Ozark Share and Care – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Tuesday, September 16 at 06:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

In 1987, Ozark Share and Care was started by several local churches to provide a central place to distribute nourishing food for families. Before that, people in need of assistance would go from church to church requesting help.

The organization started out two mornings a week in a small house in Harrison, Ark., and was run by church volunteers who distributed donated food. Now Share and Care provides food for more than 700 households a month from food and monetary donations.

Ozark Share and Care helps with rent, utilities, prescription medicines and many other things needed in emergency situations in addition to providing food. In 2012, it spent approximately $65,000 assisting with emergency requests. The organization also helps with clothing, household items and furniture, as it’s available in the store.

Though it primarily serves Boone County with food, it won’t turn anyone away when food, clothing or household items are needed. When helping with rent, utilities, etc., Ozark Share and Care focuses on Boone County residents and requires clients to bring proof of income and identification for each household member. For out-of-county requests, it refers applicants to programs in their own area, if possible. In coordination with the local Rotary Club, Share and Care operates a free dental clinic and provides $300 per month to help maintain the program.

Ozark Share and Care is unique because it doesn’t receive public funds, United Way or government grants. Instead, it sells new and donated items in its thrift store to provide funding for its program. It also receives private donations as well as corporate grants and donations. To function smoothly, the organization employs four full-time staff, two part-time staff and utilizes more than 2,300 volunteers. To volunteer, drop by the thrift store and pick up an application. For additional information, contact the organization at (870) 741-3130 or email sharencare72601@yahoo.com.
 
To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

You can make a donation through any of the following methods:

  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, PO Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Purchase a Paper Can – Purchase a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any Arvest Bank branch. Each paper can purchased funds five meals. Donations of larger amounts also accepted.
  • Drop Off Food Items – All Arvest Bank branch locations will be accepting nonperishable food items. Donated items will be delivered to local food partners for distribution.

Arvest will donate on your behalf if you:

  • “Like” or "Share" a 1 Million Meals post on Arvest’s Facebook page.* Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf for every Facebook "like" or "share," resulting in five more meals toward the overall goal of one million meals.
  • "Follow" Arvest on Pinterest. If you follow Arvest Bank on Pinterest,* then Arvest will donate $1, which equals five meals, on your behalf.
  • "Retweet" our 1 Million Meals tweets from @ArvestBank* on designated promotion days – Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. For every retweet on those days, we’ll donate $1, or five meals, to your neighbors in need.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas
 

Samaritan Outreach Center – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Tuesday, September 16 at 04:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

In the late 1980s the need for shelter in West Plains, Mo., had increased to a point of concern for many community leaders. At the time, the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, the Ministerial Alliance, the Ozark Community Action Agency and other community representatives met to discuss their common concern -- shelter for the homeless. They decided it would be more cost-effective to have a permanent structure to shelter the homeless rather than systems which were unable to meet the community needs. 

After extensive research, funding was gathered from multiple sources and a site was secured. Samaritan Outreach Center was originally a two-story house with 16 beds. Today it has more than 36 beds, which includes a family unit, in their facility at 715 Missouri Ave., West Plains, Mo. The facility is managed by two full-time employees and six volunteers. The Samaritan Outreach Center provides food, shelter and clothing to the homeless. 

Samaritan Outreach Center serves a seven-county area with its outreach programs including Howell, Ozark, Oregon, Shannon, Wright, Texas and Douglas counties in Missouri. In addition, its shelter has housed residential clients from nearly every state in the United States. What makes the shelter unique is it is the only one in a 100-mile radius that allows males, females and children in one facility.  It also is the only local soup kitchen operating three times a day, seven days a week. The Samaritan Outreach Center is pleased to be a 1 Million Meals partner again this year.
 
To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

You can make a donation through any of the following methods:

  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, PO Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Purchase a Paper Can – Purchase a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any Arvest Bank branch. Each paper can purchased funds five meals. Donations of larger amounts also accepted.
  • Drop Off Food Items – All Arvest Bank branch locations will be accepting nonperishable food items. Donated items will be delivered to local food partners for distribution.

Arvest will donate on your behalf if you:

  • “Like” or "Share" a 1 Million Meals post on Arvest’s Facebook page.* Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf for every Facebook "like" or "share," resulting in five more meals toward the overall goal of one million meals.
  • "Follow" Arvest on Pinterest. If you follow Arvest Bank on Pinterest,* then Arvest will donate $1, which equals five meals, on your behalf.
  • "Retweet" our 1 Million Meals tweets from @ArvestBank* on designated promotion days – Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. For every retweet on those days, we’ll donate $1, or five meals, to your neighbors in need.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas
 

Food Bank of North Central Arkansas – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Tuesday, September 16 at 02:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

In 1982, a devastating flood crippled the Norfork, Ark., area, and thousands were displaced and in need of emergency food and shelter. To meet the immediate need, Alice and Hubert Ayers established a soup kitchen out of their home in Norfork, and with the help of many volunteers and the Salvation Army, they served flood victims and rescue workers to help get them through the trying time. In 1985, the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas* was officially formed under the sponsorship of the Norfork United Methodist Church and operated as a Subsidiary Distribution Organization.

The food bank collects, catalogs, warehouses and distributes food/grocery products. The items go to independent agencies such as community food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, children's weekend meal programs and other special programs. The food bank and the 77 nonprofit organizations work together to distribute food to more than 26,000 people annually in Baxter, Boone, Fulton, Izard, Marion, Newton, Searcy, Sharp and Stone counties in Arkansas.

The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas is located at 14215 Highway 5 S., Norfork, Ark. To learn more about the food bank, visit it online.*

To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

You can make a donation through any of the following methods:

  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, PO Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Purchase a Paper Can – Purchase a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any Arvest Bank branch. Each paper can purchased funds five meals. Donations of larger amounts also accepted.
  • Drop Off Food Items – All Arvest Bank branch locations will be accepting nonperishable food items. Donated items will be delivered to local food partners for distribution.

Arvest will donate on your behalf if you:

  • “Like” or "Share" a 1 Million Meals post on Arvest’s Facebook page.* Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf for every Facebook "like" or "share," resulting in five more meals toward the overall goal of one million meals.
  • "Follow" Arvest on Pinterest. If you follow Arvest Bank on Pinterest,* then Arvest will donate $1, which equals five meals, on your behalf.
  • "Retweet" our 1 Million Meals tweets from @ArvestBank* on designated promotion days – Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. For every retweet on those days, we’ll donate $1, or five meals, to your neighbors in need.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas
 

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Monday, September 15 at 05:20 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

At its core, the purpose of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is to provide food for all Oklahomans in need. The nonprofit serves hungry seniors, families and children in Oklahoma through a variety of programs including food pantries, senior centers, children’s programs and more.

The Regional Food Bank distributed nearly 48 million pounds of food last year through a network of more than 1,000 partner agencies and schools throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 people each week – one-third of them are children. Since its inception in 1980, the nonprofit has distributed more than 536 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

To learn more about the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, visit them online,* on Facebook* or on Twitter.*
 
To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

You can make a donation through any of the following methods:

  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, PO Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Purchase a Paper Can – Purchase a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any Arvest Bank branch. Each paper can purchased funds five meals. Donations of larger amounts also accepted.
  • Drop Off Food Items – All Arvest Bank branch locations will be accepting nonperishable food items. Donated items will be delivered to local food partners for distribution.

Arvest will donate on your behalf if you:

  • “Like” or "Share" a 1 Million Meals post on Arvest’s Facebook page.* Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf for every Facebook "like" or "share," resulting in five more meals toward the overall goal of one million meals.
  • "Follow" Arvest on Pinterest. If you follow Arvest Bank on Pinterest,* then Arvest will donate $1, which equals five meals, on your behalf.
  • "Retweet" our 1 Million Meals tweets from @ArvestBank* on designated promotion days – Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. For every retweet on those days, we’ll donate $1, or five meals, to your neighbors in need.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Oklahoma
 

Get to Know the Basics of the NFL

Friday, September 12 at 11:35 AM
Category: Arvest News

That time of year is upon us once again — the kickoff of the 2014-2015 National Football League (NFL) season. For passionate NFL fans that means spending Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays doing what they do best — spending hours cheering in front of the television. For loved ones and friends of NFL fanatics, particularly those who do not understand the game, it can be a very long and lonely season.

Of course, there is a simple solution to this problem — get in the game. By learning a little more about football, you too can become a fan and share a passion with your football crazed loved one. But before you sit down and watch, it's important you know these basics about the game.

The Teams:
There are 32 NFL teams who play 16 regular season games. The teams are divided into two categories -- the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC).

The Stakes:
In the playoffs, the top six teams in each conference face off in sudden-death games. The final team standing in each conference then competes in the big championship game (Super Bowl) scheduled in February.

The Field:
NFL games are played on a 100-yard field, which has an end zone at each end and a goal post. Sold lines are drawn on every five yards of the field and hash marks or small lines are placed at every yard. The line where the playing field and end zone meet is called the "goal line."

The Team Make Up:
Each team is made up of three different playing groups: offense, defense, and special teams, which include the kicking teams.

The Downs:

  • A team's offense, which has the ball, is awarded four downs or plays to advance a minimum of 10 yards.
  • If a team's offense is able to advance at least 10 yards, they have achieved a "first down" and are then given a new set of four downs.
  • If they don't advance 10 yards, the other team will get possession of the ball.

The Scoring:
There are several ways a team can score points:

  • They can score a touchdown by crossing the goal line in the opposition's end zone. A touch down is worth six points.
  • The team that scores a touchdown is automatically given the opportunity to add either one or two additional points to the touchdown. They can attempt to kick a field goal through the opponent's goal post and earn one point. Or they can "go for the extra point" (two points) by running or passing the ball over the opponent's goal line. For extra point attempts, the ball is placed at the two-yard line.
  • Teams can also score three points by kicking a field goal through the opponent's goal post.
  • Lastly, a defense can score two points for their team by tackling an opposing offensive player in that player's own end zone. This is called a "safety."

Get in the game today!
These are just a few of the basics of the game. For more information, visit the National Football League's website at nfl.com.*

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

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