Doug Jennings


My name is Doug Jennings and I grew up in Kunkletown, Pa.  I’m the youngest of 5 kids, 2 sisters & 2 brothers. My father left when I was 6 months old and never knew him.  My mother raised 5 kids on her own until she remarried when I was 8 y.o. My mother, Grandmother, and aunt all passed away from Breast Cancer, my other aunt is a Breast Cancer Survivor.  I myself am a Cancer Survivor. All my life I’ve been helping people. As a kid I was the President of my Church Youth Group, we would help at church functions, visit the shut-ins, and we even had an adapted grandma that we would visit once a week. When I lived in San Diego I helped at the LGBTQ Center on the Suicide Hotline.  That was a stressful job. In Yuma I’ve worked with the local Yuma County Interfaith, we helped the immigrants who got arrested by Border Patrol reach their family members in other parts of the U.S. we fed them, let them shower, got them clean clothes, and helped with the travel arrangements. I am an Ordained Minister and use to preach at Yuma United Church of Christ.  I’ve done gay & straight weddings. I was the Social Director for PFLAG Yuma. We did the first ever Halloween/Day of the Dead Event, Thanksgiving dinner, we even had the first Pride picnic. We walked in the local Christmas Light Parade and in the Hank Days Parade. I was co-founder of the local Yuma County Indivisible group. I also co-founded Diverse Yumans, a group that celebrates the diversity that is in Yuma.  With this group we had the first ever Day of the Dead celebration in Yuma and plan to do it every year.

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