Elaine Gimblet Spends Retirement Years Giving Back – People Helping People Created by Arvest Bank

Friday, June 08 at 09:00 AM
Category: People Helping People

Elaine Gimblet, equine therapy volunteer, has two passions in life: being around horses and being around kids. She received her first pony at age 8; by age 11 she began teaching horseback riding lessons and continued this throughout high school and college. During her work years as a teacher, Elaine loved working hands-on with the students. After she retired, Elaine says she didn’t quite know what to do with herself until she saw an ad to be a leader for Hearts and Hooves.

 
“I knew that I wanted to be around horses, and this volunteer opportunity sounded good to me,” said Gimblet. “It’s a really good feeling that you’re making a difference, to know you’re helping is so rewarding.”

Stacy Alberson, occupational therapist, explains how the volunteer as a leader is especially important because their job directly affects their clients. Alberson says a typical session at the barn consists of a volunteer getting the horse ready – deciding what tack they need for the ride, and which horse would work best for the client and their needs for their individual movements.

“Elaine always greets the children with a smile and with their name, and that is so important,” said Alberson. “We may start the day with grooming, or introductions, and petting, or even just start by getting on and riding – but everything we do out here has a purpose.”

Alberson says Gimblet is very patient with the horses and the therapists, which allows their clients to also stay in a nice calm place, without having a reaction.

“That’s the key to being an amazing volunteer,” said Alberson. “She really understands the purpose of what she’s doing, why she’s doing it, and truly knowing the benefit behind it.”

Jeff Hearne, parent of Ethan, a Hearts and Hooves client, speaks to just how important it is to have a familiar face in the arena when the children come to do their therapy.

“Knowing that Ethan is familiar with the people who he comes out here with really helps him progress with his therapies,” said Hearne. “Elaine has been leading Ethan for quite some time. It makes me feel good, knowing that there are people who are caring, and who want to do this.”

The MarCom Award-winning videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Gimblet's video launched on June 8. 

The MarCom Award-winning videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Gimblet’s video launched on June 8.

Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

 

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