Bergman Elementary Students Hold Jeans/ Hat Week to Help Arvest Reduce Hunger

Wednesday, May 23 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Students at Bergman Elementary School recently collected enough cash donations through a jeans and hat week to provide 2,175 meals to Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization.


Students were given the option to pay to wear a hat during a one-week period and teachers were given the option to pay to wear jeans during the same week. 

The fundraiser was held in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign, an initiative to collect non-perishable food or monetary donations to reduce hunger in the 120 communities the bank serves. Arvest teams up with local food partners in the community so every donation stays local.

The 1 Million Meals campaign continues through June 2. Donations may be dropped off at any Arvest Bank location, or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner. Arvest customers may donate through their Arvest GO mobile banking app. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, 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.

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Lincoln Childcare Receives Arvest Foundation

Friday, May 18 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Lincoln Childcare will be able to make the much needed capital improvements to their facility thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.


The gift was announced today at Lincoln Childcare in Fort Smith.   Sina Oden, Branch Administrator for Arvest Bank in the Fort Smith Region was on hand to present the check.

The Arvest Foundation donation to Lincoln Childcare comes at the perfect time to help the center make facility improvements to better serve this clients.

“The Arvest Foundation’s generosity will allow us to continue our mission of providing a loving, safe, and healthy learning environment for our children” said Jennifer Rudder, Executive Director of Lincoln Childcare Center. “This grant will help fill the gap in expenses so we can continue to provide quality childcare and preschool to low income families at an affordable rate.”

We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support Lincoln Childcare capital improvement needs at their facility said Sina Oden. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to organizations in our community that are making in a difference.

About the Arvest Foundation

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. For more information, go to arvestfoundation.org

                                                            

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Arvest Foundation Contributes to Kiwanis Club of Bartlesville

Friday, May 11 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Sooner Junior Miniature Golf will be receiving much-needed updates and improvements thanks to a $2,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation.


The gift was announced at the Downtown Kiwanis Club meeting in Bartlesville. Annah Fischer of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The funds will help the Kiwanis Club install new turf and make various improvements at the Sooner Junior course.

“Sooner Junior has been a staple in family entertainment for over 30 years,” said Rachelle Wilson, president-elect, Kiwanis Club of Bartlesville. “Thanks to the Arvest Foundation, we can continue to maintain and improve this wonderful community facility.”

“The Kiwanis Club of Bartlesville is extremely grateful for our continued partnership with Arvest. The generous donation from the Arvest Foundation for the Sooner Junior Miniature Golf Course is just another examples of Arvest’s commitment to our community,” said Nathan Thompson, president, Kiwanis Club of Bartlesville.

Sooner Junior opened for its 2018 season on April 28. The course features 18 holes, and the funds raised from the course go to supporting local Kiwanis projects such as Kids Fishing Derby, scholarships and more.

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation,” said Fischer, marketing manager, Arvest Bank. “Sooner Junior truly is a gem in our community. This donation is just one of the many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our community.”

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Arvest Bank “Feed the Pack Day” Collects Record Donations

Monday, May 07 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank’s one-day donation blitz to help reduce food insecurity in North Central Arkansas resulted in a record number of donations to the third annual campaign.  


Volunteers in Mountain Home, Yellville, Flippin and Gassville collected $20,275 from residents in those communities. Those donations will provide 101,375 meals to local children facing food insecurity. For eleven hours on April 27, dozens of volunteers took shifts collecting donations at intersections and in front of participating stores.

All of the donations benefit the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program, as well as backpack programs managed by other hunger relief organizations in the area. Through backpack programs, school children who face food insecurity are sent home with supplemental food on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to school meal programs and when they likely would not receive enough to eat at home.

“The generosity of our friends and neighbors in these communities is always encouraging and humbling, and are incredibly grateful to everyone who contributed to Feed the Pack this year,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “This is how we make a difference in our community and, most importantly, for the several hundred children who will receive the food these donations will provide, instead of being hungry. We certainly could not have reached this record number of donations without our wonderful volunteers for them, we are very grateful.”

Area schools and businesses also held change drives, give back nights and other events to help collect donations to Feed the Pack in advance of the event. For every one-dollar donation, hunger relief organizations are able to provide five meals to those in need.

“One-third of children in our area face food insecurity, so there is a very large and widespread need,” said Jeff Quick, chief executive officer of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. “We see an increased need during the summer months so Feed the Pack will help all of the agencies in our area who provide a backpack program, support these children for months to come.”

Since creating Feed the Pack Day in 2016, Arvest Bank has now collected more than $57,250 in donations, which translates to a donation of more than 286,250 meals that were donated to local backpack programs.

Feed the Pack Day is one of several community events that are held in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th annual 1 Million Meals campaign that challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves. The initiative is needed, as the United States Department of Agriculture reports more than 12 percent of American households surveyed in 2015 were food insecure.

The goal of the two-month, bank-wide effort is to collect enough food or monetary donations to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families. Donations to Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaign may be dropped off at any Arvest Bank location by June 2 or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner, and customers who use the Arvest Go mobile banking app may contribute through the app on their smartphone. 

 

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Arvest Bank Cookout in Flippin Provides 3,250 Meals for Food Bank

Monday, May 07 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank associates in Flippin recently held a fundraiser cookout for Sematronix in an effort to reduce hunger in North Central Arkansas.


Arvest associates cooked hamburgers and hot dogs and provided side items for the employees. Sematronix provided a donation in exchange for the meals. The group raised more than $650, which will provide more than 3,250 meals to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ Backpack Program, as well as other backpack programs in the area. 

“We are very appreciative to the employees at Sematronix who participated in our cookout,” said Tiffany Watkins, assistant vice president and marketing director for Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “This is a great example of how a business can support the needs our local community. The donations from this one day are a great benefit to so many in our community who face food insecurity.” 

For every dollar that is donated, the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas can provide five meals to those in need. 

The cookout was held in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign, which continues through June 2. The campaign challenges associates, customers and the community to donate nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location in the 120 communities the bank serves. Each community supports a local food partner, so every local donation stays local.

Donations can also be made by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner. Arvest customers can also donate through the Arvest GO mobile banking app on their smartphone. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

To learn more, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.   

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