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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Beyond Boundaries Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Tuesday, November 13 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Individuals with disabilities in the Alma area will have access to unconventional treatment and therapy thanks to a $3,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Beyond Boundaries facility in Alma. Jeremy Nuckolls of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The funds will help Beyond Boundaries to provide horse training therapy for local children and adults to conquer the physical, mental, and emotional boundaries associated with disabilities. 

The Arvest Foundation donation also supports Beyond Boundaries cover the constant costs of the herd including:

  • Veterinary costs
  • Farrier (horseshoe) costs
  • Food and equipment

Jimmy McMinn of Beyond Boundaries explained, “Beyond Boundaries provides therapy services that utilize horses to help local children and adults conquer the physical, mental and emotional boundaries associated with disabilities. Our clients are your friends and neighbors with the greatest need, who gain the most benefit from the services we provide. We are thankful to Arvest for donating to Beyond Boundaries to help us cover the day-to-day operational expenses that we have.”

“A fellow associate (Chris Green) told me about the wonderful therapy work Beyond Boundaries was doing in our community,” said Nuckolls, branch sales manager., “We felt compelled to select them to be a recipient of the Arvest Foundation funds.” 

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De Queen Fire Department Receives Donation from the Arvest Foundation

Friday, November 09 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

The local fire station in De Queen will be able to supplement their equipment with a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 

The gift was announced today at the Arvest Bank open house in De Queen. J Bigham, Patti Boone, and Ted Sheets of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The Arvest Foundation donation will allow the City of De Queen Fire Department to purchase specialized equipment for the volunteer fire department. 

The De Queen Fire Department Chief, Dennis Pruitt, said, “My fellow firefighters and I are very appreciative of the donation. Patti and her team offered the money without the department’s request. The money will go towards purchasing pressure fans and equipment to detect heat in power lines by evaluating voltage levels.”

“We are pleased to present this donation to the De Queen Fire Department on behalf of the Arvest Foundation,” said Patti Boone, branch sales manager at Arvest Bank. “We appreciate all that the fire department does to keep the city safe and wanted to show our appreciation to them by donating the foundation funds.” 

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City of Mena Receives Donation

Thursday, November 08 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Children in the Mena community will have a safe place to practice basketball thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 


The gift was announced at the Mena City Hall. Shawna Powell, Erica Sullivan, Theresa Young, Damon Miller, Chris Thrailkill and Mandy Rowe of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The funds will be used to rebuild the basketball courts at Janssen Park. This improvement will please many local community members, as Janssen Park is a frequently visited park in Mena. 

“We are grateful to the foundation for their generous contribution to the City of Mena.” said George McKee, mayor of the city of Mena. “These funds will be used to rebuild the basketball courts in Janssen Park. The park is a well-loved feature of the community and the improved basketball courts will certainly benefit citizens from the entire area. The City of Mena is very pleased to partner with Arvest Bank on this exciting new project.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the City of Mena.” said Young, branch sales manager. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout our footprint. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to local communities in the region.”

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Shootin Stars Sports Association Receives Arvest Foundation Donation

Wednesday, November 07 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Disabled athletes in Fort Smith will be able to experience the world of wheelchair sports and have an opportunity to continue an active lifestyle thanks to a $3,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced at the Northridge Middle School Gym in Van Buren. Chris Barnes, Jeremy Nuckolls, Jeannette Pham, and Gabriel Saysombath of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The Arvest Foundation donation also will allow the Shootin Stars Sports Association to purchase a new wheelchair designed specifically for sports, and additional equipment to repair and maintain existing chairs. 

“We are very appreciative of the Arvest Foundation for the donation to Shootin Stars,” said Doug Moore, treasurer and coach of the Shootin Stars Sports Association. “There is a newly injured young man and we’ll use the donation to buy him a new chair to fit him and play the adaptive sports. Our goal is to introduce newly injured individuals to wheelchair sports, show that a disability doesn’t have to get you down, and that you can adapt and overcome.”

Chris Barnes, branch sales manager at Arvest Bank, said, “We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Shootin Stars Sports Association’s efforts to provide greater opportunities to men and women with special needs.”

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