Kristin Patterson Inspires Campers – People Helping People Series

Friday, July 14 at 07:15 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

“My motivation is simple. It’s those kids and those smiles,” Kristin Patterson said.

As co-director of Camp Quality Ozarks, Kristin has one purpose: to let kids be kids, even when they have cancer.

“When you undergo cancer as a child, you grow up very fast. You are entered into the adult world whether you want to or not,” Kristin said. “You lose your hair, you may have scars, but here it doesn’t matter, you’re just a kid. You’re just like the others.”

And just like any kid, those who come to Camp Quality Ozarks want to spend their week having typical summer fun.

“We play basketball, soccer, we have fishing, swimming, yoga, CrossFit, and also a really awesome bike park that they get to play on,” Kristin said.

Bethany is one of the campers that knows Kristin. “Camp Quality is a lot like a home away from home. It really helps you to be like your inner self,” Bethany said. “So people aren’t judging you for what you do or who you’re acting like or whatever.”

Tabitha is another teen participating in Camp Quality. “It’s inspired me to be more of myself and get to know others a lot more. And not let what I’m scared of get in the way of what I know I should and can do,” Tabitha said. 

As a child, Kristin experienced the difficulties of cancer and understands what these kids are going through.

“This is my 20th year here at Camp Quality. Eight of those years was as a camper. I was diagnosed with AML leukemia at the age of 10, and went through treatment,” Kristin said. “My sister gave me a bone marrow transplant and I’m very blessed to still be here today.”

Tabitha said she’s able to relate to Kristin more because of their similar experiences. “After going through the same things, it’s a lot easier to bond with her.”

“Kristen is like the big sister I’ve never had,” Tabitha said. 

According to Bethany, she knows she can rely on Kristin for help. “If you just need … somebody to have a shoulder to cry on, she’s there,” Bethany said. “She might start crying with you, but she’ll definitely help with whatever you’re going through.”

It can be a challenging job, but it’s always rewarding, according to Kristin.

“It’s knowing that they’re getting to come here and enjoy themselves. Knowing that they’re making friendships that they can carry on. And also that they’re making friendships [with others who] they have something in common with and they’re able to talk to each other about it.”

“But to see those smiles and to see them playing and having fun is the biggest blessing that I could ever have,” Kristin said. 

Watch* Kristin in action. 

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

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

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People
 

Tron Peterson Cares for Veterans – People Helping People Series

Friday, June 30 at 02:15 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

“There is no greater joy than seeing hope restored in a veteran’s life,” said Tron Peterson, who has spent the past decade helping veterans adjust to life after the military.

“I really started seeing the veterans coming back injured, maybe with PTSD, and just ready to give up a lot of times,” Tron said. 

“They would go over there so many times, confident, and they would come back and, for a lot of them, it was hard to cope with society. And so I thought, what can I do as an individual?”

That’s why he created Peterson Outdoors Ministries*. His organization provides recreational therapy for injured veterans, with the goal of helping them redefine their purpose in life.

“I really felt that it was put on my heart to have a place that would facilitate those with severe disabilities where they could stay on the property as a family,” Tron said. The organization takes injured veterans outdoors for a range of activities, including fishing and shooting clay pigeons.

“Just to see them interacting again and seeing that joy on their face makes it all worthwhile, he said.

Michael Zittle, a veteran of the Army, has participant in the program. “I was injured twice in service. Once in September 2010 and then again in February 2011. Later that year, I was medically retired from the Army,” Michael said. 

“[Peterson Outdoors Ministries] has a lot of adaptive equipment to help veterans or somebody with a disability to get out in the woods again and that brought a smile on my face,” Michael said. 

Adam Bracken is a volunteer with the organization. “You can see the impact. You can see tangible results. It’s not mailing a check somewhere,” Adam said. “It’s not putting a bumper sticker on your car that says, ‘Support our Troops.’ It’s meeting people who need help and providing them with the help they need.” 

According to Tron, veterans finding hope encourages him to continue his work. “You know there’s so much bad news in the country right now, but whenever you can see a life changed, you see a veteran and his family find hope again, that’s what’s exciting to me, that keeps me going,” he said.

WatchTron in action.

Tron’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 videos 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: Arkansas, Associates, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People
 

Closed Independence Day

Friday, June 30 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Please be aware that Arvest branches and customer service will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in observance of Independence Day. We celebrate the birth of American independence and honor the service men and women and veterans who fight to preserve our freedoms. 

We look forward to serving you during our normal business hours on Monday, July 3 and resuming on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. We wish you a safe and happy Independence Day!

For your convenience you can bank 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using:

Tags: Arkansas, Holiday Hours, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma
 

Join Us for Lobby Chats Fridays in June/July in Joplin, Mo.

Friday, June 16 at 06:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Retirement planning is an ongoing process of preparing for and reacting to critical financial events. Critical financial events can be as diverse as retiring, a change in career path or just getting started. The right strategy for each stage is the key to success. 
 
Join us at noon for lobby chat round-ups on June 23, June 30 and July 7 at 3201 McClelland Blvd. Joplin, Mo., with our very own expert, Garrett Taylor**, client advisor for Arvest Wealth Management. He will share some basic insights on strategies to save, make time for Q&A and schedule follow-up appointments upon request. 
 
In his role, Garrett assists clients in the Joplin, Mo., area with investment advice, retirement planning, risk management and other areas of personal financial planning. Prior to joining Arvest in 2012, Garrett earned a degree in finance and economics from Missouri Southern State University in 2006. In 2009, he earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. Garrett is also a member of the Greater Kansas City chapter of the Financial Planning Association. Garrett also serves on the board of the Joplin Community Health Clinic. 
 
Garrett Taylor can be reached at (417) 627-8156 or gtaylor@arvest.com
 
**Missouri Insurance License # 375253 

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Investment products and services are provided by Arvest Investments, Inc., doing business as Arvest Wealth Management, member FINRA/SIPC, an SEC registered investment adviser and a subsidiary of Arvest Bank. 

Insurance products are made available through Arvest Insurance, Inc., which is registered as an insurance agency. Insurance products are marketed through Arvest Insurance, Inc., but are underwritten by unaffiliated insurance companies.
 
Trust services are provided by Arvest Bank. 

Tags: Joplin, Missouri, Retirement
 

Charolette Tidwell Supports Healthy Eating – People Helping People Series

Friday, June 16 at 05:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

At a young age, Charolette Tidwell realized the importance of community and how working together can make a huge impact in someone’s life.

“I was raised poor, with 10 kids in the house;” however, “my community always said, ‘You can be anything you want to be, you can do anything you want to do, but you can’t leave anybody behind,’” Charolette said.

Her upbringing inspired her to start the Antioch for Youth and Family* organization, which provides food assistance to approximately 7,000 people each month.

Charolette’s goal is to provide food for families and educate them on the importance of good nutrition. 

“Good food keeps you well,” Charolette said. “And it keeps you up, it keeps you mobile, it keeps your brain fed so that you’re able to think.”

Charolette has focused on planting and growing healthy food in a community garden. As more children come to work in the garden, Charolette has seen a big change in the community. 

“Now what the garden has done to this area is phenomenal. We see houses in these three block areas being refurbished. We see people walking with their dogs and walking over to the garden with their children and talking to the kids about the garden.”

Charolette hopes the project she began will blossom into an even greater contribution to her community.

“My dream is that there is a resurgence in the areas we’re in,” Charolette said. “That people care for people…that people are concerned for people and that people jointly lift each other.”

“It is a revitalization of a community, block by block. That’s what we intend to achieve,” Charolette said. 

Watch* Charolette in action.

Charolette’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 videos 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: Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People
 

Arvest Provides More than 1.8 Million Meals

Thursday, June 08 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Thank you for helping us raise 11 million-plus meals and $2 million-plus in seven-year history of initiative.

LOWELL, Ark. – Arvest Bank launched its annual 1 Million Meals initiative to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves two months ago. Today, the bank announced that with the help of customers and community members, it has exceeded the campaign goal by raising a total of 1,881,283 meals in the fight against hunger.

Launched in 2011, Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaigns have raised a seven-year total of 11,485,468 meals, which includes more than $2 million in funds given directly to the bank’s dozens of local food partners.

This year’s campaign total of 1,881,283 meals was made possible through donations from the bank, Arvest associates, customers and community members through fundraisers, events and nonperishable food drives in all Arvest branches throughout April and May. With summer here, the success of the campaign is especially meaningful because many schoolchildren will be without the meals they ordinarily receive at school.

We are thrilled to be able to provide – thanks to the hard work and generosity of our associates, customers and community members – these meals to our neighbors in need. We also hope 1 Million Meals has increased hunger awareness, and we remain committed to fighting hunger in our community long after this year’s initiative has ended. 

All money and food items raised through this campaign directly benefitted more than 70 different organizations feeding local communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

The bank’s decision to provide one million meals was based on the fact hunger is an issue in every community it serves. In 2015, more than 12 percent of American households surveyed were food insecure, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all household members. 

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

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