People of color networking event a huge success

More than 250 people, most of them new to Bread & Roses Community Fund, came to a networking event for professionals of color in February. The event was organized by Bread & Roses intern Yolanda Washington, who says: “I wanted a chance to have that down-to-earth conversation that’s been aching to get out.”

Significant input Bread & Roses received during its visioning process last year highlighted the need to reach out to more people of color and more young people.

“The networking event strengthened my sense of purpose because everyday people got up and spoke about how Bread & Roses had supported them in making a direct impact in the lives of other everyday people,” said Aurora Sanchez, teen outreach specialist and advisor to a teen philanthropy board.

According to Tarsha Scovens, coordinator of alumni relations at Community College of Philadelphia and co-founder of Let’s Go Outdoors: “It was an informative, exciting, and casual event that allowed me to connect with wonderful and like-minded individuals. My interest in Bread & Roses has been heightened.”

Romeeka Williams, from Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative grantee Youth Art & Self- empowerment Project (YASP), told newcomers at the event: “Without Bread & Roses I would have never been hired at YASP, and that goes for many more people that work with us in our organization.”

A working group has been formed to plan future discussions, town halls, and networking events. To learn more, contact Ray Murphy at

Photo by: Lauren Hansen-Flaschen

Photo by: Lauren Hansen-Flaschen