Arvest Bank Donates $20,000 to Ottawa Police Foundation

Friday, October 05 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Ottawa Police Foundation will double its bicycle fleet and make significant additions to its annual Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Camp thanks to a $20,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced Friday at the Law Enforcement Center in Ottawa. Several associates of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The two new, fully equipped bicycles will complement the Ottawa Police Foundation’s current fleet of two 20-year-old bicycles. The new bicycles will be especially helpful for special events and trail system patrol, among other uses.

The foundation’s D.A.R.E. Camp – which is offered free of charge to any Ottawa fifth-grader who enrolls in the program and submits an essay – will benefit from the Arvest Foundation donation by purchasing a utility terrain/task vehicle (UTV). This vehicle can be used for a host of purposes, including camp operations and crime investigation. It also will alleviate the need for the foundation to borrow a UTV from a community member in times of need.

The Arvest Foundation donation also will result in the Ottawa Police Foundation being able to purchase six new canoes and a trailer for use at its D.A.R.E. Camp. The new equipment will give the foundation a total of two trailers and 10 canoes, which will allow attendance to increase from about 97 to 180.

“Today's gift to the Ottawa Police Foundation represents a tremendous vote of confidence by Arvest in the Ottawa Police Department,” Ottawa Police Chief Dennis Butler said. “This generous donation to the foundation is the largest single donation ever received.

“We work hard every day to provide the best possible service to our community. Public and private partnerships like this allow us to do it even better. Today was a good day for the City of Ottawa." 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Ottawa Police Department’s efforts to protect and serve our community,” Arvest’s Ottawa market president Ed York said. “The D.A.R.E. Camp, in particular, has a great impact on children in our community, and we are proud to contribute in a way that will make their experience even greater.”

“This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area,” Arvest’s Greater Kansas City president and CEO Mark Larrabee said. “It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to education and to the children in the region.”

Tags: Arvest, Arvest Foundation, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri
 

Wives of Armor Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, September 12 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Wives of Armor will purchase new equipment, systems in police vehicles, and other needs of the officers thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Russellville Police Department. Shawn Bates, community bank president of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check to Melanie Ewing, executive treasurer of the Wives of Armor.

“With the generous donation of the Arvest Foundation funds, Wives of Armor will be able to expand our opportunities to serve and support our area law enforcement agencies,” stated Jillian Tucker, president of Wives of Armor.

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Wives of Armor, who have dedicated their time to serve and honor our local officers.” Bates said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing support to our local law enforcement and first responders.”

Tags: Arvest Foundation, Fort Smith
 

Inter-Faith Community Preschool Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Tuesday, September 11 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

A local preschool will be able to purchase an awning for their playground thanks to a $2,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.
The gift was announced today at the Inter-Faith Community Preschool in Fort Smith. Amy Sights of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The Inter-Faith Community Preschool strives to provide education for economically underserved children in the Fort Smith area, regardless of race, creed, color or ethnic origin, and to encourage developmentally appropriate intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social growth through personalized attention and innovative programs. The Inter-Faith Community Preschool also strives to offer a safe, nurturing environment for the children in the program while cultivating spiritual awareness and dedication to Christian values. 

The donation from the Arvest Foundation will help to fund the construction of an awning for the Inter-Faith Preschool’s playground, which will create a safe and comfortable area for the students to play. 

 “Inter-Faith Community Preschool has kept its doors open for 51 years to families and children in need. All donations, whether monetary or in kind, are appreciated. The Arvest Foundation’s generosity will allow us to create a more engaging learning experience for our students at all levels, while helping us provide a healthier environment outside with less sun exposure,” said Ann Law, executive director of Inter-Faith Community Preschool. “By expanding our capabilities, we’ve given our students and teachers an even greater avenue for success.” 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support Inter-Faith Community Preschool’s efforts to provide greater educational opportunities for their students,” said Sights, a Private Banking advisor for Arvest. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to education and to the children in the region.”

Tags: Arvest Foundation, Fort Smith
 

East Pointe Elementary School Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, September 06 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Elementary students in the Greenwood area will get a boost to their STEM curriculum thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 


The gift was announced today at East Pointe Elementary School in Greenwood. Jamie Skinner and Beth Presley of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The Arvest Foundation donation will allow the school to purchase various materials to create a collaborative STEM work space or “Makerspace” inside the school that fosters creativity, flexibility, and persistence through the process of problem-solving.  

"The incredible support provided by Arvest Bank has allowed us to provide a place where our students can explore, discover, and play while solving problems and experiencing learning firsthand,” said East Pointe Elementary principal Josh Ray. “Students at East Pointe are literally begging for more science and math, and we could have never experienced that without Arvest’s generosity. On behalf of every future East Pointe engineer, doctor, architect, and programmer, thank you so much."

Arvest branch manager Jamie Skinner said, “When East Pointe reached out to us with the details of what they were wanting to accomplish with their Makerspace, we knew that we wanted to be a part and help create this incredible experience for all of the students, and students to come. We are thankful that the Arvest Foundation was able to provide this grant for East Pointe and we’re looking forward to seeing this dream become a reality for them.”

 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Arvest Foundation
 

Next Step Homeless Services Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, August 23 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Next Step Day Room in Fort Smith will build the Jack Bradley Freedom House that will house a veteran and their family thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Next Step Day Room in Fort Smith. Amy Sights of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The Next Step Homeless Services not only affords people a safe refuge from the street, but also provides a myriad of services ranging from individual case management, hot meals, job counseling, psychological assessment, life-skills training, phone availability with after-hours messaging, mail service, budgeting classes, anger management classes, transitional housing and assistance with affordable housing searches. 

The Arvest Foundation donation will go toward the Next Step Homeless Services transitional housing program. This home will specifically house a homeless veteran and their family. 

“The Arvest Foundation’s generosity is an important step in completing this project and helping to create the only single-family, veteran transitional house in this region of Arkansas,” said Kim Wohlford, executive director of Next Step.

“We on the board of Next Step Homeless Services are pleased to receive this generous donation from the Arvest Foundation. Arvest has proven to be an important community supporter in Fort Smith. We appreciate our partnership with them in our efforts to eradicate homelessness in our area,” said Sharon Chapman, board president of Next Step.

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Next Step Day Room efforts to provide transitional housing to homeless clients in this area.” Sights said.

Tags: Arvest Foundation, Fort Smith

Choose one or more categories to subscribe to:




Cancel