Tron Peterson Cares for Veterans – People Helping People Series

Friday, June 30 at 02:15 PM
Category: People Helping People

“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
 

Arvest Bank Presents a Night to Benefit United Way in Medicine Park, Okla.

Friday, June 30 at 05:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is proud to present a night of dinner, music and dancing – all to benefit the United Way – on Friday, July 28.

The BBQ, BAND & BREW fundraiser will be held at the Medicine Park Music Hall and feature a performance by the Smilin Bob English Band.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the band’s performance will start about 7 p.m. Festivities will conclude at 11 p.m.

Arvest’s commitment to the communities it serves is a core part of its philosophy, and proceeds from this event will be donated to the United Way.

Individual tickets are $40 and will be sold at all local Arvest branches. Table sponsorships also are available.

Seating is limited; contact Lindsay Roman at lroman@arvest.com or by calling (580) 250-4547 for details.

Tags: Charitable Giving, Community Support, Oklahoma, Press Release, Southwest Oklahoma
 

Charolette Tidwell Supports Healthy Eating – People Helping People Series

Friday, June 16 at 05:00 AM
Category: People Helping People

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
 

Colton’s Give Back Event in Harrison, Ark. Provides 2,220 Meals

Wednesday, June 07 at 02:50 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Proceeds benefit Ozark Share and Care to help reduce local hunger. 

HARRISON, Ark. – Colton’s Steakhouse and the Harrison community recently provided $444.07, the equivalent of 2,220 meals, to Ozark Share and Care after a one-day give back event hosted by Colton’s and Arvest Bank.  

Colton’s Steakhouse donated 10 percent of total meal sales from customers who dined in or placed carry out orders on May 30. The fundraising event was part of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that helps reduce hunger in local communities.  

“This donation will impact many individuals and families in our community who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or who would not have had food otherwise,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “We very much appreciate everyone who enjoyed a meal at Colton’s during this event, and we certainly appreciate Colton’s for supporting this community project.” 

Arvest Bank’s 7th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign is a two-month bank-wide effort to collect nonperishable food items and monetary donations in support of local food partners to help reduce hunger in local communities. All donations to 1 Million Meals in Harrison directly benefit Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization. The 1 Million Meals campaign concluded on June 3 and the total number of meals and amount of donations should be announced soon. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.  

The goal of the campaign is to collect the equivalent of 1 Million Meals in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four-state area.  

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

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release
 

Aaron Reddin Drives for a Better Future – People Helping People Series

Thursday, June 01 at 02:50 PM
Category: People Helping People
Aaron Reddin spends his days serving the needs of the homeless. After working for years as a director for local shelters, he learned what homeless individuals deal with on a daily basis. That inspired him to leave his job and start his own organization* to meet their immediate needs. 
 
“It started with just emailing all my friends and telling them to cough up the coats they had in their closet one winter and loading it down in my Toyota Yaris,” Aaron Reddin said. “Just going out and finding people that needed a hand and needed a friend. And just doing what I could from there.”
 
He soon realized he needed a bigger vehicle to carry all the supplies. That’s how The Van* was created. Initially, Aaron received a well-used van from a total stranger who believed in the cause. Seven days a week, The Van provides clothes and other items to those who are homeless. He has since purchased a brand new van with cash from more than 500 donors.
 
The work of Aaron and his team give hope to those who need assistance.
 
Aaron’s work has expanded and now better serves those who are not close to a shelter, and who don’t have access to quality food.
 
“We’re about bringing dignity with stuff. So we said hey let’s start a garden. Let’s just start a garden and see what happens.”
 
“Never really thought it would turn into chickens and bees and all kinds of other things.”
 
As the garden grows, this food provides dozens of meals every night to the people “The Van” serves. 
 
Aaron knows the work is hard, but it hasn’t stopped him from trying to achieve his vision.
 
“My end goal is to work ourselves out of business. I would love for there to be no reason for this to exist because we did it,” Reddin said. 
 
Watch Aaron in action.
 
Aaron’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, Little Rock, People Helping People

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