For more than a decade, I've been involved in various community non-profits: as a volunteer, as a donor, and sometimes as a board member.
I'm proud of the work I've done: coaching local entrepreneurs, advancing public art projects, facilitating anti-poverty initiatives, advocating for kids in the child welfare system, and (my kids' favorite) fostering dozens of puppies and kittens until they were big enough to be adopted.
But I would be remiss to think that my involvement in charitable causes is enough.
Charity is a stop-gap measure, a way to help our neighbors when they fall through the cracks. But it is not a substitute for laws, policies, and institutions that give people a fair shake from the start.
We desperately need leaders in Richmond who will reckon with the big question of justice.
This is not about creating a welfare state where Virginia taxpayers foot the bill for the work that our local community organizations do now. Rather, it is about methodically and ruthlessly removing barriers that keep families from thriving here and across the Commonwealth. And it is about investing in people and communities, so that every person has the opportunity to flourish -- regardless of their race, their gender or their zip code.
I'm out there, every single day, talking to voters, meeting with community leaders, and hearing from our local non-profits. The need is significant, but it's clear: we can do better for our families and for Virginia. But we're going to need new elected officials in the General Assembly -- the old ones just aren't getting the job done.
Will you help us win this race with a contribution of $10, $20, $50 or $100? Your donation this week goes straight to paying for postage: we have more than 400 handwritten postcards waiting to go in the mail once we purchase stamps.
With much gratitude,
PS -- I feel obliged to give a little pitch for the Lynchburg Humane Society foster program. Fostering kittens is SO VERY EASY and you get to see little faces like this!