Profile: Arica B.

OFA Fellow / Indianapolis, IN

“That’s what I want to pass on to [my fellows] — how can you make this life better?”

Arica has never been one to lose hope. She’s been involved in community organizing and activism for more than 25 years and wants everyone in her community to know that they can make a difference. While serving in the United States Air Force for 13 years, she helped organize drives for the Combined Federal Campaigns and United Way; after her service, she worked as a local community outreach coordinator and has taken the lead on organizing a variety of advocacy and charitable events. Today, Arica continues to serve her community by mentoring new activists, and teaching others the power of effective organizing. After getting her start with OFA early in 2017 as a fellow in Indianapolis, Arica then became a Fellows Leader to pass on what she had learned. She led her group of passionate new organizers through their own fellowship program, culminating in capstone projects that brought the community together — including a film screening and panel discussion on how they could help to address gun violence in their own neighborhoods.