Today, Liberty Bank Foundation Executive Director Sue Murphy (l) and Community Foundation of Middlesex County President & CEO Cynthia Clegg (r) hit the airwaves to talk local philanthropy, appearing on iCRV Radio’s weekly program, Feel Good Friday. Both Middletown-based funders are currently celebrating 20 years of partnering to address local issues.
Much of the conversation centered around the value of partnership. And, in fact, as Cynthia put it, Liberty Bank Foundation and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County “have been Velcroed together” since their inceptions. Sue and Cynthia agreed that their greatest strength comes from working together. “We have a strong bond,” said Cynthia.
When there’s an emerging need, these leaders’ first impulse is to pick up the phone, put their heads together, and look for a collective solution. As an example, Sue pointed to the Middlesex County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, a group made up of funders, nonprofits, businesses, and community leaders.
In 2007, the group set out to end homelessness in 10 years. “I would like to claim a recent victory,” said Sue. “Our Coalition has led the way in the state in ending chronic homelessness in Middlesex County, Wallingford and Meriden.” Sue explained the hurdle just conquered involved housing the most vulnerable — those who have been homeless the longest and who also suffer from disabling conditions. “That’s not to say that no one will ever be homeless again,” Sue said. “But we’ve developed a system with real solutions for those newly homeless, rather than simply directing them to a shelter.”
To listen to the entire program, please go to www.icrvradio.com and click on the Archive link. There you will find a recording of today’s program.