This post is part of a special Women’s History Month series highlighting 31 community advocates (one for each day in March). The words on the feature image above were chosen by the interviewee when asked to select three words that best describe her role in the community.
For more information on how you can get involved, follow the links provided at the end of each interview.
Full name and age: Gabriela Arvizu, 31
Hometown: North Hollywood
Your cause(s)/organization(s)/profession(s)/passion project(s): Compañía de Café
Why do you choose to focus on the Valley and do the work that you do?
The Valley is home for me. It is where I grew up and learned so much about life. It gave so much to me, including many beautiful memories. At the same time, we didn’t (and still don’t) have many places to hang out when I was growing up here. It only made sense for me to open a place where I would want to hang out in my neck of the woods.
Why is it important for women to share their passion with the community?
Women bring a different mindset to the table. We are driven and yet compassionate. Our strength also shows in many different ways: physically, mentally and emotionally. The resilience and maternal instincts we possess allows us the opportunity to connect to the community in a very powerful way.
If you had one wish for the San Fernando Valley, what would it be?
I would wish for more walkable streets by way of safer communities, quality places to shop and eat, sidewalks that we can actually walk on, and more landscaping to dress up our neighborhoods.
Where can we find you online?