Shirley Lechien Creates Blessing Box – People Helping People Series

Monday, September 26 at 08:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Shirley Lechien’s passion is helping the homeless and people in need. When she saw an Oklahoman town which had a wooden box, similar to the little free libraries that are popping up but filled with non-perishable food instead, she was inspired to do something similar where she lives in Pittsburg, Kan. With the help of community members, Shirley created two blessing boxes where people are invited to “Take what you need. Bring what you can.” Read the full story at the Joplin Globe*.

Shirley’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 both videos and written stories 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: Charitable Giving, Community Support, Joplin, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People
 

Bright Futures Joplin – 1 Million Meals Food Partner

Thursday, April 21 at 06:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is proud to partner with nearly 70 organizations, including Bright Futures Joplin, 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: Bright Futures Joplin*

WHERE: Serves students pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in Joplin, Mo., schools

WHAT: Established in 2010, Bright Futures Joplin is a grassroots, community-based program that creates partnerships and utilizes community resources for the common goal of helping kids and strengthening families and community. Bright Futures has created a system of support for kids that educators can utilize to help meet the immediate needs of students so they can focus on and be successful in school. Bright Futures Joplin provides much needed items such as clothing, shoes, coats, school supplies and food to students in need.

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: Joplin schools faces large numbers of students in poverty – students that are bright and have big hopes and dreams but not the support needed to be successful. Factors such as hunger, homelessness, and a lack of resources and supports can keep these children from realizing their potential. Bright Futures Joplin partners together with schools to help intervene on behalf of these most at-risk children so they can overcome these barriers and be successful in school.

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: 1 Million Meals, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Joplin, Missouri
 

Anderson Accepts Branch Sales Manager Position in Joplin, Mo.

Wednesday, April 13 at 05:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Debbie Anderson has accepted the Branch Sales Manager position at the 402 S. Range Line location in Joplin, Mo. Debbie brings more than thirty years of banking experience and will be responsible for the leadership and direction in providing quality customer service and focus on sales, performance, growth and business development.  

She is Vice President of Carthage Soroptimist. Debbie has been married to her husband for 33 years and has one daughter. Debbie enjoys reading, four-wheeling, hunting and pool time, when she’s not working.   

Tags: Associates, Joplin, Missouri
 

Monett Community Kitchen – 1 Million Meals Food Partner

Thursday, September 17 at 04:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is proud to partner with 50+ organizations, including Monett Community Kitchen, in the bank’s fifth annual 1 Million Meals initiative to raise one million meals for the food insecure in the 120+ communities the bank serves.    


WHERE: Serves Monett, Mo.

WHAT: Established in 2010, the Monett Community Kitchen served seven people its first night. At present they provide meals three times a week serving 80-100 people each night. 

WHEN: Arvest Bank is accepting donations of both food and funds Sept. 2 – Oct. 31, 2015. Donations will be distributed to local food partners. 

WHY:
Since its inception, the Monett Community Kitchen has served over 50,000 meals helping to meet local food insecurity needs. 

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 $1 on your behalf if you:
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.
 
Tags: 1 Million Meals, Community Support, Joplin, Missouri
 

Children in Joplin, Mo. Learn About Savings

Wednesday, May 27 at 06:55 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest participated in Teach Children to Save, a national program sponsored by the ABA Community Engagement Foundation, which consists of a series of presentations given by bank employees to area schools. The presentations encourage good saving habits beginning at a young age. 

Nine Arvest Bank associates in the Joplin, Mo., region had the opportunity to give 24 presentations over the course of a month. These Arvest Bank associates joined more than 14,000 bankers nationally who visited classrooms to teach the next generation good money management skills. Arvest Bank’s presentations reached more than 950 students, ranging from Pre-K to eighth grade, in five different communities. Arvest Bank in the Joplin region is pleased with the outcome of this year’s presentations and are already looking forward to presenting again in 2016! 

Tags: Community Support, Joplin, Missouri, Savings
 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Impacted Mike Brown

Friday, March 20 at 06:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Special thanks to Mike Brown who has graciously shared his heartfelt memory of how the United Way sponsored agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters had such a positive impact on him as a young man.

Mike Brown: “I was just a 9-year-old third grader when I first learned about Big Brothers Big Sisters. I was raised in a single parent home and my mom heard about the positive male role models that BBBS offers. I remember when I was introduced to Tom, my ‘big brother.’ He was super nice and loved baseball as much as I did. I knew we were going to get along great. Tom truly became more like a member of the family. He would come to birthday parties. We would go to Cardinal baseball games. But overall, he would teach me important life lessons like manners and respect for others. 

Tom and I were paired up for almost four years before he left to go to grad school. But almost 30 years later we still stay in touch. Maybe not the two or three visits or calls a week we used to have but when we do talk on the phone, it is like nothing has changed. This is why I support Big Brothers Big Sisters. I know first-hand the impact that a positive role model has in the life of a young boy or girl. Tom would tell you that it also has a profound impact on the ‘big’ as well.” 

A study conducted by The Lily Endowment shows a big/little match after as few as 18 months has the following impact on the littles:
  • 46 percent less likely to use illegal drugs
  • 27 percent less likely to use alcohol
  • 52 percent less likely to skip school
  • 37 percent less likely to skip a class
  • 33 percent less likely to hit someone
But what mattered to the children were not the activities. It was the fact that they had a caring adult in their lives. Because they had someone to confide in and to look up to, they were, in turn, doing better in school and at home. And at a time in their lives when even small choices can change the course of their future, the littles were also avoiding violence and substance abuse.

For more information about United Way’s sponsored agency, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jasper/Newton counties, visit www.bbbsjn.org.*

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank.
 
Tags: Community Support, Joplin, Missouri

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