28 Nov 2023

A Round Of Applause

Josh Pereira


We at the POC are inspired by advocates working hard to empower people in all Rhode Island communities.

And we’re proud to have many dedicated advocates as leaders within our foundation! This fall, POC Founder Barbara Papitto, POC Managing Trustee John Tarantino and POC Board Members Marcy Reyes & Paula Fernandez were all recognized for their leadership in creating access to opportunity.

Since 2020, Papitto Opportunity Connection has invested more than $70 million into educational, skills-training, and entrepreneurial programs based on community-identified needs. These investments ignite action within underserved communities.

Thank you, Barbara, John, Paula, and Marcy, for your responsible stewardship and dedication!

(CREDIT: Jen Bonin) — Barbara Papitto accepts Waterfire’s Philanthropic Leadership Impact Award alongside Fireball Honorary Co-chairs Arnell and Alicia Milhouse.


POC Managing Trustee John Tarantino accepts the Rhode Island Black Business Association’s ‘Partnership Award.


POC Board Member Marcy Reyes accepts the Rhode Island Black Business Association’s ‘Change Agent Award.’


Paola Fernandez accepts the American Bankers Association Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award.

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