Arkansas Crisis Center Receives $9,700 Donation

Friday, August 03 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arkansas Crisis Center will be able to provide necessary training to their staff thanks to a $9,700 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the Arkansas Crisis Center in Springdale. Chris Thornton, Stacy Matlock and Julie Shook of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check to Emily Gilbertson.

“The Arkansas Crisis Center is incredibly grateful for this donation from the Arvest Foundation, as it will allow us to become certified to train others in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), which is extremely limited in the state. Arkansas ranks 14th in the nation for number of deaths by suicide,” said Gilbertson, crisis services program manager. “Making this training more available to Arkansans is crucial in combatting the rising rate of suicide. The more people in the community who have suicide intervention training, the more likely it is they will be able to identify someone at risk and intervene to keep them safe.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Arkansas Crisis Center. Awareness of this organization is imperative in saving lives across the state of Arkansas,” said Stacy Matlock, commercial banker in Springdale and ACC board member. “This donation will help in promoting awareness and provide the necessary training to more people interested in helping the ACC reach their vision for Arkansas to have zero suicides by 2025.”

Tags: Arvest, Springdale

The City of Huntsville Receives $2,200 Donation

Wednesday, August 01 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The City of Huntsville got a boost in its efforts to attract visitors and industries to Huntsville thanks to a $2,200 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the City Hall in Huntsville. Matt Smith of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check to Nancy Marsh.

The City of Huntsville Economic Development Program is working to bring in visitors and industry to Huntsville, and the gift from the Arvest Foundation will help the city purchase maps to give to both groups.

"The purpose of this city map is to use with visitors, people traveling through our nice little city, or people who have just moved here,” said Nancy Marsh, City of Huntsville economic development director. “The Economic Development Commission was trying to decide the best use of funds to produce this map and hesitated to sell ads since businesses change and space on the map is used for the ads. The City of Huntsville is excited to receive these funds from the Arvest Foundation for the production of our new city map. These funds will allow us to print more maps. Also, all the space on the map can be used for directions. The new map should be available in September. Thank you again for supporting the City of Huntsville.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the City of Huntsville and its efforts to get the attention of tourists and industries looking to expand,” said Matt Smith, community bank president in Huntsville. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to Huntsville and all of the communities we serve." 

Tags: Springdale

Springdale Public Library Receives $11.7k Donation

Tuesday, July 17 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Library patrons in the Springdale area will have an updated information and reference desk thanks to an $11,700 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Springdale Public Library. Chris Thornton, Julie Shook, Kent Williamson and Paula Wilson of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The funds will help the library with much-needed renovations and allow the library to:

  • Have more space for staff
  • Combine the information and reference desks
  • Streamline the customer experience

“Arvest Bank is excited to help the Springdale Public Library with its renovations,” said Paula Wilson, commercial loan manager for Arvest in Springdale and vice president of the Public Library Board. “Combining the information and reference desks will provide additional space for staff and will be more efficient in serving the public.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the library’s renovation efforts,” said Julie Shook, sales manager for Arvest in Springdale. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to our community.”

Tags: Springdale

Arvest Bank Announces Duke Hiring

Friday, July 06 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Tracy Duke has been hired as a commercial banker in Springdale, Arkansas.

With more than 20 years of banking experience, Duke will manage large credit loans and working capital lines of credit, as well as develop commercial relationships, among other responsibilities. He will be based out of the Arvest branch located at 415 W. Emma Ave.

Duke earned a bachelor’s degree at Henderson State University and a master’s in business administration at the University of Arkansas – Little Rock. He also graduated from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

Among other civic endeavors, Duke has served as chairman of the Pulaski County Public Facilities Board and vice chairman of the Henderson State Foundation Board. He and his wife, Jane, have three children.

Tags: Springdale

Springdale Coach Goes the Distance to Volunteer - People Helping People Series

Friday, September 22 at 07:15 AM
Category: People Helping People
Steve Ebert wasn’t interested in becoming a coach as much as he was interested in spending some quality time with his daughter.
Ebert’s daughter was entering seventh grade at the time, and asked her father to start running with her because she wanted to join her junior high school’s cross country team. The two “did a lot of miles together,” Ebert said, and he felt good about helping her get an edge on her classmates when they showed up for the first day of practice.
When Ebert saw that his daughter was one of more than 100 kids at that first practice, however, he thought the team’s one coach might need some help. Fast-forward six years, and both the coach and Ebert’s daughter have moved on from Springdale Central’s cross country team.
Ebert, though, can still be found at practice – Monday-Friday at 6:45 a.m. – working as a volunteer coach.
“He loves the kids, he loves being out here, and… it was never about him, it’s always been about the kids and making kids having the joy of running,” said Chelsea Perry, the team’s current coach.

Ebert is the 22nd 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.
The videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Ebert’s video will launch on Sept. 22.
“Hopefully if I can impact one person a year, then it's all worth it,” Ebert said. “So I continue to do that just because it's rewarding, but also… it’s a need (that) somebody needs to fill.”
Ebert’s impact has been felt by far more than one person a year. Perry and teachers at Central have noticed improvement in Ebert’s student-athletes’ drive and effort both on the cross country course and in the classroom.
So, even though both of his children have now progressed through the program, Ebert still spends all those early mornings – and countless other hours – helping the team members reach their full potential. Natalie Watkins was a member of Ebert’s first team.
“I don't think without Steve’s help I would be a good runner or kind of be the person that I am,” she said. “I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but I don't think I would have kept motivating myself to get better if I didn't have his encouragement all those years.”
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.
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