Arvest Bank in Northeast Arkansas announced an end-of-year donation of $10,000 to the United Way of Northeast Arkansas. The gift is in recognition and appreciation of the bank’s customers in the region.

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The United Way helps fund numerous programs across Northeast Arkansas, the majority of which focus on education, financial stability and health. The donation will be used to help fund many of these programs during the first quarter of 2021. Nonprofits administering these programs include the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, Cherry Valley Food Pantry, Helping Neighbors Food Pantry, City Youth, Mission Outreach, El Centro Hispano and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), among others.

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“This gift comes at a time when we are working to meet an increased need in every way that we work to serve our community,” said Nanette Heard, executive director of the United Way of Northeast Arkansas. “A decline in charitable giving has been a challenge for many nonprofit organizations this year, so we are very grateful to Arvest for their continued support as a community partner. This donation will be a blessing to many people in the coming months.”

“The leadership and volunteers of our local United Way chapter continue to identify, address and meet the various needs of so many people in our area, and we know they will maximize this gift to the best of their ability,” said Kevin Hufstedler, community bank president of Arvest Bank in Northeast Arkansas and board member of the United Way of Northeast Arkansas. “During times that continue to be challenging for everyone, in one way or another, we present this gift in appreciation of our customers as we welcome a new year. 2020 provided a lot of challenges and we are thankful for the trust our customers have in Arvest, as their financial institution and as an investor in the community.”

Some of the United Way’s own programs promote literacy among children, provide school supplies, assist with financial education and tax filing, advocate for quality and affordable health services and provide assistance during disaster recovery.

For additional information on the United Way, its programs or how to volunteer, visit www.uwnea.org.