Eufaula Elementary School Joins Fight Against Hunger in Eufaula, Okla.

Wednesday, April 26 at 05:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Donated items go to backpack program.

EUFAULA, Okla. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce a collaboration with Eufaula Elementary School to benefit its backpack program that provides meals and snacks to students in need.

The Arvest branch at 110 S. 1st Street in Eufaula will sponsor a pizza party for the Eufaula Elementary School classroom that collects the most items for the backpack program from April 24-May 5.

Donated items that qualify for the contest are as follows:

- Individually packed instant oatmeal

- Granola bars

- Individual portions of chocolate or vanilla pudding (lunchbox-ready)

- 7.5-ounce cans of entrees such as SpaghettiOs

- Stew, soup, Vienna Sausage

- Easy mac & cheese

- Individual fruit cups or applesauce (lunchbox-ready)

- Beef sticks (mild)

- Individually packaged fruit snacks or Fruit Roll-ups

- Breakfast bars

- Beef or chicken ramen noodles

- Juice boxes

The contest is part of Arvest’s seventh annual 1 Million Meals initiative, which aims to raise at least one million meals for those suffering from food-insecurity throughout its four-state footprint. To participate, customers and community members can donate nonperishable food items or make monetary donations at any Arvest branch or call (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers also can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

For more information on 1 Million Meals or the Eufaula Elementary School contest, please contact Arvest branch sales manager Paula Freeman at (918) 689-5705 or pfreeman@arvest.com.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Oklahoma, Press Release, Tulsa
 

Miss Ann and Miss Masalene – People Helping People Series

Monday, April 24 at 02:15 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Miss Ann Jones and Miss Masalene Jackson don’t let their age prevent them from helping others. At 93 years old, Miss Ann accompanies Miss Masalene, who is retired, to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma* each week. Together these ladies help the food bank reduce the problem of food insecurity in the area by sorting donations that help produce 339,000 meals each week. Their motivation for such dedicated service? Paying back help received during a time of need and setting an example of selflessness for posterity. Watch these inspiring women serve.

Miss Ann and Miss Masalene’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.  

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Oklahoma, People Helping People, Tulsa
 

Lori Dryer Feeds Her Neighbors – People Helping People Series

Monday, April 10 at 10:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
When Lori Dryer agreed to become the director of her local food pantry in 2008, she knew the task would be overwhelming. Since then the food pantry has evolved from providing emergency groceries to also providing a clothing closet and a place to receive personal hygiene products. The biggest addition is the home cooked meal provided each week to meet the growing problem of food insecurity in Lori's Tulsa, Okla., community. Lori recognizes she can’t solve everyone’s problems, but watch how she does what she can.

Lori’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. Check out other outstanding community members doing their part.

Keep an eye on our social media channels for videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.   

Tags: Charitable Giving, Community Support, Oklahoma, People Helping People, Tulsa
 

Q&A with Eileen Bradshaw with Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma for 1 Million Meals

Tuesday, April 04 at 05:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma* has been serving people in the 24 eastern counties of Oklahoma for 35 years. We’re thrilled to be partnering with them for our seventh annual 1 Million Meals initiative to raise one million meals for the children, elderly and others in need across the 120+ communities we serve. 

It’s a pleasure to do a Q&A with Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, to learn more about her and the food bank. 
 
What’s your involvement with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and how did you get started?
Before coming to the food bank, I spent five years at Emergency Infant Services. I worked with families every day, many of whom were working, and yet they struggled to have food for their families. When the opportunity to come to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma arose, I felt it was important to do something to help those families I had met have better access to the food they need to be healthy and productive.
 
What’s a compelling experience you’ve had during your time with Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma?
The first time we ever took our mobile eatery out on a school break, it was a bitterly cold December day. It was around 8 degrees, and it was sleeting. We didn’t really think anyone would come out, but we went to a low-income housing complex where we knew a lot of families with children lived. When we pulled up with that hot lunch, kids started coming out of their apartments for food. Most did not have coats, a couple did not even have shoes, and yet they came out into that cruel weather to get a meal. That experience underscored the depth of the hunger that so many experience in our community.

How can people get involved with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma?
There are so many ways for people to get involved at the food bank. We host volunteer groups on weekdays and Saturdays, and three evenings each week. You can sign up with friends, a church group or colleagues, or just sign up as an individual. We have opportunities in the garden in the spring and summer, and even have two brand new aquaponics boxcar farms which grow lettuce 12 months a year.

If you have always wanted to be a chef, you can get your food handlers permit and work in our kitchen or on our food trucks. We have events which need volunteer helpers or you can host a food drive. The ways you can help are infinite; just call and we can explore the best options for you.

We’d love to have you involved in our 1 Million Meals initiative to help the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma* and our other food partners. 
 
Four Easy Ways to Donate:
  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523. Funds will be drawn directly from your 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. Cash and check contributions accepted.
  • Donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ – Customers can redeem points for a 1 Million Meals donation. Log in at arvestflexrewards.com, and click on the banner for 1 Million Meals to get started!
We’ll Donate $1 Each Time You:
  • Follow us on Instagram.
  • Like or share our 1 Million Meals Facebook posts.
  • Retweet our 1 Million Meals tweets on Twitter on April 21 and May 10.

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, Oklahoma, Tulsa
 

Celebrating Hood's 40th Anniversary in Muskogee, Okla.

Friday, March 24 at 05:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Lender in Muskogee, Okla., has 40 years of banking experience.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Arvest Bank would like to invite its customers and community members alike to join its associates in celebrating the 40-year career of Sharon Hood.

Hood, a consumer lender at the Muskogee branch at 230 W. Broadway St., will be honored at a reception there from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 31.

Beginning her career with what was then the largest locally-owned bank in Muskogee, Hood held several positions, including bookkeeper and secretary-treasurer. When that bank was sold in 1993, Hood shifted to a customer service role that included opening accounts for new customers.

There were a few other bank sales and mergers before Arvest bought numerous Bank of America locations, including the branch Hood called home in Muskogee. At that time, she was a personal banker and assistant vice president. Since that transition, Hood has worked as a consumer lender and said helping her clients with their loan needs has been one of the best and most satisfying jobs in her career.

Hood also has enjoyed being involved with United Way and Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaigns, among many civic activities, and has served her church’s children’s ministry and music program. She and her husband, Mikel, have four children and four grandchildren.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Press Release, Tulsa
 

Chance to Win $200 Gift Card or Basketball Game in Tulsa, Okla.

Thursday, March 09 at 07:55 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Would you like to win $200 or your very own two-person basketball toss game? Now’s your chance at the Tulsa Home and Garden Show* in Tulsa, Okla.!

Here’s How it Works! 
On Facebook or Instagram March 9-12 post a public picture of yourself at any of the booths at the Tulsa Home and Garden Show with #ArvestFundsIt to be entered into a drawing for a great prize! Facebook posts will be entered to win a $200 Arvest Visa gift card, and Instagram posts will be entered to win a two-person basketball toss game (valued at $50).

Remember to make your Facebook and Instagram profiles public, so we can see your pictures!

Find that new RV you’ve been dreaming about, take your picture in front of it, post that picture on Facebook and/or Instagram with #ArvestFundsIt and you’re entered to win!

Stumble upon a breathtaking inground pool, take your picture in front of it, post that picture on Facebook and/or Instagram with #ArvestFundsIt and you’re entered to win!

Come across the new flooring that would look amazing in your kitchen, take your picture in front of it, post that picture on Facebook and/or Instagram with #ArvestFundsIt and you’re entered to win!

You get the point! While you’re there don’t forget to stop by the Arvest booth (#901) to visit with our friendly associates, learn about our products and services, and shoot some hoops!

Winner Selection
On Monday, March 13 we’ll choose one random winner on Facebook and one winner on Instagram to win a $200 gift card or a basketball toss game! Entrants are only eligible to win one of the two prizes.

Enjoy this year’s Tulsa Home and Garden Show! We look forward to seeing pictures of what you discover at the show!

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

Arvest associates and their immediate family are not eligible to participate in the contest. Winner will be determined by Arvest Bank. This contest is not sponsored, administered or associated with Facebook or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are at least 18 years of age, release Facebook and Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Facebook and Instagram’s terms of use. 

Tags: Community Support, Oklahoma, Tulsa

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