The CALL in Crawford & Sebastian Counties Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, November 14 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Foster children in the Crawford and Sebastian county area will benefit from a $3,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 

The funds will be used to purchase office equipment to help expand The CALL’s services to foster families and children. 

The CALL county coordinator for Crawford and Sebastian counties, Emily Treadaway, explained, “With over 700 kids in foster care in Sebastian and Crawford Counties, The CALL is working to recruit, train, and support more foster homes. These funds will be used to purchase computers, shelving, and other office equipment to expand our services.”

“The CALL in Crawford and Sebastian counties does a tremendous job of supporting local foster families,” said Daniel Skipper, commercial banker with Arvest Bank. “While recruiting new families to care for children in the foster care system is important, supporting existing foster families is crucial. The CALL focuses its time and resources to do both of these. Funds from the Arvest Foundation will help equip The CALL to better communicate with, support, and encourage prospective and open foster homes in our local communities." 

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Make the Most of Your Holiday Budget

Wednesday, November 14 at 11:00 AM
Category: Business Banking

Whether you are buying groceries for a holiday meal, traveling to visit relatives or simply picking up last-minute stocking stuffers, it is no secret the holiday season is expensive. With two major holidays back-to-back, the spending often feels unending.

Rather than letting long wish lists intimidate you, check out these easy ways to stretch your budget.

Start with a Budget and Stick to it
As holiday gifts and treats flood store shelves, the temptation to stock up on family favorites can be difficult to resist. The colorful displays and sale tags expertly draw in enamored customers. However, if you step into the store with a list in hand and budget in mind, you will be prepared to purchase only the necessities.

Make the list before you leave home, create a budget and set aside a small amount of money for additional, last-minute or forgotten expenses. Money Crashers* encourages customers to avoid setting a budget that is too tight, which only leads to frustration.

Earn Credit Card Rewards Points
Before you start shopping or traveling this holiday season, look into credit card rewards opportunities. With nearly every purchase on your card, you will earn points that can be redeemed at a later date.

If you have an Arvest Bank personal credit card, log in or call (800) 356-8085, extension 3, to activate and earn 3X rewards points on nearly everything you buy up to $3,000. Activate your card as soon as possible, because Arvest Flex Rewards are available Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2018.

Schedule a Vacation
Although family trips are traditionally reserved for summer months, Bankrate* suggests the holiday season may actually be the most affordable time to get away. When hunting for the best accommodation rates, try checking online, calling the central reservation number or contacting the hotel directly.

The hotel or resort’s willingness to book empty rooms may secure you a memorable family getaway for a fraction of the usual cost. Set your mind at ease knowing nearly every charge on your credit card is earning you additional rewards points.

Take Advantage of Black Friday
If you are brave enough to tackle the Black Friday adventure, go with a pre-made list of everything you hope to buy. Creating a game plan ahead of time and staying on track could help you score those high-demand wish list items for a more reasonable price.

After you have filled a cart with the items on your list, use your credit card at check out and earn rewards points on the purchase.

Look for Coupons
The internet is full of money-saving websites such as Groupon* and RetailMeNot*, which provide large catalog of in-store and online coupons. Look for coupon codes on items you were already planning to purchase.

LifeHacker* suggests setting aside the money you saved, and allowing it to accumulate in a savings account. The small discounts here and there will add up faster than you think and provide extra cushion for your budget.

Whether you find a coupon to use or not, don’t forget to use your credit card at check out and earn rewards on nearly every purchase.

Disclosure:  Activate to earn 3X Security BankCard Select Rewards™ points on up to $3,000 in eligible purchases made on your SBC Personal Credit Card between November 01, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The bonus offer must be activated online by clicking the activation button in your Rewards Account or by calling the rewards phone line at (800) 356-8085, extension 3. Bonus points will only be awarded on eligible purchases from the time your bonus is activated until December 31, 2018. Eligible purchases are not limited by merchant categories such as groceries or fuel, but do not include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, convenience check transactions, purchases of traveler’s checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards or purchases of other cash equivalents. Bonus points will be applied to your account within three billing cycles after your qualifying purchase. The Card Account must be open and not in default as of the date the bonus points are applied. New applications are subject to credit approval.

*Link is a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

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PAEF Gets Funding Boost from Arvest Foundation

Wednesday, November 14 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Pryor Public Schools teachers got funding help in their efforts to apply for and receive grants thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at a check presentation at Arvest Bank. The funds will go to the Pryor Academic Excellence Foundation (PAEF), which serves as a partner with Pryor Public Schools by funding grants to teachers to support educational programs and opportunities for all students in the town’s school system.

“The Arvest Foundation donation will boost our foundation’s ability to provide funding for the quality grants submitted by teachers in Pryor Public Schools,” said Claudia Trout, PAEF trustee. “We are thankful for this investment in the future of Pryor School students.” 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support PAEF’s efforts to provide greater educational opportunities for students in Pryor,” said Heather Cabales, Mortgage Loan Officer at Arvest Bank. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to education and to the children in the region.”

Photo L-R: Victor Casey and Amanda Griffin with Arvest Bank, Claudia Trout with PAEF, Heather Cabales and Jordan Landsaw with Arvest Bank.

About the Arvest Foundation

The Arvest Foundation seeks to provide funding to grantees who are actively working to create positive change for others. Major areas of focus include: K-12 education, economic development, and enhancing the quality of life throughout the Arvest footprint. For more information, go to

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Beyond Boundaries Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Tuesday, November 13 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Individuals with disabilities in the Alma area will have access to unconventional treatment and therapy thanks to a $3,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Beyond Boundaries facility in Alma. Jeremy Nuckolls of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The funds will help Beyond Boundaries to provide horse training therapy for local children and adults to conquer the physical, mental, and emotional boundaries associated with disabilities. 

The Arvest Foundation donation also supports Beyond Boundaries cover the constant costs of the herd including:

  • Veterinary costs
  • Farrier (horseshoe) costs
  • Food and equipment

Jimmy McMinn of Beyond Boundaries explained, “Beyond Boundaries provides therapy services that utilize horses to help local children and adults conquer the physical, mental and emotional boundaries associated with disabilities. Our clients are your friends and neighbors with the greatest need, who gain the most benefit from the services we provide. We are thankful to Arvest for donating to Beyond Boundaries to help us cover the day-to-day operational expenses that we have.”

“A fellow associate (Chris Green) told me about the wonderful therapy work Beyond Boundaries was doing in our community,” said Nuckolls, branch sales manager., “We felt compelled to select them to be a recipient of the Arvest Foundation funds.” 

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Arvest Bank Bulks Up Commercial Team in Springfield

Tuesday, November 13 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce three recent additions to its commercial banking team in the Springfield region.

Ladd Lanier, who has worked at Arvest since 2001, has accepted the position on loan manager. He has spent his entire Arvest career in its Fayetteville, Ark., region, most recently serving as commercial loan manager. He and his wife of 27 years, Caroline, have two adult children and are in the process of relocating to Springfield.

"Ladd's strong Arvest credit background and customer service focus make him a welcome addition to the Springfield team,” said Brad Crain, Arvest Bank Springfield president. “He also has a strong record of passion for associates and growing talent for our organization."

Steve Kelly will serve as commercial loan manager, leading Springfield’s commercial banking team and reporting to Lanier. Kelly has 14 years of banking experience in various areas of expertise, including credit, special assets and relationship management. He most recently served as director of portfolio management for Sunflower Bank in Kansas City, where he managed 24 relationship managers.

"Steve’s leadership, commitment to service, sales skills and desire to succeed will be great assets for our team,” Crain said.

Additionally, Jerrod Harmon joins Arvest as a commercial banker. Harrison earned a degree in business administration and finance at Drury University, where he also played baseball and basketball. With three years of industry experience, Harmon most recently worked as a credit analyst at Springfield First Community Bank.

In his new role at Arvest, Harmon will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties.

"Jerrod brings a great deal of enthusiasm, passion for customer service and commercial knowledge with him,” Crain said. “We are excited to have him join the team.”

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