Thomasine got involved with Virginia Organizing in 2006 during an organizing campaign on the issue of predatory lending. Having been caught in a car title loan cycle herself, Thomasine got involved. Thomasine ended up testifying at the General Assembly on predatory lending and sharing her story with the media. Thomasine continued to speak out on Virginia Organizing issues including predatory lending, health care and the environment. As a full-time Personal Care Assistant and a member of the Virginia Organizing Health Care Reform Committee, Thomasine has been particularly passionate about health care reform. She has headed lobby meetings with members of Congress in Washington, has spoken in front of huge crowds and has performed hours phone-banking.
Thomasine reflects on her three years of work with Virginia Organizing, “I like working with Virginia Organizing because it is hands-on and face-to-face. We work on the issues that matter at the moment, when people are hurting. When people want to be heard we give them a voice.”