Operation Christmas Child Boxes Available in North Central Arkansas

Monday, October 24 at 06:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank and North Central Arkansas Operation Christmas Child have teamed together to provide empty shoeboxes for anyone packing a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. The goal of this project is to provide gifts for children impacted by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease.   

Shoeboxes are available at Arvest Bank branches in Mountain Home, Harrison and Yellville, Ark. Once filled, drop the shoebox off Nov. 14-21 at a local drop off center. To find the drop off center nearest you, go to Samaritan's Purse*, click “Drop-Off Locations” and enter your zip code.

For more information about North Central Arkansas Operation Christmas Child, contact Jerry Strobel, area director for OCC, at (870) 404-7115. 

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.
Tags: Arkansas, Charitable Giving, North Central Arkansas

Arvest Bank Adds Another 2016 Honor

Friday, October 21 at 01:15 PM
Category: Arvest News

MyBankTracker.com named* Arvest the “Best Southern Customer-Focused Bank” as part of its 2016 regional bank awards.

LOWELL, Ark. – Arvest Bank is ending 2016 the same way it began the year – by gratefully accepting industry recognition for excellence.

The most recent accolade comes from MyBankTracker.com, which named Arvest the “Best Southern Customer-Focused Bank” as part of its 2016 regional bank awards. MyBankTracker.com gave Arvest an “A” rating, citing its extensive branch network, extended hours and high levels of transparency, among other factors.

The recognition from MyBankTracker.com follows a pair of honors Arvest received in January. The January issue of Consumer Reports magazine included a list of the top traditional banks in the nation, and Arvest came in at No. 8. The magazine polled more than 49,000 of its readers to gauge their satisfaction level with their bank and Arvest received a score of 87, only four points behind top-ranked Frost Bank.

Later that month, GOBankingRates included Arvest’s Free Blue™ checking account as one of the nation’s “10 Best Checking Accounts of 2016.” GOBankingRates, a consumer-focused website on personal finance, based its measurement criteria on annual percentage yield, minimum deposit, monthly maintenance fee, nonsufficient funds (NSF) fee and minimum balance required to avoid fees.

Arvest believes all of these honors demonstrate its model of great service, convenient hours and locations, superior products and cutting-edge technologies is well-received by customers.

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

Tags: Award, Press Release

Arvest Bank, Clay Maxey Ford Donate $29,500 to ParRTI

Friday, October 21 at 07:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Proceeds from Puttin' in Pink golf tournament in Harrison, Ark., support cancer patients.

HARRISON, Ark. – Representatives from Arvest Bank and Clay Maxey Ford in Harrison presented a donation in the amount of $29,500 to the Claude Parrish Radiation Therapy Institute (ParRTI) Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides the public with free cancer screenings and education, as well as housing, transportation and other needs to patients who are battling cancer. The donation consisted of money raised from the second annual Puttin’ in Pink golf tournament that was held at the Harrison Country Club in September.  

“We are extremely grateful for this donation. Every dollar will directly benefit patient support services, so this generous gift will be utilized by many families,” said Jon Burnside, director of services for the Claude Parrish Radiation Therapy Institute Foundation. 

“Any family who has experienced cancer personally, or with a loved one, knows how quickly their needs can multiply,” said Clay Maxey of Clay Maxey Ford. “We are honored to be part of such a worthwhile project that will touch the lives of so many people here in North Central Arkansas.” Clay Maxey Ford and Arvest Bank have co-sponsored the golf tournament the past two years. 

“The success of this tournament would not have been possible without community involvement, so we are very appreciative of our participants,” said Scott Tennyson, Market President for Arvest Bank in Harrison. “Cancer affects every family at some point, and we are fortunate to have access to the services that ParRTI provides.” 

ParRTI is staffed with a board certified radiation oncologist, a medical physicist, a dosimetrist, radiation therapists and nurses who provide medical and support services to patients in North Central Arkansas.  

Last year, Puttin’ in Pink raised more than $27,000 for the ParRTI Foundation.  

Tags: Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release

Morgan Foley Serves Homeless – People Helping People Series

Thursday, October 20 at 09:20 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

In many ways Morgan Foley is like a traditional high school senior. However, her efforts to help the poverty stricken in Oklahoma City make her stand out. While volunteering weekly at City Care, an organization to help those in poverty, Morgan knew she wanted to do more. With her recent “Huddle for Homeless” event, Morgan enlisted the help of her fellow students and community members. Read Morgan’s full story at The Oklahoman*.

Morgan Foley’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. 

Keep an eye on our social media channels for both videos and written stories highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves. 

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

Tags: Community Support, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, People Helping People

6 Ways to Save for Black Friday Shopping

Wednesday, October 19 at 10:25 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Believe it or not, but now’s the time to prepare for Black Friday shopping! If you’re worried your wish list is bigger than your wallet, consider these ideas to build your pile of shopping money.

  • Don’t order professional family photos. Although it’s tradition to get professional family photos taken in the fall to send out with Christmas cards, don’t be afraid to break the tradition. You don’t need to eliminate sending a family photo altogether. Instead, find a family picture at a fun family outing or vacation from earlier in the year. Your friends will appreciate seeing an action shot of what you’ve been up to during the year!
  • Cut out extra services. Do you typically hire someone to clean your house, rake your leaves, detail your car or walk your dog? Are you paying for a T.V. package you don’t fully utilize? Take a break from these services. If you find you miss them too much, then hire them back after the holidays when you have some extra cash.
  • Don’t buy Halloween candy. With all the school, church and community Halloween parties and fall festivals going on, save the candy your kids get at those activities and pass it out to the kids who visit your house. Your kids will go trick-or-treating Halloween night and still get a stash of sugar they can keep.
  • Use your slow cooker. Eating out may seem nice, but your home is probably cozier, especially when it smells like stew right when you walk in the door. Next bonus – when you get sleepy after your hot meal, you’re already home making it easier to settle in for the night.
  • Clean out closets and cupboards. Remove your old electronics, old clothes and other household goods you’re not using. Sell them on second-hand websites or at a local consignment shop.  
  • Use space heaters. Rather than heat the whole house, turn on a space heater in the room you’re physically in. Typically in the fall, the weather isn’t yet at freezing temperatures where the pipes are at a risk of freezing. However, the chill in the air may have you seeking for some warmth. Space heaters are a happy medium to keep you warm and keep your electric/gas bill at bay.
With a little bit of planning now, you’re preparing to seize those after-Thanksgiving deals with confidence!

Tags: Financial Education, Savings

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