City of Mena Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Friday, July 26 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Police officers in Mena, Ark., will receive new uniforms thanks to an $8,400 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Mena City Hall. Theresa Young, Shawna Powell, Chase Henry, Chris Thrailkill, and Alyvia Self of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.  

Each officer will be outfitted with both summer and winter uniforms. The new style of uniform displays a professional look while providing more comfort and function for the officer. These everyday-wear uniforms will be in addition to the traditional uniforms needed for court appearances and other functions requiring formal wear.  

“The City of Mena is extremely grateful to the Arvest Foundation for this very generous donation to our department,” said Mena police chief Tommy Stueart. 

“On behalf of the Arvest Foundation, we are very thankful for the opportunity to help the Mena Police Department purchase new uniforms,” Young said. “The new uniforms will enhance the safety, appearance, and comfort of the Mena Police Department.”



Tags: Charitable Giving, Community Support

Arvest Locations Collect Shoes, Accessories for Walk a Mile in My Shoes Fundraiser

Monday, April 01 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest associates hosted a successful shoe drive at locations in Fayetteville and surrounding communities with more than 250 pairs of shoes collected for the ninth annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes event benefiting Ozark Guidance. The shoes, plus handbags and jewelry, were given to Ozark Guidance on Tuesday for sale in the April 5 and 6 fundraising event.

Dr. Laura H. Tyler, president and chief executive officer of Ozark Guidance, commended the bank’s commitment to helping support the nonprofit organization. “We’re overwhelmed by this tangible support for Ozark Guidance and the clients we serve,” Tyler said. “We want to express our thanks to all of the Arvest associates and Arvest customers who made this drive such a success. The generosity of our community partner and its customers will help us continue to fulfill our mission of saving and changing lives through compassionate, quality behavioral health services.”

Steven R. Hinds, vice president of philanthropy and development for Ozark Guidance, said the idea behind the Walk a Mile in My Shoes event goes beyond raising money. “We want to encourage our community to join us in breaking down stigma associated with mental health – to really take a look and ‘walk’ in someone else’s shoes,” Hinds said. “We also hope that through events like Walk a Mile, others may better understand the needs of those who battle disorders that interfere with the way they think, feel and act.”

The ninth annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes event includes a VIP Presale Party on April 5. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased by calling 479-725-5294. The sale begins at 8 a.m. April 6 and is open to the public. Both events are at the Holiday Inn, 1500 S. 48th St. in Springdale. More information is available at *


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Tags: Charitable Giving, Community Support, Fayetteville

Arvest Bank Offers Special Assistance to Customers Affected by Shutdown

Friday, January 25 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank has announced additional accommodations for our customers affected by the current government shutdown. Because we understand the uncertainty caused by an interruption in income, we’ve established a Special Assistance Customer Care hotline for our customers who need help managing their accounts during this time.

If you have concerns about your accounts related to the government shutdown, please call this dedicated line during normal business hours – 

Arvest Special Assistance Customer Care: (877) 483-2940.

A customer care associate will walk you through specific accommodations available to you.

  • ARVEST MORTGAGE CUSTOMERS: Arvest is suppressing credit reporting, waiving late fees and offering payment assistance including forbearance. In addition to calling (877) 483-2940, mortgage customers can visit the Arvest website to learn more about hardship assistance. Options will vary based on loan type and investor guidelines.
  • PERSONAL LOANS (AUTO, HOME EQUITY, DEBT CONSOLIDATION, ETC.): Arvest is offering payment deferrals for existing loans based on need. In addition, Arvest is waiving origination fees and offering an extension of the first payment due date for some new consumer loan types. Affected customers are encouraged to call (877) 483-2940 to discuss options.
  • CONSUMER AND BUSINESS CREDIT CARD CUSTOMERS: Arvest is offering payment deferrals. Affected customers are encouraged to call (877) 483-2940.
  • CHECKING ACCOUNT HOLDERS: Arvest is waiving account insufficient funds and overdraft fees, as well as monthly account fees, when applicable. To request these waivers or refunds, please call (877) 483-2940.
  • BUSINESS OR COMMERCIAL LOANS: Please contact your local Arvest banker for personalized assistance.

At Arvest we are committed to helping our customers through this challenging time. If you have questions about any of the above accommodations or your eligibility, please do not hesitate to call (877) 483-2940.

Tags: Arkansas, Budgeting, Business Banking, Community Support, Credit Cards, Credit History, Credit Score, Customer Question, Debt, Home Loans, Kansas, Lending and Financing, Missouri, Mortgage, Oklahoma, Overdraft Coverage

24th annual Arkansas vs Oklahoma Cross Country High School All Stars Meet

Wednesday, December 06 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to once again sponsor the 24th annual Arkansas vs. Oklahoma Cross Country High School All Stars Meet, one of the longest events of its kind in the US. The 2017 race was held at Rogers (Arkansas) High School 5K Mountie Cross Country Course on Nov. 11 in cool, overcast conditions. The teams are comprised of top high school runners from each state, and the team results score the first ten finishers from each state.

In the boys race, Oklahoma placed a strong 1-2-3, and the score was tied at 30 after each team’s first five runners. Arkansas then tallied the next five to lead to a convincing 90-172 team win. Daniel Nichol of MacArthur (Lawton) High School from the Sooner State took individual honors in 16:16.54 over the 5,000-meter course. Close behind was Mooreland High School’ Collen McLain in 16:20.31, followed by Cliff Littleton of Shawnee High School in 16:22.34. The top Arkansas runner was Carter Reynolds of Maumelle High School who took fourth place overall in 16:29.20.
Josie Carson of Lake Hamilton High School led a stampede of Natural State runners in 18:40.58 as Arkansas took the first seven places to race to a 59-204 victory. Freshman Hailey Day of Rogers Heritage High School was second in 18:49.30, with another freshman, Ali Nachtigal of Rogers High School, close behind in third at 18:53.74.  Kenya Bailey of Midwest City High School was the first Oklahoma runner in at 19:28.13. 
Complete meet results can be found at MileSplitAR.*
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Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Oklahoma

Engineer Develops 'Extraordinary' Possibilities - People Helping People Series

Tuesday, November 28 at 03:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Nov. 07, 2017 – Tom Jakobs’ professional aspiration is as daunting as it is admirable.

“I specialize in helping people with very severe disabilities to live more independently and to pursue their life goals,” said Jakobs, founder of the nonprofit corporation, Be Extraordinary* (Be-X).

It’s a pursuit easier said than done, but Be-X’s track record speaks for itself. According to the organization’s website – – it has an 84% success rate in terms of promoting its clients’ quality of life through the effective use of technology. A bioengineer, Jakobs said that kind of success is determined on a case-by-case basis. “Sometimes success is just having a little more ability that what you had before,“ he said.

Jakobs is the 25th 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.

In the case of Shawn Egan, Jakobs’ – and Be-X’s – charge was to give him the capability to use a phone. Egan suffered a spinal cord injury while cutting a tree that left him paralyzed. Through years of patience that included securing grant money in addition to numerous technical trials and errors, Be-X finally was able to find a solution that allows Egan to independently place and receive calls, as well as text.

The result is that he can help with his family’s rental business, and he also serves on a couple of local boards of directors. Having that capability is beyond what Egan set as a goal for himself after his injury. “When I got hurt back in 2011, that was my big goal then – and that’s still my goal – is to get my kids out of school,” Egan said. “Just be here long enough to see they get graduated, they become adults, and they move into the life that they want.” Even so, thanks to the efforts of Be-X, Egan is able to work from home and help his children with their homework, things that didn’t seem possible at different times after his injury. In his words, that allows Egan “to contribute to society.” And that’s a big win for all involved.

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

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Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Fort Smith, People Helping People

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