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Kiwanis Club learns about Farmer’s Foundaion

By John Miller, 03/31/22 6:35 PM

PRESCOTT – Elizabeth Anderson, senior vice president of Farmer’s Bank and executive director of the Farmer’s Foundation, spoke to the Prescott Kiwanis Club Thursday afternoon about the foundation.

Anderson, a fifth-generation member of Farmer’s, said the bank has grown from a single location 40-years ago to having more than 40 branches in three states, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. As foundation director, her job is to make sure the bank stays focused on family and community. Anderson said families don’t just mean those related by blood, but can be those in communities and organizations.

The foundation, she continued, supports school districts, nonprofit groups and municipalities, working to improve live and better their communities. The idea is to create partnerships and make a bigger impact. It’s important to Farmers to be involved with civic organizations and the community. The bank, she added, encourages and supports its employees to be involved in their communities and civic groups.

“The bank is honored to be part of this community,” she said, “and we’ll support it any way we can. We want to make Prescott a better place to live.”

At this time, she continued, the foundation is working on several projects. It recently raised more than $100,000 for the Arkansas State Police Foundation. It provides scholarships to area colleges and universities in the state. The idea being to keep students in the state and not send the money and students elsewhere.

Anderson pointed out the Farmer’s Foundation is only a year old.

Club President Fred Harris recognized members of the Key Club, saying Kiwanis is focused on children. He thanked Farmer’s for donating $4,000 to help finish a barn for the Organization for Youth Education in Agriculture (OYEA).

Bonnie Pruitt, a club member and employee at the Prescott branch of Farmer’s, talked about sending Anderson an email asking for help as the club does an annual cleanup. Anderson responded and the club was presented with several trash grabbers.