PVC Member Testimonials
I’ve never been politically active. I was active-duty Army for over 20 years, and it wasn’t something I ever considered doing. However, the 2016 presidential election lit a fire within me. I was devastated by the results of the election, and the direction it seemed our country was heading in...one of divisiveness rather than inclusiveness. I heard about PVC, before it was even called that, and it was a place where I felt I could make a difference and my voice would be heard. I’ve loved being part of political round table discussions, gerrymandering awareness lectures, women’s marches, and so many other events. I’m thankful for the opportunities PVC has afforded me to make my voice heard and become active. - Jennifer Reinkober
After the 2016 election, I could clearly and painfully see that my civic duty went beyond just showing up at the polls. I was looking for a way to get involved when I heard about this group meeting at the Tabb Library by my house. The energy in the room that night was palpable! We became Peninsula Voices for Change and we surfed the Blue Wave this past November; Let’s bring on a tsunami this November!
I have 2 young children and a husband who travels so I do what fits in our schedule. I just show up when I can. If you come to a PVC meeting and see 2 children on tablets sitting on the floor in the back, those kiddos are mine! I handed out fliers for redistricting reform at the polls during primaries last year. I knocked on doors this past election day. I got to lobby my delegate in Richmond- what a civics lesson! I make calls to my representatives. And thanks to Cassie DeSena-Jacobs for making us all feel good about what we do, no matter how small. It keeps me motivated and inspired. My belief is if we ALL just do our something. Just what we can. We can prevail. No one else is coming along to do this for us. - Mary Flaherty
Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” I came to my first Peninsula Voices for Change meeting a year ago, and immediately caught the sense of the small group as being the type Margaret Mead spoke about. I found friends and kindred spirits who fostered my own higher instincts to better the world we find ourselves in. In a world of hatred, division, and darkness, we came together to spark a light. Thank you. - David Jenkins
PVC Members engaged in community activities!