Arvest Bank Announces Roper Hiring

Monday, September 09 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Tammy Roper as a community development representative in Fort Smith.

Roper joins Arvest after five years at the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services and five years at the Crawford County Juvenile Office. Among other duties in those roles, Roper provided customer service to dislocated workers, assessed clients’ financial needs, and worked with families to mentor at-risk youth.

In her new role at Arvest, Roper will help develop and maintain strong relationships with community groups and entities focused on affordable housing, organizations that target low- to moderate-income (LMI) communities, and organizations that facilitate and encourage small business, among other responsibilities. She will be based out of the Arvest branch located at 5000 Rogers Ave.

“I am so excited to have Tammy join our Arvest team, said Beth Presley, marketing manager for Arvest in Fort Smith and the River Valley. “With her community knowledge and willingness to help people, I am confident we will accomplish our goals of helping our customers and community to meet their financial goals.”

Roper earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she also played basketball. She lives in Fort Smith with her husband and two daughters, and the family attends House of Restoration Church. Among other civic endeavors, Roper volunteers for Girls Inc., Comprehensive Juvenile Services Inc., and has coached various girls basketball teams.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith
 

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

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