Arvest Bank, Ultimate Auto Group Present Checks to Three Nonprofits

Friday, October 20 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank and Ultimate Auto Group recently presented three Charity of the Year recipients with individual checks totaling $19,200. The donations are the result of proceeds from the 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament hosted by Arvest Bank and Ultimate Auto Group that benefits up to three nonprofit organizations located in the bank’s North Central Arkansas territory. 
 
This year’s recipients include The Call of Baxter and Marion Counties, organizations that work “to educate, equip and encourage the Christian community to provide a future and a hope for children in foster care in Arkansas.” Children’s Charity Ministry in Harrison is also a 2017 Charity of the Year. The Christian-based nonprofit provides food, hygiene kits, household necessities and other services to children in need in eight counties in North Central Arkansas. 
 
“Together, we are making a very meaningful and lasting impact in the lives of so many families and children in our area,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “These donations are possible only because of the participation and generosity of those who contribute to this golf tournament year after year and, for that, we are very grateful.”
 
Every year the tournament benefits as many as three nonprofit organizations from Baxter, Boone and Marion Counties in Arkansas, and Howell County in Missouri.  Eligible charities that are designated as a 501(c)(3) organization are invited each spring to apply for consideration as a Charity of the Year. Recipients are selected by Arvest Bank associates based on past, present and future financial needs, as well as other criteria.  
 
The tournament was held at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home. 
 
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.
 
Tags: Charitable Giving, North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest Community Garden: Growing Our Community One Seed at a Time

Monday, October 16 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
In the spring of 2014, the first seeds were planted in the Arvest Community Garden in Greater Kansas City. The garden was offered as a starting point for local individuals wanting to learn more about community gardening and local garden initiatives. The garden consists of 12 raised beds, nine of which are rented or utilized by Arvest volunteers for donations.

Over the past few years, our volunteers have experience many successful harvest seasons, with this year being no different. On Friday, September 29th, our Arvest Community Garden volunteers spent hours harvesting sweet potatoes and tomatoes. Arvest was able to donate 394 pounds of sweet potatoes and 27 pounds of tomatoes to Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP).

The donated goods go to REAP’s emergency food pantry which offers a well-balanced and nutritious selection of canned and dry goods, bread, vegetables, meat and dairy products. REAP strives to provide each family enough food to last two to three weeks. Arvest is proud to partner with REAP to help them meet this need.

 

Tags: Kansas City
 

Siloam Springs Volunteer Makes Tails Wag

Friday, October 13 at 06:15 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Bittersweet may be the best word to describe the emotion Tina Berrios feels when she gets a text message from one of the local animal shelters she serves.
 
Berrios, president of the nonprofit, Tailwaggers*, Inc., said the texts usually convey this message: “Guess who got adopted?”
 
That message means one of the cats or dogs Berrios and other volunteers have spent hours befriending and socializing has a new home. It means the animal is leaving the shelter, which can be somewhat sad for those who have spent time with it.
 
The upside of those text messages, however, is greater.
 
“What’s most rewarding,” Berrios said of the time and energy she devotes to Tailwaggers, “is when there’s a dog that’s been there two or three months, when I get that text: ‘Guess who got adopted?’”
 
It’s been years since Berrios and her family moved from California to Siloam Springs, where she was surprised by how many stray animals she encountered. A longtime animal lover, Berrios began volunteering at the city’s shelter in hopes she could make some of thew animals more adoptable.
 

These days, Berrios not only volunteers her own time, but runs Tailwaggers. The organization’s mission is to improving the lives of pets and pet owners through education, spaying/neutering, fostering and adopting otherwise abandoned, abused and neglected animals.

Fundraising, beefing up volunteer lists, organizing educational outreach efforts and more can be a demanding – and sometimes thankless – job. When those text messages hit her phone, however, Berrios knows that all the effort is worth it.
 
“I love this job,” she said. “That’s what it’s all about.”
 
Berrios is the 23rd 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. 
 
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 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: Northwest Arkansas, People Helping People, Siloam Springs
 

Conversations from the Top Oct. 25 in Kansas City - Dr. Angie Besendorfer

Wednesday, October 11 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Dr. Angie Besendorfer, chancellor of WGU Missouri, will be the guest of honor at the seventh session of Central Exchanges’ 2017 Conversations from the Top series. Arvest is proud to support this moderated fireside chat with executive women in leadership throughout Kansas City.
 
Dr. Besendorfer will share her insight on Wednesday, October 25th from 12:00pm to 1:15pm at Central Exchange South (6201 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS). Registration is required.
 
During the Conversations from the Top series, you will hear inspirational stories and insight from women who have faced challenging issues throughout their journey to the top of their field and October’s speaker, Dr. Angie Besendorfer, is no different. Besendorfer champions college attainment for working adults who wish to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree and leads the efforts to connect students and community stakeholders with WGU’s online competency-based model of higher education.
 
Besendorfer has spent 23 years in the field of education in Missouri, implementing innovative and technology-focused learning strategies. Before joining WGU Missouri, Besendorfer was the assistant superintendent of Joplin Schools for eight years leading advancement in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and facilities. She was also an adjunct professor at Missouri State University, teaching in the master’s program for Educational Administration.
 
Among the innovations Besendorfer has championed is a focus on digital learning. She took the lead in the Joplin district’s recovery after an EF-5 tornado hit 10 schools. As the leader in designing and building cutting-edge new schools, Besendorfer guided the community to re-imagine high school education.
 
Besendorfer holds a bachelor’s in education from Missouri Southern State University, a M.S. in Elementary Administration from Central Missouri State University and a doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Missouri. 
 
Besendorfer has been a featured presenter at the International Leaning Forward Conference, the National Institute of Medicine, and has presented widely on 21st Century Education. She is a member of the regional Workforce Investment Board and the Mercy Hospital Community Advisory Board. Besendorfer is active with the area Rotary Club, museum complex, and Chamber of Commerce. Besendorfer has also received several accolades for her work including the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, the AASA Women in School Leadership Award and the Tri-State Business Journal Most Influential Woman.
 
More information here*.
 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.
 
 
 
 
Tags: Kansas City
 

Fayetteville, Ark., Annual Tree Giveaway

Wednesday, October 11 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest is once again partnering with the City of Fayetteville for their annual Celebration of Trees on Saturday, October 28th, at 7:00 a.m. Mayor Lioneld Jordan, the City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department, and the City of Fayetteville Urban Forestry Advisory Board will be giving out FREE trees and shrubs to City residents. The 19th annual tree giveaway, locally recognizing Arbor Day, will be held on the Arvest Bank Plaza on the Northeast corner of Fayetteville’s Historic Downtown Square. The event is held annually with the goal of helping to grow the urban forest. Adults should be prepared to show proof of their City residency before selecting a tree or shrub. 
 
The Celebration of Trees is a one day event, but growing a tree is a sustained endeavor that positively impacts the urban forest in Fayetteville for years into the future. 
 
Date: Saturday, October 28 
Time: 7:00 a.m. until supplies are exhausted 
Location: Arvest Bank Plaza on Center Street on the Downtown Historic Square
 
Quantities: Limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Limit (2) plants per adult Fayetteville resident that is present at the event. 
 
Trees available this year will include: 
  • American Hornbeam – Carpinus caroliniana 
  • Arrowood Viburnum – Viburnum dentatum 
  • Carolina Buckthorn – Rhamnus caroliniana 
  • Eagleston Holly – Ilex x attenuatta 
  • Paw Paw – Asimina triloba 
  • Pecan – Carya illinoinensis 
  • Persimmon – Diospyros virginiana 
  • Redbud – Cercis canadensis 
  • Rusty Viburnum – Viburnum rufidulum 
  • White Oak – Quercus alba 
  • Willow Oak – Quercus phellos 
 
Tags: Fayetteville

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