Giving Spotlight

 

Giving spotlight

May 2020

Fernanda Arizola

Fernanda Arizola

Tell us a little about yourself

I’m a branch manager for TCF Bank, I have been there over 8 years. I have been doing my best to volunteer wherever I’m able to. I also run a DJ business (FCA DJ Entertainment) which I have been doing for over 14 Years. I’m very passionate when it comes to helping others and I have soft spot when it comes to children, because I know how it feels to grow up and come from a low-income household.

How long have you been volunteering for united way of kenosha county?

I believe this is my 2nd year with readers are leaders, but I have been doing my best to assist in other ways whenever I’m needed. 

how did you get involved with united way of kenosha county?

I looked up different sites in the community that I could offer my assistance to and United way welcomed me with open arms. 

what is your favorite experience/story from your work with united way of kenosha county?

Working with the readers are leaders’ program, the young man I worked with made me feel as if he needed me. He made me a card on the last day of our meeting and thanked me for helping him with his learning. I keep this card right on my desk in my office to remind me of how important a small act of kindness can be and how it can make a huge impact in someone’s life. 

what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I spend time with my daughter. I love being around children, so sometimes when her friends are over, we create different games to play and fun activities. I also find time to create events that help others. Last year my DJ business had its first annual backpack drive which was a huge success. We received so many donations to ensure that no child went to school without the supplies they needed. I plan on having my 2nd annual drive in the summer, which I have been receiving responses from companies that are willing to donate again. 

what would you say to someone who is thinking of volunteering for united way of kenosha county?

Please do it! You’ll love it and feel so good after volunteering! When I started to volunteer, I felt like there were so many more things I could continue to do, so I started to look at other ways of helping. It turns out there are so many people that need our help in this community and not enough volunteers who commit.  

what is your favorite quote?

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, always be kind…

tell us something that inspires you

Possibility inspires me. With all things possible, it gives you the energy and determination to keep pushing. The possibility of the world becoming a better place, one good person at a time, means I can help make a change and a big difference.