Arvest Builds a New Home for Ten for Joplin Project

Friday, November 18 at 07:01 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

After the devastating EF-5 tornado that tore through Joplin on May 22, many efforts have been taken to put the community back in one piece.  In September, Arvest Bank as a whole joined the Habitat for Humanity of Joplin and Habitat for Humanity of Tulsa in a huge rebuilding initiative called Ten for Joplin.  

The Ten for Joplin project team set a goal to build 10 homes within 16 days. Arvest Bank proudly sponsored one of those homes, committing to a $60,000 pledge donation for building expenses and numerous volunteers to assist with building the house.  Arvest Mortgage Company/Central Mortgage Company, WACO Title Company and Arvest Asset Management have all joined in on this effort by pledging donations from their budgets as well, making this a bank-wide gift to the community. 

The Wall Raising Ceremony was held Oct. 29. The construction of the home began following the event.  Arvest had 25 people lend a hand on this first day and over 160 over the course of the 16 days. 

Along with many other Arvest associates, Shane Cowger volunteered much of his time during the build.  Although he didn’t have much experience with construction, he said “that didn’t stop me from wanting to help. I have family and friends in the area who were impacted by the tornado. I wanted to be a part of the build to help these families restore order to their lives and try to move on.”  

The home was successfully completed on Nov. 14. 

“The impact that this number of volunteers can have to complete these builds in such a short time is amazing.  It is wonderful that all of these people are so giving for the benefit of others.  I would do this again, no question,” said Arvest associate Pat Jamison. 

To learn more about the Ten for Joplin Project, visit

Visit Arvest Bank on Facebook to see more pictures from this event.


Tags: Charitable Giving, Community Support, Joplin, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tulsa
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