Habitat for Humanity Washington County Receives $15,000 Donation

Friday, October 19 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Habitat for Humanity Washington County will be able to purchase electrical and plumbing materials, as well as associated labor costs for construction of a single mom’s new home in Springdale thanks to a $15,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the building site in Springdale. Kent Williamson, Julie Shook, Chris Thornton and Clay Reed of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check to Brandon Swoboda, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Washington County.

“On behalf of the staff and families of Habitat for Humanity Washington County, I want to thank the Arvest Foundation for their generous donation,” Swoboda said. “This charitable gift has helped a family achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through homeownership. The mission of Habitat is to bring people together to build homes, community and hope. The Arvest Foundation's willingness to contribute to the building of this Springdale home helps Habitat continue the fight for affordable, sustainable low-income homeownership.”

“Working at Arvest allows me to see the benefits new home ownership brings to families every day,” said Reed, a commercial lender. “I’m also a longtime volunteer and current board member for Habitat, and am thankful to be a part of the opportunities it provides to so many in our communities.

“This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area, and it demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to those who live, work and play throughout our footprint.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Springdale

Russellville Fire Department Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, October 18 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Russellville Fire Department will be able to purchase the initial equipment that is needed for the Russellville Junior Firefighter Challenge thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Russellville Fire Department Central Station. Shawn Bates, community bank president of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check to Chief T. Kirk Slone of the Russellville Fire Department.

“We want to thank the Arvest Foundation for this gracious donation,” Slone said. “Their commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community will help make the Russellville Junior Firefighter Challenge a reality.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Russellville Fire Department, which has dedicated its time to implement the Russellville Junior Firefighter Challenge to inspire our youth.” Bates said. “This donation demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing support to our local first responders and to enhance the quality of life in Russellville.” 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

Arvest Bank Promotes Lusk in Russellville

Friday, October 12 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Brianna Lusk has been promoted to assistant branch manager in Russellville.

Lush has worked at Arvest for two years, most recently serving as a senior teller. In her new role, Lusk’s responsibilities include sales efforts, customer service, branch operations and security. She will work at the Arvest branch located at 819 S. Arkansas Ave.

“With Brianna’s leadership, drive and work ethic, I have no doubt she’ll be successful in this role,” Arvest branch sales manager Sherry Wooten said. 

Lusk is a graduate of both National Park College and the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute. She lives in Russellville with her husband, Seth, and is the pianist at Charity Baptist Church.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

McKinney Charitable Trust Awards More than $150,000

Thursday, October 11 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Carl and Alleen McKinney Charitable Trust, which has been managed by Arvest Bank since 1997, awarded more than $150,000 to a total of 19 organizations, it was announced recently. In accordance with the terms of the trust, awards were made for the benefit of the youth, the poor and the disadvantaged in the Bentonville, Arkansas area.

Arvest Bank trust officer Lloyd Franques administers the trust, which has distributed more than $3 million to local charities in 20-plus years. This year’s board of directors – consisting of Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce Graham Cobb, local attorney Blaine Jackson and Arvest executive vice president and regional trust manager Tabi Lipscomb – awarded a total of $156,381 to these applicants for the following benefit:

  • Adult Development Center of Benton County DBA Open Avenues – update its telephone system
  • Arkansas Children’s Foundation – purchase a ventilator
  • Boys & Girls Club of Benton County – give scholarships for low-income youth to attend its after-school program
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County – purchase a visitor management software system to provide instant background checks of visitors, and a portable iRecord system for forensic interviews
  • Circle of Life Hospice – purchase a Hill-Rom bed for patient care at Legacy Village in Bentonville
  • Dress for Success – use for a career center expansion and participant materials
  • Helen Walton Children’s Enrichment Center – purchase food preparation equipment
  • Hope Cancer Resources – provide financial assistance for cancer patients
  • Lifeline of NWA – provide equipment and monitoring for personal emergency response for elderly clients
  • Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas – purchase infant scales for its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter – provide facility updates and improvements in order to provide a safe, nurturing and secure setting for teen girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect
  • Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation-Brightwater – fund its food recovery program
  • Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter – create interactive and engaging indoor spaces for children and youth
  • NWA Food Bank – fund its senior mobile pantry program
  • Rogers Public Education Foundation – provide teachers with educational grants
  • Samaritan House Community Center – purchase snack packs for Bentonville children at risk for hunger on the weekends and school breaks
  • Second Street Pantry Mission Inc. – fund snack pack programs for challenged students at Washington and Lincoln Junior High Schools, and personal care packets for clients
  • Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County Inc. – fund general scholarshipsSunshine School and Development Center – support the transportation department so that children with disabilities may attend its therapeutic preschool center



Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Arvest Benton County, Bentonville

Arvest Bank Announces Echols Hiring

Thursday, October 11 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Jarrod Echols has been hired as an associate mortgage lender in Benton County.

Echols began working in the mortgage industry while attending the University of Arkansas in 2012, and eventually earned a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance. Upon graduation, Echols worked in the insurance industry and was named district recruiting manager within six months.

Echols joined Arvest in July, and as an associate mortgage lender, works closely with the mortgage loan manager in the generation, evaluation, approval, processing, closing and servicing of real estate loans. He is based out of the Arvest branch located at 405 S. Walton Blvd. in Bentonville.

“Jarrod’s energy and commitment to his customers is evident,” said Maria Lau, mortgage loan manager for Arvest in Benton County. “He has been through Arvest’s extensive mortgage training program and we look forward to great things from him.”

Among other civic endeavors, Echols is a member of Kiwanis International. He attends Cross Church Pinnacle Hills. 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

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