The CALL’s efforts to serve foster children in Crawford and Sebastian counties has received a boost in the form a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

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The gift was announced recently when Arvest Bank branch sales manager Chris Barnes and commercial banker Daniel Skipper presented a check to The CALL staff members Emily Treadaway and Tiffaney Wear.

In addition to helping provide for some of the day-to-day needs of families who visit the The CALL’s support center, the Arvest Foundation grant will be used for new computer and office equipment, as well as training opportunities for staff. The CALL provides no-cost services to children and youth placed in foster care and its mission is to have no waiting children in foster care in Arkansas.

“We are so thankful to the Arvest Foundation for providing this grant for us,” Treadaway said, “We are one of the largest and busiest affiliates of The CALL in the state of Arkansas and this grant will go a long way in helping us meet the needs of the growing number of foster families and the many biological families that visit here. By expanding our capabilities, we’ve given our students and teachers an even greater avenue for success.”

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.

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to show our support of The CALL and the work they do with local foster families and children and youth in foster care in Crawford and Sebastian counties,” Skipper said. “This donation will allow The CALL to have the tools needed to expand and to develop their associates.”