Arvest Bank Sets Date for “Feed the Pack,” Calls for Volunteers

Wednesday, April 11 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank will hold a one-day donation drive called “Feed the Pack Day” in multiple cities across Baxter and Marion Counties to help reduce food insecurity in North Central Arkansas. Donations to Feed the Pack will support area backpack food programs that provide food for school children on weekends and holidays, times when they may not have access to enough food.  

Arvest Bank is asking for individuals or groups of volunteers who can assist with the collection drive at various locations.  

On Friday, April 27, community volunteers will be stationed at the corner of Hwy. 62 and Cardinal Dr. in Mountain Home from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers will also be located outside Harps in Mountain Home and Yellville, Walmart in Mountain Home and Flippin, Town and Country in Mountain Home, Shoe Sensation in Mountain Home, and SunFest in Gassville from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All donations directly support the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ Backpack Program, as well as other organizations in Baxter and Marion counties that operate a backpack program.  

“The backpack programs in this area serve a widespread need and they are often the difference for hundreds of children between having food and going without a meal,” said Jeff Quick, president and CEO of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. “We see an increased need for food during the summer months, when children don’t have access to school meal programs. The financial support we receive now helps us stock our shelves later in the year, when donations begin to get sparse.” Quick said more than 600 children in Baxter County alone are served by backpack programs.  

Arvest Bank created Feed the Pack Day in 2016 and has collected $35,000 during the past two fundraising drives, equating to 175,000 meals for local children who are supported by backpack programs. In addition, 4,000 nonperishable food items have been collected during Feed the Pack.  

“Our success for these children depends upon two things – the number of volunteers we have to accept donations, and the generosity of the wonderful people in these communities,” said

Tiffany Watkins, assistant vice president and marketing director for Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “A donation of only one dollar provides five meals, so we have the potential to help ensure these children don’t go hungry for the remainder of this year.” 

Individual volunteers, groups or businesses who are interested in volunteering for Feed the Pack Day may sign up online here, or they may contact Tiffany Watkins with Arvest Bank at twatkins@arvest.com.  

Radio station KTLO 97.9 FM will broadcast live updates on the amount of money raised throughout the day, with the announcement of the grand total planned for 7 p.m. The Baxter Bulletin will post updates on its web site as well.  

Feed the Pack Day is a community event that is held in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th annual 1 Million Meals campaign that challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves. The initiative is needed, as the United States Department of Agriculture reports more than 12 percent of American households surveyed in 2015 were food insecure.  

The goal of the two-month, bank-wide effort is to collect enough food or monetary donations to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families. Donations to Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaign may be dropped off at any Arvest Bank location by June 2 or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner, and customers who use the Arvest Go mobile banking app may contribute through the app as well.

 

About Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

Tags: Mountain Home, North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest Bank Makes Donation to Food Bank of NCA

Monday, April 02 at 03:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank presented a donation to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas in the amount of $500 that will support the food bank’s backpack program, and other backpack programs in the area that are supported by the food bank. Backpack programs provide supplemental food for school children on weekends and holidays, times when they may not have enough food at home to eat for every meal. The food bank’s backpack program provides food to more than 600 children in Baxter County alone. 

Jeff Quick, CEO of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, said every dollar that is donated translates to five meals for those in need. Last year the food bank provided 2.7 million meals to residents in North Central Arkansas.  

The presentation was made at the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Business After Hours networking event that Arvest sponsored and that was held at the bank’s branch on Hwy. 62 East. 

To increase the awareness of food insecurity in communities nationwide, Arvest Bank market president Sally Gilbert pointed out to attendees that food would not be served at the event, for the purpose of helping attendees identify with those who face food insecurity on a daily basis.  

“Imagine how you would feel if going without dinner, or any meal, was something you had to face – every day,” said Gilbert. “So many people have to make the tough choice between food and medicine, food and heating bills, or other choices that determine their ability to survive. Food insecurity is a problem that demands community involvement so those decisions between food and other necessities don’t have to be made.” 

Gilbert said the donation is an early contribution toward two upcoming hunger awareness campaigns the bank will lead. The first is a one-day, grassroots awareness and fundraising effort called Feed the Pack Day, in which community volunteers will collect donations in Mountain Home, Flippin, Gassville and Yellville in support of the Food Bank of NCA’s backpack program and other backpack programs in the area that are supported by the food bank. Feed the Pack Day is April 27. 

Feed the Pack Day is held in support of a second initiative to reduce hunger in local communities, Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign that takes place April 2 to June 2 this year. 

The bank-wide initiative encourages associates and communities to drop off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location in a four-state area to help reduce food insecurity in the communities the bank serves. The goal is to collect the equivalent of one million meals collectively. Every donation stays local and benefits a community food partner.

 To learn more about the 1 Million Meals campaign or other ways of giving, visit www.arvest.com/millionmeals. 

About Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

 

Tags: 1 Million Meals, North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest Asks Non-Profits to Submit Requests for Charity of the Year

Friday, March 23 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Proceeds from 22nd Annual charity golf tourney to benefit local organizations 

Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas and South Central Missouri is accepting letters of request from area non-profit organizations that would like to be considered for the 2018 Arvest Bank Charity of the Year program. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 13. 

The Charity of the Year program was created to lend financial support to local non-profit organizations through the annual Arvest Bank Charity Golf Tournament that is in its 22nd year. 

Every year, a selection committee of Arvest Bank associates selects up to three local charities that share 100 percent of the proceeds from the golf tournament. Non-profit organizations in Baxter, Boone and Marion Counties in Arkansas, and Howell County, Missouri, are encouraged to apply for consideration as a charity of the year. 

“The work our local non-profit organizations do to benefit our communities is extremely important, so any additional financial support we can give them directly benefits our friends, family and neighbors,” said Tiffany Watkins, Assistant Vice President and Marketing Director for Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “This tournament always garners a great deal of participation so we’re hoping to continue that success again this year.”

Final selection as a charity of the year is based on past, present and future financial needs, along with other criteria. To qualify, the charity must be designated as an IRS 501(c)(3) organization and must submit a letter to the committee explaining why their organization should be selected.

Watkins said the tournament has contributed more than $187,000 to local non-profit organizations since this tournament began.

Letters of application to be considered as a 2018 Charity of the Year should be mailed to: Arvest Bank Charity Committee, Attn: Tiffany Watkins, P.O. Box 325, Yellville, AR, 72687, or they may be emailed to twatkins@arvest.com.

The Arvest Bank Charity Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, Aug. 25 at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are available at all levels. Call 870-449-7164 for more information.

About Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

Tags: North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest Bank to “Egg Yards” as a Fundraiser to Reduce Food Insecurity

Thursday, March 08 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank in Harrison is taking preorders for a fundraiser that will take the work off the Easter Bunny this Easter, while also raising money for a local food pantry.  

Bank associates will decorate the yards of Harrison residents with surprise-filled Easter Eggs the evening of Saturday, March 31, the eve of Easter Sunday.  Three different options are available; 35 eggs for $30, 55 eggs for $40 or 75 eggs for $50.  All of the money raised will benefit Ozark Share and Care, a local emergency services program that houses a food pantry and provides other necessary items.  

“Food insecurity is a problem that affects every community across America and it will always be an issue that needs our attention,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “While we can’t solve the problem altogether, we can respond as a community to consistently share our resources with those who don’t have food for every meal.” 

Tennyson said the Easter Egg fundraiser is a grassroots effort that is part of Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign.  The two-month campaign, that is in its eighth year, challenges Arvest associates, customers and the general public to donate non-perishable food items or monetary contributions at any Arvest Bank location across the four-state footprint of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas the bank serves.  The goal of the initiative is to collect the equivalent of one million meals that will be donated to local food pantries and other hunger relief organizations or programs.  All donations remain local.  

In the Harrison community alone, Arvest Bank has raised 181,830 meals for local food partners since the 1 Million Meals campaign began in 2011. 

Additional information on how to contribute to Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign may be found at www.arvest.com/millionmeals

Tags: 1 Million Meals, North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest in N. Central Ark. Named Best Bank for 2nd Year in a Row

Friday, January 26 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas has been named Best Bank in the Harrison Daily Times Best of the Best reader’s poll.

Every year, the Harrison Daily Times has asked readers for their thoughts – and votes – to determine the Harrison’s best of the best! Arvest has been voted the No. 1 bank for two consecutive years by readers!

Arvest was founded on the principles that our customers’ needs come first and our associates are focused on providing the best customer experience. We continually strive to be active and involved members of the communities we serve, and we will always work to put the needs of our customers first as we continue to fulfill our mission, “People helping people find financial solutions for life.”

On behalf of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas, we would like to extend the warmest THANK YOU to the readers of the Harrison Daily Times and congratulate all 2017 Best of Best Award recipients. 

Tags: North Central Arkansas
 

Eckman Celebrates 45 Years With Arvest Bank

Thursday, October 26 at 03:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank and Carolyn Eckman celebrated Eckman’s 45th anniversary with the bank on Oct. 21.  She is the long-standing branch sales manager at Arvest’s Bull Shoals location and the longest-tenured associate in the bank’s North Central Arkansas market that includes Bull Shoals, Yellville, Mountain Home, Harrison, Lead Hill and Flippin, Ark., as well as West Plains, Mo. 
 
“The Arvest culture focuses on relationships and a genuine commitment to serve our customers and our fellow associates,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “Carolyn is the epitome of our culture through her lifelong contributions to this community and our bank, and we are honored to celebrate this milestone with her.” 
 
“When you can come to work and fulfill your purpose of helping your community find financial solutions for every stage in their lives, it’s very rewarding,” said Eckman. “Forty-five years passes very quickly when you love what you do, and I still get excited about the great things Arvest does for Arkansas.”
 
Eckman began her banking career as teller after graduating high school. She was promoted to assistant branch manager and then branch sales manager. 
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
 
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