Paula Garcia-Arsenault's Story
After a thirty-year career in the banking industry, I began to feel a yearning inside me that could not be ignored. A yearning to do more. As an active member of my community already, I knew that non-profit and community-based work was my calling.
In 2017, I was given the opportunity to serve in a leadership role with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. A global organization, Habitat for Humanity sets the bar high when it comes to serving communities and working tirelessly to ensure everyone has a safe and healthy home to live. The work was inspiring and the impact was real. I was happy.
I spent five wonderful years with Habitat OC. Five years learning the ins and outs of affordable housing and five years helping hard working families in Orange County achieve their dream of homeownership.
When I think back to how it all started for me, I can remember a district manager I had twenty-five years ago who told me to get out in the community and join a board. At the time, I did not know what a board was or even what a board did.
The first board of directors I sat on was for a small foster care home. Not long after joining, I saw the impact of the money we were raising, and the children we were helping. The seed had been planted.
Now, as a Community Manager with Chase Bank, I have the best of both worlds. I am able to use my collective experiences and continue to serve my community by teaching financial health workshops. I serve as a resource to those who need it most.
I currently sit on three boards, as well as contribute to numerous advisory committees, groups, and non-profit organizations. I work with youth in the community to teach them real life work skills, and the importance of continuing their education.
Giving back to my community will always be important to me. It is what inspires me and keeps me going. I look forward to continuing this mission and will always be thankful for the relationships I have made, and the wonderful people I have met along the way!