Terry Hartwick Provides Inclusive Playground for Special Needs Children - People Helping People

Friday, March 30 at 09:00 AM
Category: People Helping People

Terry Hartwick set out to serve his community by providing a safe, all-inclusive place for park-goers of all ages and abilities to play together. 

“Everybody should be able to play on playgrounds,” Hartwick said. “No matter what their capacity, it’s for all people.”

Terry Hartwick is the 30th person and 14th Arkansan to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference. The idea came from the bank’s mission statement: “People helping people find financial solutions for life.” 

When he first began the project for the One Hart Playground, Hartwick admits he was a novice. He relied on parents who had the desire to do something special within the community. 

“I just knew I could raise the money and put it together,” Hartwick said. “It was a community effort. The biggest thing was the individuals.” 

Inside the park a sign is displayed with hundreds of donor names on it. 

“It’s a special park, it really is. There’s all kids playing on it, and it’s easy for parents and grandparents to bring their kids because it’s enclosed. It takes care of everybody, no matter what their capacity.” 

Amber Havens, therapeutic recreation coordinator, said before the One Heart Playground opened, an entire community of people were not being served. 

“Families have been lobbying for this type of park for a long time,” Havens said. “It took somebody like Terry to make that heart connection and really push through on the business side. He’s a bit of a bulldog when he gets something he’s passionate about.”

Ruth Eyres, a North Little Rock parent, says her daughter has multiple disabilities, and in the past when they wanted to go to an all-inclusive park, it meant going out of town, because there was nothing near their house. 

“When we’ve gone to other playgrounds, my daughter would not try things like the slide or things that were elevated off the ground because it would have steps — she’s not as comfortable with steps,” Eyres said. 

Now at the One Heart Playground, children of all ages and abilities utilize the multi-functional playground equipment and sensory-engaging additions. Eyres says her daughter takes her fingers and runs down the different buttons to access the different types of music. 

“You’ll see the excitement when she finds the type of music that she likes most because she will just laugh and smile, and her whole face will light up from the joy of being here on the playground,” Eyres said. “Being all-inclusive, to me, means that it’s just a place where kids can play together and develop friendships.” 

“It was needed. We’ll keep moving forward and keep improving on it,” Hartwick said. “Is it life work? I do enjoy it – I will say that.” 

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. Hartwick’s video launched on March 30. 

About Arvest

 

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, 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.

Tags: Little Rock, People Helping People
 

Arvest Bank Adds Tuggle to Board of Directors

Friday, March 09 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Cathy Tuggle has joined its local board of directors in central Arkansas.

Tuggle has been the owner and principal broker at Apartment Hunters and Arkansas Suites for the past 19 years. She is currently the incoming Chairman of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and also active in the Rotary Club of Little Rock’s Club 99 Foundation and the Arkansas Apartment Association. Nationally, she is involved with Apartments Across America. 

“We couldn’t be more excited to add Cathy to our board,” said Jim Cargill, Arvest president and CEO in central Arkansas. “In addition to her business acumen, her many ties to our community and her commitment to service will be an invaluable asset for us here at Arvest. We look forward to having Cathy as part of our team.” 

Among other civic endeavors, she is a board member of Fifty for the Future in Little Rock, an organization of community leaders interested in maximizing community resources to create more economic opportunities. Tuggle is a member of the Arkansas Women’s Leadership Forum and the Institute of Real Estate Management- Arkansas. She is also involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and AR Kids Read. 

Tuggle and her husband, Paul, have one son. 

About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, 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. 

Tags: Little Rock
 

Arvest Bank Trust’s Whittaker Receives Industry Appointments

Thursday, February 15 at 03:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Wealth Management (AWM) is pleased to recognize Dennis J. Whittaker’s recent appointments involving the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the Southern Municipal Finance Society. 

Whittaker serves as senior vice president and fixed income portfolio manager for Arvest Bank Trust, a division of Arvest Bank. In that role, Whittaker manages the fixed income portfolios for a book of high-profile client accounts. Additionally, he directs the research function for securities that have credit risk for both client portfolios and the bank’s investment portfolio. 

Whittaker is based in Little Rock, but serves in a support role to AWM’s investment management group, which serves the entire Arvest footprint. He was recently appointed as: 

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Municipal Finance Society
  • The Chair of the Board of Directors of the Southern Municipal Finance Society
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts 

The Southern Municipal Finance Society is a constituent society of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts. The latter is a nonprofit industry association with the goals of: 

  • Promoting professionalism in municipal credit analysis,
  • Furthering the skill level of its members through educational programs and industry communication, providing a platform by which analysts can exchange information,
  • Advocating, when appropriate, issues of importance to the municipal finance industry, and
  • Facilitating the flow of information among market participants, especially in terms of better issuer disclosure 

“This is a testament to the knowledge, insight and expertise that Dennis brings to the municipal finance industry,” Arvest Bank Trust president and CEO Donny Rogers said. “We are thrilled to congratulate him on these significant industry achievements.” 

Whittaker, a Chartered Financial Analyst®, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Arkansas. He also is a member of the Fixed Income Analysts Society. 

Tags: Associates, Little Rock
 

Louise Allison Lights New Paths for Survivors - People Helping People Series

Tuesday, November 28 at 02:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Nov. 24, 2017 – It would have been understandable if Louise Allison was satisfied with surviving and overcoming a period of time most can’t fathom.

“I'm a survivor of sexual assault and sex trafficking,” Allison said. “It happened to me when I was a kid. I was on the streets for about two years in the sex industry.”

More than two decades after being rescued from that horror – and some would say miraculously rebuilding her life – Allison came to a realization she couldn’t shake.

“I think I hid from that darkness and hid from that secret for years, and as an adult when I began to recognize or come to grips with the things that had happened to me when I was younger,” Allison said, “I also realized I was not the only one out there. It's still going on… There's a lot of people that need help.”

That’s how Allison came to leave a career in nursing administration to form Partners Against Trafficking Humans* (PATH).

“We are no longer victims of sexual assault. We are no longer victims of sex trafficking,” Allison said. “We are survivors."

“And that surviving helps another girl realize that you can get past this and you, too, can become a survivor.”

Allison is the 26th person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference. The idea came from the bank’s mission statement: “People helping people find financial solutions for life.”

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. Allison’s video will launch on Nov. 24.

Part of PATH’s mission is to advocate on behalf of those victimized by sex-trafficking and provide them trauma-focused restorative care. Allison’s video gives a glimpse of not just how she has impacted many survivors, but how some of those survivors have been inspired to help others as well. Those who want to learn more are encouraged to visit pathsaves.org.

About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 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.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Little Rock, People Helping People
 

Local Retiree Shows a Heart for the Homeless - People Helping People Series

Friday, September 08 at 04:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

There’s one thing people need to know about Johnette Weiss.

“She’s a very strong-willed woman,” her friend, Robert Peoples, said with a laugh. “She wants something done, she’ll get it done.”

Weiss’ strong will has served her well over her 75 years. Visually impaired most of her life, Weiss spent 40 years working as an instructor at World Services for the Blind. Now retired, she channels her energy and determination into making hygiene kits for the homeless “because everybody needs some deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, just anything to make us more presentable. It makes a person feel good about himself or herself if they're clean.”

Weiss is the 21st person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference.

Weiss’ desire to help others was ingrained early. She grew up on a farm and remembers her mother, Ann Bartholomew, sharing extra milk, eggs and vegetables with a nearby neighbor in need. Weiss said her mother didn’t have extra money to give the neighbor, so she helped the only way she could.

“It made an impression on me as a little girl and now I want to help some, too,” she said.

That experience has shaped her approach to life over the years. "My philosophy in life is if each person can make a little bit of difference, can make life a little bit better for someone, then we’ve done something good.”

Weiss has been retired for about 10 years, and has been preparing the hygiene kits for about eight years. One of the challenges she faces when she is assembling the kits is to keep the items separated. She uses braille lables to help her with the task.

“I see the need for the homeless because just about every time you go shopping you're going to see someone that's asking for some help,” Weiss said. “I can't help every one of those people, but I can put together those hygiene kits, and I take them to the shelter that passes them out. They see those people that need that specific help, and they can use those kits to make that person's life just a little bit better.

“It makes me feel good to know I'm helping others because it just makes me feel that I'm being the kind of person I ought to be.”

Watch* Weiss tell her story of helping others. Keep an eye on our social media channels for videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Little Rock, People Helping People

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