The Arvest Foundation recently announced donations totaling $19,500 to nonprofit organizations in Jonesboro, Ark. The organizations receiving grants all work to improve the quality of life for children and adults.

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“The Arvest Foundation seeks to provide funding for organizations in our local community that make a profound impact on the lives of the people that live here,” said Kevin Hufstedler, community bank president for Arvest in Northeast Arkansas. “We’re excited about the organizations receiving these grants and the outcome these funds will have on their ongoing and future projects.”

“We are grateful the Arvest Foundation continues to be a strong community partner as we begin our campaign season,” said Nanette Heard, United Way of Northeast Arkansas executive director. “Arvest Foundation’s financial gift will help many working individuals and/or families that struggle to make it to the end of the month. Becoming known as ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed), their income is above the federal poverty line but below the basic cost of living.”

The following organizations were recipients:

 Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF)
These funds will be used to support scholarships in the Craighead County area for single parents who are balancing going to school and taking care of their children. Founded in 1990, the ASPSF boasts unprecedented results, with 90 percent of recipients staying in school or completing their program, according to the organization’s website. More information is available at:

CityYouth Ministries, Inc.
These funds will contribute to CityYouth’s organizational mission and will support the ministry’s ongoing programs for children in the community. Serving Jonesboro since 1999, CityYouth offers academic tutoring and homework to students in grades 1-9, along with extra-curricular activities such as tennis lessons, yoga and Zumba. More information available at:

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the 2nd Judicial District
This donation will support CASA’s ongoing efforts in the 2nd Judicial District. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, CASA’s vision is to ensure that every abused and neglected child has a voice in court. The organization accomplishes this by recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers who serve as child advocates for children in foster care. More information is available at:

United Way of Northeast Arkansas
This donation will help fund United Way’s ongoing efforts to support the community in Northeast Arkansas by focusing on the areas of education, income and health. More information is available at: