Arvest Bank Video Series Features Russellville Boy

Friday, January 19 at 10:00 AM
Category: People Helping People

Jan. 19, 2018 – Ramsay Short’s perspective belies his age. 

“There’s plenty of things I want,” the 11-year-old said, “but everything I need, I can walk into my house right now and find it.” 

Short also knows that’s not the case for every kid that lives in the River Valley. That’s what led him to start making wooden pens in the family garage and donate part of the proceeds to help others. 

“He’s a typical 11-year-old,” Short’s father, Wilson said. “The room is messy. We need to learn better study habits, but you know… He’s got a gentle heart, and my boy wants to serve people. 

“And I guess that’s what I want my kids to be.”  

Ramsay Short is the 28th person and 13th Arkansan to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference. The idea came from the bank’s mission statement: “People helping people find financial solutions for life.” 

The MarCom Award-winning videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Short’s video will launch on Dec. 8. 

Short’s idea to make pens and sell them in part to benefit the needy came after his father was gifted a wooden pen. Shortly thereafter, Short brought $100 he had been given for good grades to his father and asked if they could invest in a wood lathe to make pens. 

“I kinda looked at him like he was crazy, because what 11-year-old wants to buy a wood lathe?” Wilson Short said. 

Since then, the two have worked together to make and sell about 150-200 pens. And with each sale, Ramsay Short puts $1 in the bank. 

Once Short has $100 in the bank, he then makes a donation to River Valley Food 4 Kids. The $100 is enough to feed one child for a year, and River Valley Food 4 Kids currently serves more than 1,000 children in Russellville, Atkins, Pottsville and Dover schools. 

The Shorts do other philanthropic work as well, but making the pens, which take 30-40 minutes to make, is among their favorite times spent together. 

“It’s time that I’d never get back with him,” Wilson Short said. “I’m just proud of him.” 

About Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 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.

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Kathy Snider Helps Spread Christmas Cheer at Toy Shop of Duncan - People Helping People Series

Friday, December 22 at 02:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Dec. 21, 2017 – Deshunta Hollis didn’t hesitate when asked what the word “community” means to her. 

“Community means to me that you stick together when times are good, and when they're bad,” Hollis said. “And you help others. 

“It's everybody being a family even though you're not real family. That's what community means to me.” 

In Duncan, few people epitomize that definition more than Kathy Snider. Snider has been co-chairman of The Toy Shop of Duncan since 1996. The Toy Shop of Duncan provides Christmas gifts and clothes to as many as 1,200 local children each year. 

“Christmas is very special to me,” Snider said, “and I want that special feeling of Christmas to be there for the children in our community.”   

Snider also happens to be the 27th person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference. The idea came from the bank’s mission statement: “People helping people find financial solutions for life.” 

The MarCom Award-winning videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Snider’s video will launch on Dec. 22. 

From New Year’s Day shopping sprees to year-round fundraisers to a furious December push to make sure its clients’ needs are met, Snider and fellow co-chair Connie Roebuck spend countless hours making The Toy Shop of Duncan a success. It’s an effort that’s as intensive as it is inspiring. 

All the work is worth it, though, when a family receives the assistance it needs. Roebuck said the looks on clients’ faces when they receive their gifts never gets old. 

“You’re heart just goes to thumping and you get goosebumps and tear up, you know?” Roebuck said. “It really makes you feel good. I think volunteering is one of the best things people can do.” 

Hollis, who came to The Toy Shop of Duncan because of financial strains she’s endured while completing nursing school, has three young children whose Christmas will be better thanks to the efforts of those like Snider and Roebuck. 

“I think that’s what community is about,” Snider said. “It’s people that just come together and share and love each other, and are willing to do for others.” 

About Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 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.

 

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Engineer Develops 'Extraordinary' Possibilities - People Helping People Series

Tuesday, November 28 at 03:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Nov. 07, 2017 – Tom Jakobs’ professional aspiration is as daunting as it is admirable.

“I specialize in helping people with very severe disabilities to live more independently and to pursue their life goals,” said Jakobs, founder of the nonprofit corporation, Be Extraordinary* (Be-X).

It’s a pursuit easier said than done, but Be-X’s track record speaks for itself. According to the organization’s website – be-x.org – it has an 84% success rate in terms of promoting its clients’ quality of life through the effective use of technology. A bioengineer, Jakobs said that kind of success is determined on a case-by-case basis. “Sometimes success is just having a little more ability that what you had before,“ he said.

Jakobs is the 25th person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference.

In the case of Shawn Egan, Jakobs’ – and Be-X’s – charge was to give him the capability to use a phone. Egan suffered a spinal cord injury while cutting a tree that left him paralyzed. Through years of patience that included securing grant money in addition to numerous technical trials and errors, Be-X finally was able to find a solution that allows Egan to independently place and receive calls, as well as text.

The result is that he can help with his family’s rental business, and he also serves on a couple of local boards of directors. Having that capability is beyond what Egan set as a goal for himself after his injury. “When I got hurt back in 2011, that was my big goal then – and that’s still my goal – is to get my kids out of school,” Egan said. “Just be here long enough to see they get graduated, they become adults, and they move into the life that they want.” Even so, thanks to the efforts of Be-X, Egan is able to work from home and help his children with their homework, things that didn’t seem possible at different times after his injury. In his words, that allows Egan “to contribute to society.” And that’s a big win for all involved.

About Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 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

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

  Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Fort Smith, People Helping People
 

Louise Allison Lights New Paths for Survivors - People Helping People Series

Tuesday, November 28 at 02:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Nov. 24, 2017 – It would have been understandable if Louise Allison was satisfied with surviving and overcoming a period of time most can’t fathom.

“I'm a survivor of sexual assault and sex trafficking,” Allison said. “It happened to me when I was a kid. I was on the streets for about two years in the sex industry.”

More than two decades after being rescued from that horror – and some would say miraculously rebuilding her life – Allison came to a realization she couldn’t shake.

“I think I hid from that darkness and hid from that secret for years, and as an adult when I began to recognize or come to grips with the things that had happened to me when I was younger,” Allison said, “I also realized I was not the only one out there. It's still going on… There's a lot of people that need help.”

That’s how Allison came to leave a career in nursing administration to form Partners Against Trafficking Humans* (PATH).

“We are no longer victims of sexual assault. We are no longer victims of sex trafficking,” Allison said. “We are survivors."

“And that surviving helps another girl realize that you can get past this and you, too, can become a survivor.”

Allison is the 26th person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference. The idea came from the bank’s mission statement: “People helping people find financial solutions for life.”

The MarCom Award-winning videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Allison’s video will launch on Nov. 24.

Part of PATH’s mission is to advocate on behalf of those victimized by sex-trafficking and provide them trauma-focused restorative care. Allison’s video gives a glimpse of not just how she has impacted many survivors, but how some of those survivors have been inspired to help others as well. Those who want to learn more are encouraged to visit pathsaves.org.

About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 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.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Little Rock, People Helping People
 

People Helping People Video Series Earns Awards

Tuesday, November 07 at 04:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Nov. 7, 2017 – MarCom Awards* recently announced the 2017 winners in its annual creative competition for marketing and communications, and Arvest Bank received two awards and an honorable mention for its People Helping People video series.

The series highlights individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference in the lives of others. The idea came from the bank’s mission statement: “People helping people find financial solutions for life.” Arvest won a Platinum Award for its overall People Helping People series.

The bank won a Gold Award for its video featuring Steve Ebert, a volunteer cross country coach for Central Junior High School in Springdale, Ark. 

 

The bank also received an honorable mention for its video featuring Marshal Grissom, head coach of the Caney Valley High School Bass Club in Ramona, Okla.

A total of 12 Arkansans, five Missourians and eight Oklahomans have been featured to date. Arvest’s entry was among roughly 6,000 submitted to the MarCom Awards for consideration.

“This series mirrors our overall mission of helping people every day, and we are honored that these individuals will share with us the great work they are doing in their local communities,” Arvest marketing director Jason Kincy said. “It’s our hope that these stories will inspire others to give back to their communities as well.”

MarCom Awards recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing and communication materials and programs worldwide. Administered by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals, the competition is judged by professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

The People Helping People series launched in August 2016, and has received more than 400,000 total views. The videos are available via Arvest’s YouTube*, Facebook* and Instagram* channels. The bank will publish its 25th story on Friday, Nov. 10th. Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. 

About Arvest
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 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.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People

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