U.S. Marshals Museum to Break Ground in Fort Smith, Ark.

Monday, September 22 at 12:35 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

The groundbreaking for the U.S. Marshals Museum will take place on Sept. 24 at the intersection of H Street and Riverfront Drive in Fort Smith, Ark. Following the groundbreaking is a community cookout for everyone attending the ceremony. A group of Fort Smith companies will be onsite preparing and serving a wide range of lunch entrées. Supporting companies include Arvest Bank, First National Bank, Bancorp South, Harry Robinson Buick, Golden Corral, OK Foods, Goody’s and the Coca Cola Bottling Company. 

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Ground will be broken on September 24 for the U.S. Marshals Museum in the western Arkansas city chosen as its home because of its storied history with the longstanding law enforcement agency. The groundbreaking launches the first phase of the project, which includes architectural and exhibit design and site preparation.

This date also marks the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service, the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. The Service selected Fort Smith in 2007 as the site for the museum because its history is closely linked to the iconic frontier lawmen. The museum will serve as a national center to educate visitors on the past and present roles of the U.S. Marshals Service and inspire visitors with stories of their service and sacrifice since our nation’s founding.

U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, U.S. Congressman Steve Womack, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton will be on hand for the formal program.  Other dignitaries expected to attend include Principal Chief George Tiger, president of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes; Louis McKinney, president of the U.S. Marshals Service Association; Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders; Judge Jim Spears, chairman of the U.S. Marshals Museum board of directors; and Robert Young, chairman of the U.S. Marshals Museum Foundation. John Farrell of Forfeiture Support Associates, the lead event sponsor, will also be on the program.

Fort Smith’s history is teeming with stories of the U.S. Marshals and their exploits on the American frontier when what is now the Oklahoma state line was the border with Indian Territory. More than 100 marshals are buried within a 50-mile radius, making Fort Smith one of the most revered places in the Service’s long history.

The U.S. Marshals have become part of America’s folklore and imagination. But they are more than the Rooster Cogburns, Sam Gerards and Raylan Givens of America’s real and fictional past. They are part of the day-to-day law enforcement in America, and abroad, and they have played a significant part in American history of the 20th Century as well.

The museum will be designed to educate visitors on the contributions of the marshals and deputy marshals from its founding in 1789 until now.

“The U.S. Marshals are a vital part of our pioneering past,” said Jim Dunn, president and CEO of the U.S. Marshals Museum. “They played a central role in the rule of law as our nation grew to its present borders. But they were also a key in the battle for Civil Rights in the mid-twentieth century, and they currently help keep our citizens safe while working with other law enforcement agencies and other countries to securely extradite and return fugitives to custody.”

Plans for the museum include:

-Three main galleries with 20,000 square feet of exhibition space
-Education areas with exhibits designed for discovery-based learning
-Theater space for films about the U.S. Marshals Service
-Interactive exhibits for all ages
-Incorporation of the area’s scenery, including the Arkansas River, into the museum experience
-The Hall of Honor to memorialize U.S. Marshals killed in the line of duty
-Community meeting space and class areas
-Space for temporary and traveling exhibitions, and
-A museum gift shop

The groundbreaking ceremony sponsors include Forfeiture Support Associates, Corrections Corporation of America, AKAL Security, Inc., First National Bank of Fort Smith and Verizon.

The groundbreaking ceremony will also showcase the United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program gold, silver and clad coins. Earlier this summer, the United States Mint unveiled three commemorative coin designs and will make them available for purchase in limited quantities in early 2015. The U.S. Marshals Museum is authorized to receive the first $5 million in surcharges from the sale of the coins. Additional surcharges are authorized to be paid to three other recipient organizations: the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Fort Smith, Press Release
 

LifeSource – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Monday, September 22 at 07:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

In 2001 concerned individuals in Northwest Arkansas wanted to serve the underprivileged, socially at-risk, and impoverished families and children struggling with hunger and poverty. LifeSource was born and has grown from a small food closet helping a few people to helping thousands with basic needs and services.

Its mission is to help strengthen the community by providing customized assistance to families in need. LifeSource* maximizes the impact of every donation, helping to strengthen families and build the community. It strives to not only meet their clients’ urgent physical needs (food and clothing) but also to provide hope for a future without poverty and hunger issues.

The organization’s goal is to help diminish the statistics of poverty and hunger within Northwest Arkansas. It strives to reach this goal by providing several programs designed to improve the quality of life for financially at-risk clients. In 2013, LifeSource served more than 55,000 individuals, families and children with the following services: food assistance pantry, senior life Saturdays, kids life programs, community meal outreaches, professional counseling, clothing closet and adult education classes.

To learn more about LifeSource visit them online,* on Facebook* and on Twitter.*
 
To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

You can make a donation through any of the following methods:

  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, PO Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Purchase a Paper Can – Purchase a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any Arvest Bank branch. Each paper can purchased funds five meals. Donations of larger amounts also accepted.
  • Drop Off Food Items – All Arvest Bank branch locations will be accepting nonperishable food items. Donated items will be delivered to local food partners for distribution.

Arvest will donate on your behalf if you:

  • “Like” or "Share" a 1 Million Meals post on Arvest’s Facebook page.* Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf for every Facebook "like" or "share," resulting in five more meals toward the overall goal of one million meals.
  • "Follow" Arvest on Pinterest. If you follow Arvest Bank on Pinterest,* then Arvest will donate $1, which equals five meals, on your behalf.
  • "Retweet" our 1 Million Meals tweets from @ArvestBank* on designated promotion days – Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. For every retweet on those days, we’ll donate $1, or five meals, to your neighbors in need.

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

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Fayetteville
 

7hills Homeless Center – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Monday, September 22 at 03:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

7hills Homeless Center serves more than 4,000 homeless and near-homeless individuals and families through six programs. Since opening as a day center in Fayetteville, Ark., in 2000, 7hills has grown into a multi-programmed organization, serving multiple segments of the impoverished community throughout Washington and Benton counties. 7hills is proud to be a 1 Million Meals’ food partner since Arvest started the campaign in 2011.

The center’s mission is to fight poverty and homelessness through education, community-based opportunity and hope. The organization's vision is to fight poverty and end homelessness by developing and implementing innovative services to equip the near-homeless and homeless in leading healthy and productive lives.

In 2008, the Walker Family Residential Community was started. Walker is a small transitional housing program which provides 19 transitional homes for individuals and their families, and eight permanent homes for people with disabilities.

In 2009, a program was launched to prevent homelessness on the front end, by identifying those who are marginally employed or who are in short-term crisis. The FICASSO program (Families in Crisis Accessing Services, Support and Opportunity) provides case managers to help clients with issues like debt resolution, financial management and housing stability.

In 2012, two more programs, DeNovo Housing and go7, were initiated. DeNovo helps struggling families facing significant barriers find housing. As a mobile outreach program, go7, helps to better identify people struggling to meet their basic needs in Washington and Benton counties. Additionally, SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families), a housing program focused on veterans and their families, was recently launched.

Visit 7hills Homeless Center online* to learn more.
 
To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

You can make a donation through any of the following methods:

  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, PO Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Purchase a Paper Can – Purchase a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any Arvest Bank branch. Each paper can purchased funds five meals. Donations of larger amounts also accepted.
  • Drop Off Food Items – All Arvest Bank branch locations will be accepting nonperishable food items. Donated items will be delivered to local food partners for distribution.

Arvest will donate on your behalf if you:

  • “Like” or "Share" a 1 Million Meals post on Arvest’s Facebook page.* Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf for every Facebook "like" or "share," resulting in five more meals toward the overall goal of one million meals.
  • "Follow" Arvest on Pinterest. If you follow Arvest Bank on Pinterest,* then Arvest will donate $1, which equals five meals, on your behalf.
  • "Retweet" our 1 Million Meals tweets from @ArvestBank* on designated promotion days – Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. For every retweet on those days, we’ll donate $1, or five meals, to your neighbors in need.

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

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Fayetteville
 

Preview the New Arvest Website

Friday, September 19 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

You’re invited to a preview the new Arvest website which will be widely available to all customers in early October. The updated website features a new look and feel designed to make it even easier for you to use and navigate. Before we release the website to all customers, we encourage you to explore it.

You might find it helpful to take a video tour* of the main design changes and enhancements before navigating the new website.

What makes the new Arvest website better than the current one?

  • There’s a new ATM & Branch Locator with an interactive map, including photos of the branches you are trying to find.
  • There’s an education center to help you learn to better manage your day-to-day finances or help you with important buying decisions.
  • If you bank from a tablet, the screens on the new arvest.com will automatically adjust to tablets of any size.
  • The navigation is cleaner and simpler, making it easier for you to find what you are looking for on the new Arvest website.

We hope you’re as excited about these enhancements as we are!

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

Tags: Technology
 

ECKAN – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Friday, September 19 at 05:20 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

In 1966, East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN) was formed to address the causes and conditions of poverty at an individualized community level. The organization stemmed from legislation passed through President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty efforts. ECKAN is headquartered in Ottawa, Kan., and employs 100 staff across nine counties in east central Kansas. Last year ECKAN had more than 6,000 volunteer hours donated to the agency.

ECKAN’s* mission is, “To identify and focus available resources that enable eligible families and individuals to attain critical skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.” Its core programs help families overcome poverty and the need for public assistance. ECKAN is unique in its ability to tailor programs specifically to the communities it serves, in addition to offering well-known assistance programs such as Head Start, Weatherization, and the HUD Section 8 program.

ECKAN’s Community Centers also provide emergency food assistance to families living in those nine counties and distributed over 9,000 units of emergency food assistance last year. In Franklin County alone, weekly food distributions serve 90-100 individuals. The agency also provides a Summer Lunch Bunch program in an effort to alleviate food insecurity among children ages 1 – 18 during the summer months when school breakfast and lunch programs are not an option.

All these programs meet a critical need linked to the food insecurity rates as identified by Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap (2012) in ECKAN’s service counties. Two of these counties have food insecurity rates higher than that of the state as a whole (14.8 percent).

Those interested in volunteering may do so at many of ECKAN’s locations. A variety of opportunities exist, such as working at community centers assisting with food distributions and volunteering in Head Start classrooms. Individuals interested in volunteering should contact ECKAN’s central office at (785) 242-7450 and ask for Jake to learn more about current opportunities.

To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

You can make a donation through any of the following methods:

  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, PO Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Purchase a Paper Can – Purchase a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any Arvest Bank branch. Each paper can purchased funds five meals. Donations of larger amounts also accepted.
  • Drop Off Food Items – All Arvest Bank branch locations will be accepting nonperishable food items. Donated items will be delivered to local food partners for distribution.

Arvest will donate on your behalf if you:

  • “Like” or "Share" a 1 Million Meals post on Arvest’s Facebook page.* Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf for every Facebook "like" or "share," resulting in five more meals toward the overall goal of one million meals.
  • "Follow" Arvest on Pinterest. If you follow Arvest Bank on Pinterest,* then Arvest will donate $1, which equals five meals, on your behalf.
  • "Retweet" our 1 Million Meals tweets from @ArvestBank* on designated promotion days – Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. For every retweet on those days, we’ll donate $1, or five meals, to your neighbors in need.

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

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Cash Management, Charitable Giving, Kansas City

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