Jones Center for Families Receives $10,000 Donation

Friday, December 07 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Jones Center for Families will be able to help improve studio classrooms thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale. Kent Williamson, Julie Shook and Ashley Allen of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check to Ed Clifford, chief executive officer of the Jones Trust, Kelly Kemp-McClintock, chief advancement officer and Brandi Holt, advancement specialist of the Jones Center for Families.

“We are so appreciative of the Arvest Foundation for their generous gift to help with the renovation of two popular studio classroom spaces at The Jones Center. Studios A & B are where Children’s Dance & Gymnastics programs are taught. We’ll be adding a new sound system, youth dance barre, parent observation windows, and all new gymnastics equipment. We hope to roll out the new updates in the first quarter of 2019,” Kemp-McLintock said. “We could not do what we do if it weren’t for the important support of our corporate & foundation partners.

“The Jones Center is a world-class recreation and education facility. Our NWA community is very fortunate to have this type of venue in our backyard for all walks of life and ages to enjoy. We are so pleased to be able to provide this donation to support the mission of the Jones Center,” Allen said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area, and it demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to those who live, work and play throughout our footprint.”

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River Valley Adoption Coalition Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Tuesday, November 20 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Foster children in the Alma area may have a greater chance of finding a foster home thanks to a $3,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at Arvest Bank’s Alma branch, where Tara Alexander and Jeremy Nuckolls of Arvest were on hand to present the check.

The River Valley Adoption Coalition is dedicated to finding foster, as well as forever, homes for school-aged and older children. Located in Fort Smith, it strives to assist families with the adoption or fostering process. The coalition offers a wealth of resources and works alongside families to provide a loving, welcoming home for any child.

The funds will be used to organize and host special “meet-and-greet” events where foster children and prospective parents can meet in a fun and safe environment. These events are a creative way for more foster children to get exposure to potential foster families and, ultimately, a forever home.

Paula Higgins, president of the River Valley Adoption Coalition, commented, “We will use the funds to bring adopted children across the state to meet potential parents and host a carnival-style event with games in a fun environment for the children. The parents are already pre-screened and ready to adopt.”

“We are pleased to present this donation to the River Valley Adoption Coalition,” Nuckolls said. “The coalition provides a much-needed service in the River Valley by joining foster children with prospective parents in a safe, positive environment. We were happy to choose them because of the enormous impact they have on the communities’ children.” 

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Arvest Foundation Provides Bright Futures Gift

Friday, November 16 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Cassville R-IV School District’s Bright Futures program recently got a boost from the Arvest Foundation.

The $4,000 gift was announced recently, and will help Bright Futures Cassville address various needs in its mission to help children succeed. Bright Futures Cassville is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2011

"Arvest Bank continues to be an outstanding partner," Cassville R-IV superintendent Richard Asbill said. "We appreciate Arvest’s efforts to help our students be successful in school and our community. As a community partner, Arvest Bank understands the importance of ensuring the basic needs of students are met, and we greatly appreciate that dedication and commitment to our children."

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support Bright Futures Cassville,” local bank president Craig Rivaldo said. “The work this group does is vital, and this donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area that demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to education and to the children in the area.”

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Focus on Greenwood Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, November 15 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Local children in the Greenwood area will benefit from a $2,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Focus on Greenwood facility in Greenwood. Jamie Skinner of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The funds will be used to purchase a prosthetic devise for a local student as well as eyeglasses for students that are recommended by the school nurse. 

“The funds will be used to go toward the cost of the prosthetic device and some of the continuing care which will be required for our amputee, Miss Jessica Wilson,” Said Dr. Evan Rowe, Focus on Greenwood member, “With the grant from Arvest Bank, it is much easier for our organization, Focus on Greenwood, to provide the prosthetic device. As you can imagine, a prosthetic is extremely expensive and fortunately we are getting an exceptional deal both from Össur and from Francois Van Der Watt, and thanks to the generous donation we are able to make this event possible. Without the funding there would have been very little money to go toward other community programs, as the majority of the proceeds would have all gone to the prosthetic.

“Any extra funding left over after the prosthetic costs have been settled will be placed in the general fund to be used by Focus on Greenwood for other community needs. This could include glasses for kids, shoes for kids, medical assistance to those in need, scholarships for local seniors or to go toward purchasing things needed for those kids in the Angel Tree Program.”

“We are pleased to present Focus on Greenwood this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation,” Skinner said. “With this donation, Focus on Greenwood was not only able to provide a prosthetic device to a very well-deserving recipient, but also able to have funds leftover to support many other needs in our community. We are very thankful for the Arvest Foundation allowing us to provide local support to the communities that we serve.”

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The CALL in Crawford & Sebastian Counties Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, November 14 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Foster children in the Crawford and Sebastian county area will benefit from a $3,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 

The funds will be used to purchase office equipment to help expand The CALL’s services to foster families and children. 

The CALL county coordinator for Crawford and Sebastian counties, Emily Treadaway, explained, “With over 700 kids in foster care in Sebastian and Crawford Counties, The CALL is working to recruit, train, and support more foster homes. These funds will be used to purchase computers, shelving, and other office equipment to expand our services.”

“The CALL in Crawford and Sebastian counties does a tremendous job of supporting local foster families,” said Daniel Skipper, commercial banker with Arvest Bank. “While recruiting new families to care for children in the foster care system is important, supporting existing foster families is crucial. The CALL focuses its time and resources to do both of these. Funds from the Arvest Foundation will help equip The CALL to better communicate with, support, and encourage prospective and open foster homes in our local communities." 

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