A Brief History of CCfH
Concerned Citizens for Humanity, Ltd. (CCfH) was founded in 1990 by a group of professional artists, writers, photographers and designers, living and working in Connecticut, who envisioned a “Creative Peace Corps.” Its founders wanted to use their creative skills to give something back to their communities which were deeply impacted by social ills such as HIV/AIDS, Violence, Addiction, Homelessness, and Teen Pregnancy.
The goal was to foster a community-wide moral understanding of these and other social issues by using grass root inspired art, writing, photography, and design to help change negative attitudes and perceptions that exist within various social networks. Through the creation of powerful awareness posters and educational materials developed with the active participation of underserved populations CCfH has produced and disseminated a body of award winning work that has made for healthier communities and redefined the term – community level intervention.
The founders of CCfH were first inspired by Ernest Washington, a friend and prison inmate with HIV, who after he left prison devoted the rest of his life to helping society understand the emotional and physical needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. He died of AIDS in 1991.
CCfH was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization and received its 501(c) (3) approval in 1991. It has since joined creative forces with a diverse group of health and human service organizations, including Population Services International, the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control, the Connecticut Department of Public Health and Department of Education; AIDS Project Hartford/New Haven/Bridgeport, the Urban League, Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services, Latinos/as Contra SIDA, the Connecticut Indian Council, the American School for the Deaf, the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, ACT-UP CT, and many others.
Today, CCfH has a core staff of three employees (one full-time and two part-time) and a dedicated team of creative subcontractors that regularly produce outstanding, award-winning work at compensatory rates considerably lower than scale. CCfH currently has an annual budget of more than $600,000 and a proven track record of working with local, state, national, and sometimes global organizations. It receives the majority of its funding from grants provided by federal, state, and local agencies and accepts donations from individuals, small businesses, and corporations in the private sector.
Since 1990, CCfH has produced and distributed nearly half a million posters throughout the United States and internationally.