Waldron Rural Fire Department Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, October 17 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Waldron Rural Fire Department will have the opportunity to update some of its turnout gear with the help of a $3,900 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced at the Arvest Bank in Waldron, Ark. Debra Fuller, Keith Slater, Teresa Carnahan, Debra Byford and Shelley Buckles of Arvest were on hand to present the check.

The Arvest Foundation donation will allow the Fire Department to replace some of their outdated turnout gear, resulting in enhance firefighting capabilities. Turnout gear provides personal protection for firefighters and can include trousers, boots and jackets.

“On a fire scene, having current and reliable equipment is vital to the safety and confidence of our firefighters, Waldron Rural Fire Department chief Ken Overdurf said. “The Waldron Fire Department is honored to have community partners like the Arvest Foundation and is thankful for its generous support.”

“We are happy to make this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation,” Buckles said. “Our firefighters play a critical role in the safety and well-being of all those in our community and we are happy to support them in this way.”

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Arvest Foundation Makes Series of Donations in Muskogee

Wednesday, October 16 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Arvest Foundation made a series of donations to organizations in the Muskogee area recently, providing help for flood victims, patients of a children’s clinic and victims of child abuse. The three organizations received a total of $22,500.

The Muskogee County Disaster Recovery Committee (MCDRC) received $10,000 to aid in its mission to provide recovery services to individuals, families and businesses affected by the 2019 floods in Muskogee County. Specifically, the donation will be used to help flood victims rebuild their homes, provide needed home contents, and assist with other financial needs.

“The MCDRC is grateful to the Arvest Foundation for their generous donation and for demonstrating their commitment to the Muskogee area,” said D.J. Thompson, chairman of the MCDRC board of directors.

The Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy & Neuro-Muscular Center received $7,000 that will help it provide physical, occupational and speech/swallowing therapy and services to children of all ages at no out-of-pocket cost to their families.

“This donation will benefit children that come to KBT for therapy to enjoy safe, inclusive outdoor playground surfacing and swings,” executive director Sharon Riggs said.

Additionally, the Kids’ Space Child Advocacy Center received $5,500. The center responds to reports of child abuse, utilizing a multi-disciplinary team of experts who investigate alleged abuse, conduct forensic interviews, provide family advocacy, reduce trauma and identify resources so that children and families may begin the healing process.

“This donation is so helpful,” executive director Haley Poffel said. “We have been in need of new furniture for our lobby for quite some time. This will allow us to meet that need without taking crucial money away from client services.”

“We are pleased to present these donations on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support a variety of worthwhile causes in our area,” said Greg Eby, community bank president for Arvest Bank in Muskogee. “We hope and trust that they are a reflection of the foundation’s ongoing commitment to our community.”

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Associate Gets Surprise on “Good Morning America”

Wednesday, October 16 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


If you are one of the millions of Americans who watches network TV as part of your morning routine, you may have seen a face that is familiar to Arvest Bank recently.

That’s because Ashley Ellis appeared during a “Good Morning America” segment as part of National Love Your Hair Day on Oct. 10. Ellis has been an Arvest associate since 2005 and has served in a variety of roles. She currently works in the Arvest Credit Card division as an onboarding specialist for the corporate credit card department.

National Love Your Hair Day is the creation of Carolyn Aronson, CEO and founder of It’s a 10 Haircare.

“Our hair is our crown … so we need to celebrate it,” Aronson said during the segment.

Little did Ellis know that she was about to be celebrated, too. Ellis and two other women were in the studio audience as part of a prize package associated with an It’s a 10 social media contest. Contest guidelines said It’s a 10 was looking for three hard-working go-getters who are “pushing the boundaries, working toward their dreams, and truly making a difference.”

“You thought you were here as guests, but we want to share your stories with America,” co-anchor Lara Spencer said while calling Ellis and the two other guests onstage.

Ellis’ story in a nutshell: She was a divorced mother of two who had never lived on her own when she decided to take self-defense classes as a way to boost her lagging self-confidence and self-worth. Fast-forward several years, and Ellis now teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes and offers free self-defense seminars for women.

I just want women to feel amazing, want them to feel protected and feel like they can take on the world,” she said.

Ellis and the other guests then got an even bigger surprise: $10,000 checks to start a new business or further their current pursuits. Ellis said she plans to use her money to become a certified jiu-jitsu instructor and maybe even take law enforcement training.

Her goal is to be able to reach more women and share the empowerment she uncovered by taking those first self-defense classes.

“I would love to go around to our trade areas and provide women at Arvest (and others) an opportunity to come to free seminars,” Ellis said.

And she plans to keep her day job, too.

>>WATCH THE SEGMENT HERE<<

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Arvest Bank Names Self Associate Mortgage Lender

Friday, October 11 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Alyvia Self has been promoted to associate mortgage lender in Mena.

Self, NMLS# 1209476, has five years of industry experience and has served in several roles at Arvest, most recently as assistant branch manager. In her new position, Self will work closely with the mortgage loan manager in the generation, evaluation, approval, processing, closing and servicing of real estate loans.

“I am excited to have Alyvia join our mortgage team,” Arvest mortgage loan manager Randy Magness said. “Her knowledge of the market and the community will be invaluable here in Mena. Additionally, she will cover our branch in Waldron and those in Idabel and Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Her track record speaks for itself and I am confident she will be a tremendous asset not just for the bank, but more importantly, our customers.”

A native of Mena, Self earned an associate degree in business administration at the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain.

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Arvest Bank to Host Grand Opening for ATM with Live Teller

Wednesday, October 09 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it will host a grand opening event for its ATM with Live Teller in Golden City on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Festivities will include a cookout from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ATM with Live Teller, which allows customers to have face-to-face communication and conduct transactions with Arvest tellers via a video screen, is located at 403 Main Street.

Additionally, Arvest will offer concierge service from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for customers who may need help or are simply interested in learning how the ATM with Live Teller functions. Customers can choose whether they want to take advantage of the video teller capabilities or use the machine like a traditional ATM.

The video tellers are able to help customers complete more types of transactions than a traditional ATM, including larger withdrawal amounts, specific account inquiries, deposits of 30 items at a time, and complete check cashing. The ATM with Live Teller is available from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. Standard ATM capabilities are available 24 hours a day.

“Our ATM with Live Teller has been up and running for some time now, and the response from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Chad Evans, president for Arvest Bank in the Joplin region. “One of our goals in introducing this technology here was to give our customers personal service during extended banking hours, as well as 24/7 access as a full-service ATM. This technology is the first of its kind for Arvest in Missouri, and we are excited to introduce it in Golden City.”

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