Wives of Armor Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, September 12 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Wives of Armor will purchase new equipment, systems in police vehicles, and other needs of the officers thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Russellville Police Department. Shawn Bates, community bank president of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check to Melanie Ewing, executive treasurer of the Wives of Armor.

“With the generous donation of the Arvest Foundation funds, Wives of Armor will be able to expand our opportunities to serve and support our area law enforcement agencies,” stated Jillian Tucker, president of Wives of Armor.

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Wives of Armor, who have dedicated their time to serve and honor our local officers.” Bates said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing support to our local law enforcement and first responders.”

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Inter-Faith Community Preschool Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Tuesday, September 11 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

A local preschool will be able to purchase an awning for their playground thanks to a $2,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.
The gift was announced today at the Inter-Faith Community Preschool in Fort Smith. Amy Sights of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The Inter-Faith Community Preschool strives to provide education for economically underserved children in the Fort Smith area, regardless of race, creed, color or ethnic origin, and to encourage developmentally appropriate intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social growth through personalized attention and innovative programs. The Inter-Faith Community Preschool also strives to offer a safe, nurturing environment for the children in the program while cultivating spiritual awareness and dedication to Christian values. 

The donation from the Arvest Foundation will help to fund the construction of an awning for the Inter-Faith Preschool’s playground, which will create a safe and comfortable area for the students to play. 

 “Inter-Faith Community Preschool has kept its doors open for 51 years to families and children in need. All donations, whether monetary or in kind, are appreciated. The Arvest Foundation’s generosity will allow us to create a more engaging learning experience for our students at all levels, while helping us provide a healthier environment outside with less sun exposure,” said Ann Law, executive director of Inter-Faith Community Preschool. “By expanding our capabilities, we’ve given our students and teachers an even greater avenue for success.” 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support Inter-Faith Community Preschool’s efforts to provide greater educational opportunities for their students,” said Sights, a Private Banking advisor for Arvest. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to education and to the children in the region.”

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East Pointe Elementary School Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, September 06 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Elementary students in the Greenwood area will get a boost to their STEM curriculum thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 


The gift was announced today at East Pointe Elementary School in Greenwood. Jamie Skinner and Beth Presley of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The Arvest Foundation donation will allow the school to purchase various materials to create a collaborative STEM work space or “Makerspace” inside the school that fosters creativity, flexibility, and persistence through the process of problem-solving.  

"The incredible support provided by Arvest Bank has allowed us to provide a place where our students can explore, discover, and play while solving problems and experiencing learning firsthand,” said East Pointe Elementary principal Josh Ray. “Students at East Pointe are literally begging for more science and math, and we could have never experienced that without Arvest’s generosity. On behalf of every future East Pointe engineer, doctor, architect, and programmer, thank you so much."

Arvest branch manager Jamie Skinner said, “When East Pointe reached out to us with the details of what they were wanting to accomplish with their Makerspace, we knew that we wanted to be a part and help create this incredible experience for all of the students, and students to come. We are thankful that the Arvest Foundation was able to provide this grant for East Pointe and we’re looking forward to seeing this dream become a reality for them.”

 

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Next Step Homeless Services Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, August 23 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Next Step Day Room in Fort Smith will build the Jack Bradley Freedom House that will house a veteran and their family thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Next Step Day Room in Fort Smith. Amy Sights of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The Next Step Homeless Services not only affords people a safe refuge from the street, but also provides a myriad of services ranging from individual case management, hot meals, job counseling, psychological assessment, life-skills training, phone availability with after-hours messaging, mail service, budgeting classes, anger management classes, transitional housing and assistance with affordable housing searches. 

The Arvest Foundation donation will go toward the Next Step Homeless Services transitional housing program. This home will specifically house a homeless veteran and their family. 

“The Arvest Foundation’s generosity is an important step in completing this project and helping to create the only single-family, veteran transitional house in this region of Arkansas,” said Kim Wohlford, executive director of Next Step.

“We on the board of Next Step Homeless Services are pleased to receive this generous donation from the Arvest Foundation. Arvest has proven to be an important community supporter in Fort Smith. We appreciate our partnership with them in our efforts to eradicate homelessness in our area,” said Sharon Chapman, board president of Next Step.

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Next Step Day Room efforts to provide transitional housing to homeless clients in this area.” Sights said.

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Pope County Fair Board Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Tuesday, August 14 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Funds will be used to help purchase audio and visual equipment, maintenance needed on tractors to keep in good condition, and other equipment. 

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (July 30, 2018) – Pope County Fair Board will be able to purchase audio and visual equipment, and perform maintenance on tractors, and other equipment to improve operations thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 

The gift was announced today at the Pope County Fair Grounds in Russellville. Shawn Bates, Community Bank President of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check to Steve Rogers, Pope County Fair Board. 

The Arvest Foundation donation to the Pope County Fair Board will be utilized to help purchase audio and visual equipment, maintenance needed on tractors to keep in good condition, and other equipment. 

“With the generous donation from the Arvest Foundation, the Pope County Fair Association will be able to continue to improve the quality of the entertainment of the yearly fair that will be held on September 11-15, at the Pope County Fair Grounds,” stated Steve Rogers, Pope County Fair Board. “We encourage all of the River Valley citizens to make an effort to attend the fair and see the improvements made possible by donors like our friends of the Arvest Foundation. Once again, thank you very much to the Arvest Foundation!” 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Pope County Fair Board who have dedicated their time to providing and promoting livestock shows, entertainment, and fairs for all ages of the Pope County Community.” said Shawn Bates, Arvest Bank. “The Arvest Foundation wants to continue to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to our local community. We are people helping people, while putting the needs of our community and customers above all else.” 

About the Arvest Foundation

The Arvest Foundation seeks to provide funding to grantees who are actively working to create positive change for others. Major areas of focus include: K-12 education, economic development, and enhancing the quality of life throughout the Arvest footprint. For more information, go to www.arvestfoundation.org.

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