Restore Hope to Receive Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, August 07 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Struggling families in the River Valley will be given holistic services to help stabilize their families thanks to a $15,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was presented recently at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. Roger Holroyd, president and CEO for Arvest in Fort Smith and the River Valley, and sales manager Mike Jacimore were on hand to present the check to Restore Hope executive director Paul Chapman.

Restore Hope’s 100 Families Initiative takes a preventative approach to the child welfare crisis in the River Valley. Although there have been significant reductions in the number of children in care over the past three years, Sebastian County still has the highest number of children in foster care in the state. The 100 Families Initiative:

  • Provides assessment at any entry point into the program through a collaborative case management system. There are over 30 partner organizations who are working together to help these struggling families;
  • The partners set up “care teams” to help families stabilize in the areas of employment, education, food, housing, transportation, mental health and recovery;
  • Offers parents hope for a better future through connection to workforce training programs that will help them provide for their family for years to come. 

“The 100 Families initiative was created by the community, for the community,” Chapman said. “This unique collaborative will help 100 of our families move from crisis to career. We thank the people of the Arvest Foundation for their long commitment to making Arkansas a great place to live and for its partnership in this effort.”

The Arvest Foundation donation allows Restore Hope to offer holistic assistance in areas of need like transportation to employment and affordable housing so that families can be strengthened and preserved, reducing the number of children who are in foster care. 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation in support of Restore Hope’s efforts assisting children in foster care in the Fort Smith area, and Restore Hope’s 100 Families initiative, which strives to help acclimate individuals re-entering society,” Jacimore said. “We are fortunate the foundation supports the needs of our local area and continually demonstrates an ongoing commitment to provide financial assistance to other non-profit organizations as well.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

Community Rescue Mission Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Tuesday, August 06 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Displaced families will be able to enjoy nutritious and delicious meals thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Community Rescue Mission (CRM) in Fort Smith. Beth Presley of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The Arvest Foundation donation will help fund a walk-in freezer for the facility.

“Just imagine that today, tomorrow, next month and year after year, the Arvest Foundation will help provide nutritious and delicious meals to families with no home of their own, while they are working hard to get back on their feet,” said Heather Sanders, executive director of Community Rescue Mission “The foundation’s generous gift to Community Rescue Mission to help purchase a new walk-in freezer impacts thousands of lives. Last year, for example, we served more than 27,000 meals to our residents, and a hot dinner to our poor and under-employed neighbors immediately surrounding our campus, all at no cost. Considering that our total nights of stay were 15,444, that meal number is quite believable.

Beyond CRM, your gift also impacts our wider community. CRM has built relationships with large food supplier donors, we have positioned CRM as a trusted entity, to maximize donor food donations, by sharing our typically abundant supply with other non-profits, including the Sack Lunch Program, Salvation Army, The Next Step Day Room, Meals on Wheels, Methodist Village, Antioch, Gospel Rescue Mission, Van Buren Boys and Girls Clubs, and Hope Campus. Thank you to the foundation for being a faithful community leader and friend.”

“We are pleased to present Community Rescue Mission with this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation,” Presley said. “With this donation and others collected from the community, Community Rescue Mission was able to purchase a new walk-in freezer that will help provide food for families in need in our area. We are very thankful for the Arvest Foundation allowing us to provide local support to the communities that we serve.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

Arvest Bank Promotes White to Branch Sales Manager

Monday, July 29 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has promoted Brandon White, NMLS# 1212012, to branch sales manager in Fort Smith.

White has five years of industry experience and has served in a variety of roles. In his new position, White will manage the activities of the Arvest branch at 816 Garrison Ave.

“Brandon exudes an excitement and passion for customer service, sales and teamwork, as well as coaching and developing his associates,” Arvest branch administrator Sina Oden said. “His expertise will benefit not just his fellow associates, but more importantly, our customers.”

White lives in Van Buren with his wife and their twin daughters.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

Arvest Bank to Celebrate 20th Anniversary in Fort Smith

Monday, July 22 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the Fort Smith region, and is inviting its customers and community members alike to join the festivities.

Anniversary celebrations will be held today (July 22) at all Alma, Fort Smith, Greenwood and Van Buren branches from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cake and other refreshments will be served at each location.

As part of the celebration, members of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce will participate with Arvest associates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the branch located at 5000 Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith at 11 a.m. Past bank presidents and other associates will attend. Additionally, there will be a $25,020 check presentation to United Way of Fort Smith Area.

“We are proud and excited to celebrate 20 years of serving customers in and around Fort Smith,” said Roger Holroyd, president and CEO for Arvest in Fort Smith and the River Valley. “Our growth is a direct result of the people in this area putting their trust in us, as well as an incredible team of associates that works hard every day to meet those customers’ needs.

“In addition to celebrating the last 20 years, this is also a time to let everyone know we are more committed than ever to serving the needs of Fort Smith and the River Valley. Not only do we want to meet the financial needs of our communities, but we want to make them better through our corporate citizenship efforts. We are committed to making all of our communities better places to live, work and play.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

Arvest Bank Adds Burgess as Business Development Officer

Thursday, July 11 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Shawna Burgess, NMLS# 1878891.

Burgess, who has more than 20 years of industry experience, will serve as a business development officer and will be based out of the Arvest Business Resource Center located inside the branch at 5000 Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith. In her new role, Burgess will engage with and discover the needs of prospective small business customers and process business loan requests, among other duties.

“Shawna is customer-focused and brings a high level of experience, energy and knowledge of the community,” Arvest business banking manager Chris Raible said. “We welcome Shawna to the Arvest family and know she will do an expert job servicing the business banking needs of the Fort Smith and Greenwood areas.”

Burgess earned a degree in business management at what is now known as the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and is especially excited to work with small business customers.

“I’ll be in the Business Resource Center focusing on small business customers,” she said. “This is something that is dear to me because I grew up working in our family business in Van Buren.”

Burgess is an advocate for several local nonprofits and volunteers in the children’s nursery at Community Bible Church in Fort Smith. She lives in Fort Smith with her husband, Mike, and their daughter.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

64.6 Downtown Receives $25,000 Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, July 10 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Citizens of the Fort Smith area will enjoy a new downtown park thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 

The gift was announced today at Gateway Park. Beth Presley, Roger Holroyd, Les Smith, and Mike Jacimore of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The funds will aid in the construction of the new Gateway Park located near the intersection of Rogers and Garrison Avenues. Gateway Park will feature three historical bronze statues. The key figure will be Judge Isaac C. Parker, joined by statues of John Carnall and Mother Mary Teresa Farrell, R.S.M., representing law, education, and healthcare. The new park is a 64.6 Downtown initiative and is being funded by the generosity of the community, including the Arvest Foundation.

When completed this fall, 64.6 Downtown will donate the park property to the City of Fort Smith. It will become a gathering place for residents and visitors alike to learn more about the contributions these three community leaders made in the late 1800s. The park will also include a flag plaza featuring flags of the United States, Arkansas, and the City of Fort Smith.

“64.6 Downtown creates vibrant spaces in Fort Smith to further economic development, creative place-making, arts and cultural events,” said Steve Clark, founder/chairman of the board for 64.6 Downtown. “Gateway Park is a reflection of how 64.6 Downtown’s program, The Unexpected, brought attention to an important intersection in downtown, with the activation of Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel’s Universal Chapel. The work transformed a simple white building into a gateway entry to downtown Fort Smith. Gateway Park is a continuation of the development of this important downtown entry point.” 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the 64.6 Downtown initiative of the development of the Gateway Park,” Holroyd said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to support parks, history and greenspace in our community.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

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