Tikkun olam, the repair of the world, is one of our core values. To that end, we donate 10% of our project hours to arts organizations devoted to social justice causes and 10% of our profits to social and environmental justice organizations. We call this initiative Odyssey to Justice.
Recent Odyssey to Justice grantees include:
Anti-Defamation League of Southern Connecticut - ADL advocacy and programs focus on anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, extremism, hate crimes, civil rights, interfaith and inter-group understanding, and peace in the Middle East. Recognizing that education is an antidote to the virus of hate, ADL’s Connecticut Regional Office delivers the highest quality anti-bias education in communities across the state. Last year alone, ADL’s outstanding team of professional education staff and trainers reached more than 20,000 students, including teachers, parents, state employees and community members.
Arts Council of Greater New Haven - The Arts Council of Greater New Haven strives to advance Greater New Haven by providing leadership and support to the region's diverse arts community. It envisions a thriving arts community at the heart of Greater New Haven and believes that art, culture, and creativity are fundamental human rights. Its New Haven Creative Sector Relief Fund supports an equitable, anti-racist recovery for our community by investing in Black, Brown, and Indigenous artists and creatives and aligns with shared efforts to fight systemic racism and white supremacy culture in the arts sector and the ever-widening wealth gap due to the pandemic.
Artvolution Cultural Innovation Project - The mission of Artvolution is to advance and empower pathways to success for urban and rural communities through innovative learning opportunities and high-quality cultural arts. They affirm these ideas through inspirational presentations, meaningful education and health and wellness programming.
Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund - CWEALF has advanced women’s rights and opportunities in Connecticut since 1973. CWEALF is a statewide nonprofit organization that advocates for and empowers women and girls in Connecticut, especially those who are underserved or marginalized. We work to create an equitable society where women and girls thrive. Throughout the years, CWEALF has played a significant role in policy victories such as marriage equality, discrimination protections based on gender identity, birth control access, earned sick days, and protections for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
Hartbeat Ensemble - Founded in 2001, HartBeat Ensemble's mission is to create provocative theater that connects our community beyond traditional barriers of race, gender, class and geography. HartBeat is the only institution in Hartford that is consistently using theater to speak powerfully across different generations, races, populations and interest groups. As an ensemble of artist-activists, it creates as well as present innovative productions based on critical civic issues.
First Nations Development Institute - First Nations Development Institute's mission is to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. It invests in and creates innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities. First Nations Development Institute improves economic conditions for Native Americans through technical assistance & training, advocacy & policy, and direct financial grants.
Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services - Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) is a non-profit agency whose mission is to help refugees and other displaced people establish new lives, strengthen hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities. Welcoming persecuted people from other countries is America’s most noble tradition. IRIS helps newcomers on the road to self-sufficiency by providing lifesaving support during their transition to life in the United States
Rainforest Trust - Rainforest Trust saves endangered wildlife and protects our planet by creating rainforest reserves through partnerships, community engagement and donor support. Its unique, cost-effective conservation model for protecting endangered species has been implemented successfully for over 30 years, and its reserves are exemplary models of international conservation.
In addition, Odyssey Associates commits to regular diversity, equity, and inclusion training for its staff members and endeavors to provide qualified and diverse consulting teams for its clients.
"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?"
Rabbi Hillel (Pirke Avot 1:14)
The Quinnipiacs’ name means “The People of the Long Water Land," and they spoke the Quiripy language, a dialect of Eastern Alogonquin. They were not nomadic, but rather resided in present day New Haven County in wigwams, traversing the land either by foot or by dug canoes. They were led by wise men and women called sachems, and they were able fishermen, farmers, and hunters. The Quinnipiac people were subdivided into four bands, with the Montowese band living in present day North Haven.
They were the stewards of this region for generations, until in 1638, colonial authorities seized the land along the Quinnipiac coast, forcing a relocation of this people along a bounded space on which the surviving communities could remain. This action created America’s first Native American reservation. Over time, settlers took Quinnipiac property, and no more Quinnipiac landholdings exist today. Many members of the tribe still reside in Connecticut, but the community is not currently a federal or state recognized tribe.
The headquarters of Odyssey Associates sits upon their ancestral land, and we honor the Quinnipiacs' history, struggle, and resilience. To learn about the native peoples of your area, visit native-land.ca.