Donor profile: Katie Monroe

Why she gives: “I support Bread & roses because no one else is doing this work, and because they challenge me to think in terms of activism and systemic change in a way that i need to be challenged. I appreciate that.”

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“The more you look at the entrenched inequalities in our city, the more you realize you need to join with folks who are already working to make social justice happen,” says new Bread & Roses donor Katie Monroe. Monroe became involved with Bread & Roses through this year’s Change Ride, which raised $13,826 for racial and economic justice in the Philadelphia region. Ride participants visited Bread & Roses grantees around the city and heard stories about their movements for change. Monroe volunteered as a ride leader.

As founder of the Women Bike PHL campaign, Monroe knew that group bike rides are a powerful tool to bring people together and learn about local issues. She was motivated to raise money to support her participation in the Change Ride. “Bread & Roses is so thoughtful and intentional about how it does the work in terms of who is involved with decision-making, which I think is very awesome,” she says.

Learning about the grantee groups on the Change Ride impressed Monroe. “What I appreciate about Bread & Roses is that it helps me connect to these other movements to learn about them and support them in meaningful ways,” she says. “Bread & Roses serves an important role helping educate people who might not have a strong background in grassroots organizing on what’s going on and how they can get involved.