Arvest’s Hunger Initiative Provides 522,681 Meals to Date

Monday, May 02 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

 We're over halfway to our goal of raising 1 Million Meals for the local hungry by May 28.

On April 4, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of its sixth annual 1 Million Meals campaign, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing at least one million meals to those in need. The bank announced April 27 that the campaign has exceeded 500,000 meals, or halfway to its goal.

Arvest branches throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma have been participating in this initiative by collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations. These efforts will continue through May 28, with the intention of reaching one million meals donated to the local communities Arvest serves in time for summer, when many school children do not have access to meals they ordinarily receive at school and when many of our food partners face fundraising challenges.

Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families. Arvest has partnered with more than 65 organizations that will receive all of the nonperishable food and monetary donations made through May 28.

Anyone interested in supporting the 1 Million Meals campaign can drop off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any local Arvest branch or calling (866) 952-9523 to contribute.

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

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma
 

New Branch Opens in Downtown Oklahoma City

Monday, May 02 at 07:25 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We’re excited to announce the opening of our new branch located in downtown Oklahoma City. After a search for the perfect location, the branch opened its doors April 18 at 115 Park Ave. 

We believe this spot will better serve people downtown and be another convenient location where current and new Arvest customers can bank. There are over 25 Arvest branches in Oklahoma City in order to provide opportune locations for customers. 

“We’re excited about the new location,” said Brenda Gauntt, SVP marketing manager. “We like being in the center of Oklahoma City and know it will provide more visibility for the bank!”

The 2,476-square-foot building is a great size for the new branch. According to Oklahoma County records, the building was constructed in 1920. A historic building, there are interior brick walls that have been there for over 100 years! 

Sammetra Christmon, SVP branch administrator, and Tracy Hamrick, branch manager, alongside their team, are looking forward to serving customers with the quality service that is expected at Arvest.

We invite you to visit our new location and join us for an open house on May 5, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. We hope you will drop by, meet our friendly staff and let us assist you!

Tags: Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
 

Arvest Bank Tops J.D. Power Satisfaction Study

Friday, April 29 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest recognized as best in class by J.D. Power for seventh consecutive year in the Southwest Region.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arvest Bank again ranks highest among its peers in satisfaction with retail banking in the Southwest Region. That’s according to the J.D. Power 2016 Retail Banking Satisfaction StudySM, released today.

This marks the seventh consecutive year Arvest has been recognized as best in class in the Southwest Region. The 2016 J.D. Power study was conducted with more than 5,000 customers throughout the region, which consists of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma and Utah.

Arvest received the Southwest Region’s highest score in four factors: product offerings, facility, account information, and fees.

Additionally, Arvest ranked third in the South Central Region, which consists of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Arvest received ratings higher than the South Central regional averages in the five of the six factors analyzed by the study – product offerings, facility, account information, fees, and account activities.

Arvest has now received a top J.D. Power regional award 13 times in eight years across two regions.

To view the full release from J.D. Power, visit www.jdpower.com/press-releases/2016-us-retail-banking-satisfaction-study*.

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

Tags: Award, J.D. Power and Associates, Oklahoma, Press Release, Southwest Oklahoma
 

New Branch Opening in Aurora, Mo.

Friday, April 29 at 05:20 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We’re excited to be opening our brand new branch at 138 E. Church St. in Aurora, Mo. on May 16! The new branch is approximately 3,200 square feet and includes a conference room and two additional offices. The new branch will also have a generator to operate during power outages. 

In July 2015, we closed our branch at 138 E. Church St. and opened a temporary location at 201 S. Madison Ave. in Aurora. We demolished the former branch at 138 E. Church St. and built a brand new branch on the property over the past year. 

The temporary branch at 201 S. Madison Ave. in Aurora will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016 and will remain closed on Saturday, May 14 to facilitate relocation activities. Our all new branch at 138 E. Church St. will open Monday, May 16, 2016. 

The hours of the new Aurora location will remain the same as the hours of the temporary location which are:
 
Lobby
M-Th: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
F: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m. – noon

Drive-Thru
M-F: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m. – noon 
 
We look forward to serving you from our new Aurora location!
 
Tags: Missouri
 

Samaritan Community Center – 1 Million Meals Food Partner

Friday, April 29 at 04:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is proud to partner with nearly 70 organizations, including Samaritan Community Center, in the bank’s sixth annual 1 Million Meals initiative to raise one million meals for the food insecure in the 120+ communities the bank serves. 

WHO: Samaritan Community Center*. Connect with them on Facebook* and Twitter*. 

WHERE: Serves the Northwest Arkansas area
 
WHAT: Samaritan Community Center was established in 1989 by Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas as a food pantry and clothing ministry named Samaritan House. In June 2002 the center re-organized to become a stand-alone, 501(c)3 nonprofit entity called Samaritan House Community Center (dba Samaritan Community Center), with a mission to serve the hurting and hungry of Northwest Arkansas. To show support for the organization’s initiatives, in 2003 Fellowship Bible Church gifted Samaritan Community Center a 19,000 square foot building located on four acres in Rogers, Ark. (the current Rogers facility). That same year Debbie Rambo, who had been working alongside her husband as a volunteer for many years, was hired as the first executive director, a position she still holds today. 
 
A second location in Springdale, Ark., opened in May 2004 with a primary focus of serving those in need within the Washington County area. Over the course of the last 13 years, the center has also opened two nonprofit thrift stores – one in Springdale and one in Rogers. Net earnings from each store go to support the mission of the Samaritan Community Center.

In 2015 …
  • Samaritan Community Center Cafés served 94,117 warm and healthy meals
  • Samaritan Community Center Market Food Pantries supplied food to 49,376 people (including 21,480 children) 
  • Samaritan Community Center Garden harvested 6,351 pounds of produce for use in Samaritan Community Center Cafes and distribution through Samaritan Community Center Market Food Pantries 
  • Samaritan Community Center SnackPacks for Kids distributed 291,243 snackpacks to children at risk for hunger on the weekends 
WHEN: Arvest Bank is accepting donations of both food and funds April 4 – May 28, 2016. Donations will be distributed to local food partners. 

WHY: 
  • One out of every five people in Arkansas is facing hunger or food insecurity
  • One out of every four children in Arkansas is facing hunger or food insecurity
  • Arkansas ranks third in the nation for childhood hunger 
  • Benton and Washington counties are ranked second and third for the highest number of people living in poverty in Arkansas
  • Almost 45,000 children in Northwest Arkansas (four counties) are enrolled in school nutrition programs
HOW: 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. Funds will be drawn directly from the customer’s Arvest account. 
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, P.O. Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Donate in a Branch – Stop by your local Arvest Bank branch to donate nonperishable food items or make a monetary donation of cash or check.
Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf if you:
  • Follow us on Instagram*
  • Like or share our 1 Million Meals Facebook* posts
  • Retweet our 1 Million Meals tweets on Twitter* on April 15 and May 13
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Charitable Giving, Community Support

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