Take What You Need and the San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition will both receive Harvey Milk Community Service Awards.
This Friday at noon, don't miss The Center’s annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, back this year as a free virtual community celebration open to all! The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast began as a vision of City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez, who founded the Breakfast with inaugural co-chairs Dr. Delores A. Jacobs and Commissioner Robert Gleason. For the past 13 years, this event has served to honor the memory of Harvey Milk, an influential civil rights activist and a pioneering openly gay elected official, and celebrate our San Diego LGBTQ community. It also provides an opportunity to recognize the amazing contributions of our LGBTQ elected and appointed officials, leaders, and allies and to celebrate those who are serving the community. This year's honorees will receive the Harvey Milk Community Service Award including:
Take What You Need
The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast has chosen Take What You Need to receive the Harvey Milk Community Service Award, acknowledging their leadership and impact in connecting community members to vital food resources. Take What You Need is a grassroots program distributing free food to those in need, and was founded by Darnelle Williams when he saw people in dire need of food and felt helpless. During the pandemic, since May 2020, Take What You Need has provided free groceries to San Diego households every Tuesday- serving an average of 190 households per week. Groceries are purchased with donations from the community, and no one is left out- they have bilingual volunteers on hand and each person who walks through the gate is given a bag to fill with food items of their choice, and is treated with the upmost respect, dignity and love. Darnelle Williams will accept the award on behalf of Take What You Need.
The San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition
The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast has chosen the San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition to receive the Harvey Milk Community Service Award. Founded in 2015 by Dwayne Crenshaw, the Coalition has been hard at work to realize its vision of “a strong, sustained and connected Black LGBTQ community in San Diego.” This past year they have made tremendous strides towards that vision, including ushering in a new 2021 Coalition Cabinet and achieving their status as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. In the six years since their founding, the Coalition has intentionally filled a gap here in San Diego, providing a space that uplifts and expressly serves the San Diego Black LGBTQ community. Vice President Ronald Epps will accept the award on behalf of the San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition.
This year’s event will take place virtually on Friday, May 21 at noon and will be free to view on The Center's social media platforms. We will be providing fun Watch Kits to those who sign up with creative ways to watch; please RSVP here to get the latest event information. The funds we raise at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast will support The Center’s Emergency Fund, that allows us to continue to provide an extraordinary level of Emergency Services to our community during this pandemic.
We hope you will join us virtually, and in community, this Friday at noon!