Arvest Bank to Host ‘Dog Days of Summer’ Adoption Event

Thursday, August 08 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank will host a “Dog Days of Summer” pet adoption event Friday, Aug. 16, at the Arvest branch at 700 Hwy. 62-65 North at the corner of Industrial Park Road in support of the Ozark Humane Society. Representatives from the Humane Society will be on-site with several pets who need a forever home. 

Arvest associates will grill hot dogs for attendees who drop by to consider adopting a pet. 

“There are some adorable pets who need a loving home. Adoptive families will tell you that the dogs or cats they take home benefit the family as much as the family is saving those animals,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “Anyone who’s not ready to adopt just yet can still help us support these animals by dropping by to make a donation and enjoy lunch at the same time.” 

In addition, Arvest will waive replacement fees for customers who order a pet-themed affinity debit card at any Arvest Bank branch in Harrison between Aug. 12 – 17 and will donate those funds to the Ozark Humane Society.  

About OHS: The Ozark Humane Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and welfare of all animals in North Central Arkansas. The OHS operates a shelter in Harrison, which houses and cares for homeless pets, and seeks to find them permanent homes. The OHS also operates the Cause for Paws Thrift Shop, and proceeds from the Thrift Shop directly support the OHS and the shelter. Please support the OHS by adopting an animal from the shelter or by donating your time, materials and money. The OHS is looking for new members and volunteers, new ideas and enthusiasm. Follow the Ozark Humane Society on Facebook for more information. 

Arvest makes no representation that any contribution is tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor.

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

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Tags: Harrison, North Central Arkansas

City of Dardanelle to Receive Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, August 07 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The city of Dardanelle gets a chance to rebuild and restore thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the City Hall in Dardanelle, AR.  Shawn Bates of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

Dardanelle and many of its citizens were affected by the record-breaking flooding this past June and although the damage was great, the Foundation grant will allow some help in the restoration efforts to the city. Also, the funds will be used to assist citizens affected by the flood.

Mayor Jimmy Witt thanked the Arvest Foundation and the associates from Russellville locations that came to present the check. The funds will be used by the city to aid the residents most affected by the flood.

“On behalf of the Arvest Foundation and our associates, we present this check to the City of Dardanelle and we are pleased to support our neighbors in this time of need.” -Shawn Bates, Community President Arvest Bank.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

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

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