El Chico to Hold Give Back Night

Thursday, April 19 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

El Chico restaurant in Mountain Home is holding a give back night to help reduce food insecurity in the community. On Tuesday, April 24 from 5-9p.m., El Chico will donate 10 percent of the total meal sales that are purchased to Arvest Bank’s Feed the Pack initiative. 

Feed the Pack is a one-day donation drive in the communities of Mountain Home, Gassville, Flippin and Yellville that raises money for the Food Back of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program, as well as other local backpack programs from other hunger relief organizations in the area. Backpack programs provide supplemental snacks for children on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to school meal programs and face food insecurity at home.

Arvest Bank created Feed the Pack Day in 2016 and has collected $35,000 during the past two fundraising drives, equating to 175,000 meals for local children who are supported by backpack programs.

“This is a great opportunity for our community to have dinner together and support a very important cause at the same time,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “Any of us could face food insecurity, at any time, so I hope we can come together to support the hundreds of children who benefit from these programs, and that we keep donations top of mind throughout the year.”

In order for 10 percent of the meal ticket to be contributed to the Feed the Pack initiative, customers must present a voucher from Arvest Bank. Vouchers may be picked up at any Arvest Bank location in Mountain Home. El Chico is located at 45 Charles Blackburn Drive in Mountain Home.

Feed the Pack Day is one of several grassroots projects that is held in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign that collects nonperishable food items and monetary donations in support of hunger relief efforts across the four-state territory Arvest serves. All donations made in Mountain Home remain local to support the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program and the various hunger relief organizations it supports through other backpack programs.

Mountain Home residents can participate in 1 Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank branch 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. 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.

Tags: Arvest, Mountain Home

Arvest Bank Community Garden: Planting Urban Roots

Thursday, April 19 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Tucked next to the Arvest Bank on Blue Ridge Blvd in Kansas City, Mo. is a local community garden where Arvest associates work together to create community involvement and empowerment. This urban oasis can be a sigh of relief from the hustle and bustle of everyday life – for both the green thumbed volunteers who till the soil and those who reap the harvest.

The seed for these twelve raised beds was planted in 2014 when we recognized a need for proper access to nutrition and food in the community. Residents in the area have the opportunity to rent a bed, giving access to fresh fruit and vegetables in a community with little green space for growing.

With each season, Arvest is able to harvest an abundant amount of sweet potatoes and tomatoes of which is donated to Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP). Their emergency food pantry strives to provide each family enough food to last two to three weeks. Arvest is proud to partner with REAP to help them meet this need.

Our volunteers have experienced many successful harvest seasons and anticipate this year being no different. This dedicated team of Arvest associates will soon begin preparing for the upcoming growing season.

Have a green thumb? Are you interested in getting involved in a local community garden? Contact us at 913-261-2265 to learn more!

Tags: Kansas City, Missouri

Arvest Bank in Lead Hill Hosts Father/Daughter Dance & Fundraiser

Wednesday, April 18 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Associates at the Arvest Bank branch in Lead Hill will host a father/daughter dance on April 28 from 4-6p.m. in the Lead Hill School cafeteria located at 6966 Milum Road. The event is an opportunity for dads and daughters to spend quality time together, but also is a fundraiser for Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign that works to reduce food insecurity in the more than 120 communities Arvest serves.

“Children often want to give back to their community, but often they don’t know how they can help,” said Tiffany Watkins, assistant vice president and marketing director for Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “This dance is focused on quality time for dads and their daughters, and it presents a great opportunity to help other children in our area, and teach about community service as well.”

Tickets to the father/ daughter dance may be purchased at the Arvest Bank branch in Lead Hill located at 167 W. Hwy. 14, or at the dance. Tickets are $10. Light refreshments will be served at the event.

The 1 Million Meals campaign 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 Arkansas ranks 5th among the most food-insecure states in the nation, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Lead Hill residents can participate in 1 Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at Arvest Bank 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. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

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

For questions or additional information on the father/daughter dance, call (870) 449-7260.


About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, 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.


Tags: 1 Million Meals, North Central Arkansas

10 Home Office Must Haves

Monday, April 16 at 02:00 PM
Category: Personal Finance

More and more U.S. workers are replacing their commutes for remote and flexible work environments these days.

In fact, telecommuting has grown 115 percent in the past decade, according to data from Global Workplace Analytics.* That increase has been due, at least in part, to the millennial generation. They have opted for telecommuting positions in order to achieve a healthy work-life balance, Forbes reports.*

There are many benefits of working from home, including reduced commuter costs and increased productivity.

If you're considering working from home, here are a few office staples you will need to ensure maximum success—and productivity:

  1. A dedicated work area. If possible, designate a separate room in your home, such as a spare bedroom or bonus room over your garage as your home office. This will ensure you have the quiet and privacy you need to work. It's also a good way to separate your workspace from your living space.

  2. A desk. Have a desk or a flat surface where you can place your computer and any paperwork. Today, office supply and furniture stores offer a range of desk types, including stand-up desks, which provide a healthier alternative to sitting all day.

  3. A good computer. If your company doesn't provide you with a computer, invest in a reliable one. You may want to consider purchasing a laptop, which will allow you to easily transport your work as needed.

  4. A printer. Consider investing in an all-in-one printer that will allow you to scan, fax, copy and print and help you save space.

  5. Internet access. For maximum productivity, be sure to get high speed Internet access.

  6. Filing/storage space. Consider purchasing a file cabinet to store important files or purchase baskets to store files under your desk.

  7. Good lighting. Make sure your work area gets proper light. If not, use a desk lamp.
  8. Surge protectors. Protect your work and computer from power outages.

  9. Document shredder. To ensure the confidentiality of your work, be sure to purchase a shredder and regularly shred important documents.

  10. A work-from-home wardrobe. Your wardrobe has an affect on the way you work and interact with your remote colleagues. Consider clothes that make you feel confident and ready for the day.

A well set-up office can go a long way in ensuring you remain productive, and effectively leverage the advantages of working from home.

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Tags: Financial Education

Arvest Bank Announces Johnston Hiring

Monday, April 16 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

 Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Chandler Johnston as a regional branch sales manager in Springfield.

Johnson brings 14 years of experience in sales, networking and business development for both corporate and retail customers to Arvest. In her new role, she will manage the activities of the Arvest branches on Fremont Avenue and Republic Road.

“We are confident that Chandler will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to our Arvest family,” Arvest branch administrator Mindy Thompson said.

Johnston, who lives in Nixa, earned an associate degree at Ozarks Technical Community College and bachelor’s degree in business administration at Drury University. Among other civic endeavors, she is the City of Nixa Public Building Corporation Commissioner and an active member of both the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce and Masterminds of Biz professional networking group.

Tags: Arkansas, Springfield

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