

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The Leadership Classroom: Celebrating 25 years of Mentoring and Leading the Future’s Grassroots Organizations

It’s the first The Leadership Classroom (TLC) class of the New Year and facilitator Hasan Stephens decides to switch things up. He finishes writing his thoughts on the whiteboard for the upcoming lesson when he turns around, adjusts his jacket and asks the class an unexpected question: what are everyone’s New Year’s resolutions – or goals – for 2019? One

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Green Lakes Center Offers Children a Unique Connection to Nature

The Green Lakes State Park Educational Center is closed on one dreary, cold morning of December, but that doesn’t keep Katie Mulverhill, environmental educator, from turning away the few people that trickle in to see what the building is all about. “Feel free to look around,” she says to one gentleman as she sits on a cushioned bench overlooking Green

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Community Foundation Commits More than $2 Million to End Childhood Lead Poisoning in Syracuse

October 24, 2018 (Syracuse, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation announced today that it will be investing more than $2 million over four years to help end childhood lead poisoning in Syracuse. Its new LeadSafeCNY initiative will fund a variety of approaches to address the region’s alarming childhood lead poisoning rates. According to the Onondaga County Health Department,

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Literacy Council Primes Cortland County Children for Success

In rural Cortland County, only 24% of third graders are testing proficiently on New York State English Language Arts exams. This is especially important because third grade marks a turning point in early education: at that time, children typically are expected to stop learning to read and begin reading to learn other subjects. To keep on track towards this goal,

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Community Foundation Announces New Hire and Promotion

April 3, 2018 – The Central New York Community Foundation has hired one employee and promoted one. Kari Simpkins was hired as Program Associate. She assists with the implementation of the community grant program, special initiatives and nonprofit development programs. A native of Rochester, New York, Simpkins attended Syracuse University and holds a degree in Child and Family Studies with

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