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’s Pedersen Makes Move to Benton County

Monday, August 05 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Mary Pedersen has been named senior vice president and manager of its Private Banking team in Benton County.

Pedersen (NMLS# 638429) has more than 25 years of industry experience and moves to Benton County after holding the same positions in Arvest’s Springdale region.

“Mary has done a fantastic job in Springdale and I am confident she will do the same in Benton County,” said Craig Rivaldo, president for Arvest in Benton County. “She holds numerous investment licenses to go along with a wealth of experience and expertise. We could not be more excited to add her as the leader of our Private Banking team.”

Pedersen is currently involved with various community organizations, including serving as a board member for Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. She and her husband, Dennis, have two adult daughters.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Arvest Benton County
 

Arvest Hires Fowler as Private Banking Advisor for North Central AR

Friday, August 02 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Arvest Bank recently hired April Fowler, NMLS# 569270, to serve as a private banking advisor for the bank’s North Central Arkansas market. Fowler brings more than 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her new position, including roles in management and mortgage lending.

“We welcome April to Arvest and we look forward to the expertise she will provide our customers across this area,” said Mike Willard, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “Private banking services provide customized strategies and management of our customers’ business and personal financial needs, allowing us to personally assist in every area of financial management and take that responsibility off our customers’ hands. We are thrilled to offer a dedicated private banking advisor for our customers in North Central Arkansas.”

Fowler’s community involvement includes her roles as board member of the Baxter Regional Medical Center Foundation; board member of the Schliemann Center for Women’s Health Education; associate member of the Junior Auxiliary and volunteer for the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.

Fowler will serve the bank’s North Central Arkansas territory and will be based out of Mountain Home.

About Arvest
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of the “World’s Best Banks” for 2019, operates more than 270 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 14 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 135 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

 

About Arvest Wealth Management
Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, North Central Arkansas
 

A Spin on Spending - Back to School Budgeting

Tuesday, July 30 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News


As the summer comes to an end, back-to-school shopping begins and with that comes opportunities to save. Before you race to the store, or begin adding items to your online shopping cart, check to see if your area participates in the upcoming tax free weekend. This special weekend event is a staple in more than a dozen US states, including Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri and allows you to skip out on paying sales tax on most back-to-school essentials in store and online.

One of the first things you should do before heading to the store or logging in to your computer, is to sit down and do an inventory check of what supplies you need for the upcoming semester. With your shopping list in hand, check to see which of the items are available for student discounts, then check online or with a cashier to see if the store offers price-match from other major retailers. When buying textbooks, calculators, or other technology – check online for gently used items. Online marketplaces often have the materials you need for a fraction of the cost.

Whether you’re living on-campus or off, limit dining out. If you bought a campus meal plan at school, use it. Sure you’ll want to splurge once in a while, but don’t make eating out a habit. Be sure to budget as you go along, and track your spending. You can view your spending activity in real time with the Arvest Go mobile app. You can save even more by bringing your own snacks and drinks purchased in bulk from a grocery store instead of a vending machine or convenience stores.
 

 

Tags: A Spin on Spending, Arvest
 

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

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