Arvest Boosts Habitat for Humanity

Arvest Bank has stepped up for Habitat for Humanity in a big way.
Tulsa Habitat for Humanity announced Arvest Bank will contribute $250,000. Also, all of its 5,000 employees are focused on raising houses, awareness and additional dollars for Habitat efforts.
Arvest’s three-year, 13-house plan includes full construction of four homes and partial builds on nine others in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas.
“Arvest jumped in in a huge way,” says Paul Kent, deputy director, Tulsa Habitat for Humanity, adding, “This kind of initial partnership doesn’t happen often.”
Arvest also set a goal to raise an incremental $150,000 this summer through employee campaigns and in-branch paper brick sales. Customers can join Habitat for Humanity in building homes for families in need by purchasing paper bricks for $1 at any Arvest Bank location.
All of the funds raised through in-branch contributions directly benefit one of 21 local Habitat for Humanity Chapters located among the more than 200 Arvest branches in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.
“When I heard about Arvest inviting its customers and the community to help support Habitat’s work, I was stunned. This kind of partnership is a dream finally come true,” said Kent.
Arvest’s partnership with Habitat started when Arvest employee Tammy Kee took the idea to Arvest management.
“It just clicked with me,” said Kee, senior vice resident and spokesperson, Arvest Habitat for Humanity Campaign. “I know our bank’s core belief is financial solutions for life. How can you have a financial solution without a home? That’s what Habitat’s about. I think we’re a perfect fit.”
Arvest Bank, Tulsa, President and CEO Don Walker said, “Our associates are very excited about partnering with Habitat for Humanity and helping provide a local family with their own home.”
More than 200 Arvest associates will help build the house.
“I’m sure we’ll all have a greater appreciation for the construction industry when we are finished, proven by our blisters and sore muscles,” Walker said.
Construction on the first home will begin in Tulsa in June.

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