ECKAN – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Friday, September 19 at 05:20 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

In 1966, East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN) was formed to address the causes and conditions of poverty at an individualized community level. The organization stemmed from legislation passed through President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty efforts. ECKAN is headquartered in Ottawa, Kan., and employs 100 staff across nine counties in east central Kansas. Last year ECKAN had more than 6,000 volunteer hours donated to the agency.

ECKAN’s* mission is, “To identify and focus available resources that enable eligible families and individuals to attain critical skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.” Its core programs help families overcome poverty and the need for public assistance. ECKAN is unique in its ability to tailor programs specifically to the communities it serves, in addition to offering well-known assistance programs such as Head Start, Weatherization, and the HUD Section 8 program.

ECKAN’s Community Centers also provide emergency food assistance to families living in those nine counties and distributed over 9,000 units of emergency food assistance last year. In Franklin County alone, weekly food distributions serve 90-100 individuals. The agency also provides a Summer Lunch Bunch program in an effort to alleviate food insecurity among children ages 1 – 18 during the summer months when school breakfast and lunch programs are not an option.

All these programs meet a critical need linked to the food insecurity rates as identified by Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap (2012) in ECKAN’s service counties. Two of these counties have food insecurity rates higher than that of the state as a whole (14.8 percent).

Those interested in volunteering may do so at many of ECKAN’s locations. A variety of opportunities exist, such as working at community centers assisting with food distributions and volunteering in Head Start classrooms. Individuals interested in volunteering should contact ECKAN’s central office at (785) 242-7450 and ask for Jake to learn more about current opportunities.

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, Cash Management, Charitable Giving, Kansas City
 

Harvesters – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Friday, September 19 at 04:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

For 35 years, Harvesters — The Community Food Network has served the Kansas City region. This year the organization is again partnering with Arvest Bank for the 1 Million Meals initiative. Last year, Arvest Bank raised more $16,700 in monetary donations and nearly 4,000 non-perishable food items for Harvesters.

In 1979, Harvesters* was started by a group in the Kansas City area representing faith-based organizations, social services and the food industry. Operations began out of a space donated by Kansas City Cold Storage. In the first eight months of operations, Harvesters distributed 155,000 pounds of food to the hungry in the Kansas City area covering five counties.

Now, Harvesters operates two facilities (Kansas City and Topeka) and serves a network of more than 620 nonprofit agencies in 26 counties of Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. In 2013, Harvesters distributed more than 44 million pounds of food to those in need. More than 6,000 volunteers support Harvesters every month, giving more than 188,000 hours of their time.

Additionally, the organization provides food and related household products to more than 620 nonprofit agencies including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. Agencies in Harvesters’ network provide food assistance to as many as 66,000 different people each week.

Harvesters is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks serving all 50 states. Harvesters was Feeding America’s 2011 Food Bank of the Year. For more information about how you can help, please contact Harvesters’ Food Drive Manager, Katie Bromley, at kbromley@harvesters.org or (877) 653-9517.
 
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, Kansas City
 

Bright Futures - Carthage – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Thursday, September 18 at 05:20 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Bright Futures – Carthage was formed two years ago to address the ongoing student needs in the Carthage, Mo., community. The program was based off of Bright Futures USA which connects students with community resources to help all children learn, lead and serve to their full potential. In Carthage, the program has grown significantly in the last year compared to the first year and is now able to help more children because of community support.

Bright Futures* helps communities connect so they can rally together to meet the needs of their children. Through developing relationships, supporting education, removing barriers and channeling resources, children are empowered to travel their pathway to success. 

With just two employees, the organization relies heavily on about 500 volunteers. The Carthage organization has several volunteer opportunities depending on the site council. Opportunities include activities like reading to a child, eating lunch with a child or greeting children as they walk in the doors every morning. 

Bright Futures – Carthage is located at 800 Grant St., Carthage, Mo. To learn more about the organization, visit them on Facebook* or contact Sarah Johnson, Bright Futures coordinator, at (417) 758-0899 or johnsons@carthagetigers.org.

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, Missouri
 

Friday Financial Forum Sept. 19 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Thursday, September 18 at 05:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. for our Friday Financial Forum. We’ll meet in the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's Eastside Branch located at 4225 Southeast Adams Rd., Bartlesville, Okla. Every Friday we invite customers like you to attend our one-hour Financial Forum.

What you can expect at the event:

  • News: "The Scoop" about businesses coming, going and expanding in Bartlesville (Amelya Wilmott, Arvest Bank)
  • Information: Community leaders share topical, local and state information (Sen. John Ford, Rep. Earl Sears and city councilman Mike McGrew)
  • Updates: Arvest provides current economy and stock market trends (Josh Randoph, Arvest Bank)
  • Hilarious Anecdotes: Jim Bohnsack, Arvest Bank

We look forward to having you join us! There is no need to RSVP; just join us if you can! If you have any questions about the event, please contact Amelya Wilmott at (918) 337-4358.

Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Oklahoma
 

Skip Your Lunch, Give a Meal on Sept. 19

Wednesday, September 17 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

As part of our 1 Million Meals initiative to fight local hunger, we invite you to give up your lunch on Friday, Sept. 19 and donate the money you would have spent to benefit 59 local food partners.

One in six American households reported food hardship, or not having adequate funds to provide enough food for their family. By donating what you can, you can help hungry neighbors not have to make the choice between feeding their family or paying their bills.

Remember, $1 = 5 Meals, so if you typically spend around $10 on lunch, you can provide 50 meals to a neighbor in need. 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.

1 Million Meals continues through Nov. 1. Help us make an impact sure to be felt a million times over!

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, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

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