Arvest Foundation Makes $2 Million Gift to Teach For America

Friday, June 14 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Students facing educational inequality in Greater Kansas City will have better access to mentors, resources and enhanced educational opportunities thanks to a $2 million donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Teach For America (TFA) office in Kansas City. Mark Larrabee, president for Arvest Bank in Greater Kansas City and Arvest marketing manager Shalea Walter were on hand to present the check.

The funds will help TFA with its mission of recruiting a diverse network of “corps members.” Corps members work as teachers in local schools in low-income communities for at least two years. When their teaching stints are complete, most corps members continue teaching, pursue other leadership roles in schools or choose careers that can help shape educational access and opportunity.

“Over the past 10 years, TFA has brought more than 1,000 leaders to Kansas City to serve more 150,000 students in our urban core,” TFA executive director Chris Rosson said. “Thanks to the generosity of, and partnership with, the Arvest Foundation, we will be able to recruit, develop and support the next generation of Kansas City’s leaders. As we have seen, this program produces leaders who are keenly focused on making Kansas City a better place for all.”

The gift is in line with the Arvest Foundation’s mission to provide funding to those who are actively working to create positive change for others, specifically in the realm of K-12 education.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to present this significant donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support Teach For America’s efforts in Greater Kansas City,” Larrabee said. “There may be no greater cause than expanding opportunities to children to help them reach their full potential, and we are thrilled to partner with TFA to make that happen right here in Kansas City. Those opportunities, and progress in general, start with education, and today’s gift will improve the educational experiences of countless kids. This donation is one of many we have made throughout the area, and we hope it demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to our children and their education.”

Tags: Arvest, Kansas City
 

Severe Storms and Flooding Assistance Available

Wednesday, June 05 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank has announced accommodations for our customers affected by the recent severe storms and flooding in many of the communities we serve. Because we understand the uncertainty caused by such conditions, including interruptions to income, we have established a Special Assistance Customer Care hotline for our customers who need help with their accounts or loans during this time.

If you have concerns about your accounts or ability to pay on a loan related to the recent severe storms and flooding, please call this dedicated line during normal business hours:

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

An associate will walk you through specific accommodations available to Arvest customers.

  • ARVEST MORTGAGE CUSTOMERS: Arvest is suppressing credit reporting, waiving late fees, helping with hazard claims and offering payment assistance including forbearance. In addition to calling (877) 483-2940, mortgage customers can visit our website to learn more about hazard claims and 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 situation and need. In addition, Arvest is presenting 0.0% APR consumer loan, waiving origination fees and extending the first payment due date. 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 refunding account insufficient funds and overdraft fees for qualifying customers, when applicable. To request these 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: Arvest, Lending and Financing
 

Arvest Bank Names Cheah Senior Vice President

Monday, June 03 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce that Arvest Wealth Management senior client advisor Kim Cheah has been promoted to senior vice president for the Fayetteville market.


Cheah, who has 21 years of industry experience, including more than 15 at Arvest, specializes in comprehensive financial planning, retirement planning, asset allocation analysis, and insurance product analysis. She works at Fayetteville’s branch on Township Street.

A Certified Financial Planner®, Cheah has worked in the financial services industry since 1998 and started with Arvest in 2004. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration at Wichita State University.

“Kim’s experience and expertise is invaluable not just to the bank and our wealth management team, but more importantly, to our clients,” said Steve Burkhead, Arvest Wealth Management regional manager and senior vice president for Arvest Bank. “Not only is she a tireless advocate for her clients in helping them realize their financial goals, but she also is a trusted mentor within our organization.”

Cheah and her husband have two sons and live in Fayetteville. Cheah volunteers as a Zumba instructor in Springdale and Rogers – and also does Zumba events to help nonprofits with fundraising efforts – among other civic endeavors.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fayetteville
 

Arvest Bank Announces Boyd Hire

Friday, May 31 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Emily Boyd.

Boyd, who has more than 13 years of industry experience, will serve as an Arvest Private Banking advisor. In that role, she will analyze and develop wealth management strategies for private banking clients to help them reach their financial goals, among other duties.

“Emily’s experience and expertise are a great addition to our team here in Fayetteville, and we couldn’t be happier about having her back where she started her career,” said Xochitl Baxter, senior vice president and Arvest Private Banking manager. “She will be a valuable asset not just for the bank, but more importantly, our clients.”

Boyd serves on the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks as a board member and part of the finance committee, and is a committee member for Washington County Teen Leadership, among other civic endeavors. She lives in Fayetteville.

 

Tags: Arvest, Fayetteville
 

Helping Our Kids Foundation Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, May 30 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Children in Logan County, Ark., will receive help thanks to a $4,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation to the Helping Our Kids Foundation in Scranton.


The gift was announced today at the American Legion Building in Scranton. Tami Moffet, assistant branch manager of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The funds will help the Helping Our Kids Foundation to provide basic needs, such as food and clothes, to children in the Scranton school district.

“Thank you so much for your grant of $4,500,” said Helping Our Kids consultant Lillie Brewster. “This will help feed lots of hungry students. We partner with the school to provide food for the school backpack program. We have 43 elementary students on the backpack program and two volunteers who pack and distribute the backpacks each Friday so the students don’t go hungry over the weekend. Our main goal is to ensure that students have food over the weekend and warm clothing, shoes, coats, etc. in the wintertime.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Helping Our Kids Foundation team, which has dedicated it's time to providing and improving the lives of our students in the Scranton area,” Moffet said. “I personally have seen the generosity of this foundation and have been deeply moved by the areas they have been able to help the children.”

Tags: Arvest, Fort Smith

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