Crafty Youngins’ Create Hope – People Helping People Series

Friday, August 11 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

“As a parent, I don’t know if there’s anything better than watching your kids become better than you are,” said Robin Young, the mother of three children who are dedicated to helping their community. “I don’t really remember a time where the kids weren’t interested in giving back to others.”

Robin’s children are entrepreneurs who give back to their community.

According to the middle “Youngin’” Tristan, this all started back in April 2016. They create a variety of products like bags, canvases, prints and wooden artworks.

 “We wanted to help others who weren’t as fortunate as we are,” Tristan said.
 
The Young kids feature one charity per month and give back 12 percent.

 “We’ve been in business for about two years now and we’ve given about $1,000,” the oldest, Caleb said.

“The products are mostly a group effort,” Caleb said. “We’ll all think up an idea and my dad and I will work on the designs.”

The kids’ dad, Bryan, owns a sign and graphics digital printing company, according to Robin. The shop allows the kids to print canvas, make note cards and vinyl prints.

“I’m grateful for my parents because without them we might not be able to own a business,” Tristan said. “Our dad teaches us how to do things and our mom comes up with the ideas.”

The youngest “Youngin’” is Alyssa and she believes they can make a difference in the world. “We see the need to help other people because we don’t want them to be hurt or left alone,” Alyssa said.

Caleb said what keeps them motivated is knowing they are helping people who are abused or scared. They help charities like the Children’s Safety Center.

“It’s so great to see the Young family out in the community helping others,” said Emily Fisher, Children’s Safety Center development director. “It’s all about kids helping kids and it’s just a really neat way to give back and they’re also learning business skills at the same time.”

According to Alyssa, the siblings rely on each other for help. “We’re very supportive of each other so if one needs help, the other two will help them,” Alyssa said. For Robin, having the children run their own business has allowed her to teach them things they would not normally know. She said she teaches them that they can be part of the solution or part of the problem.

“You know they just believe that they really can make a difference. And they are determined to be part of the solution,” Robin said.


Watch* the Young family in action.

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

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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. 

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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.

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

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.

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

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

Thursday, June 01 at 02:50 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
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.  
 
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Tags: Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Little Rock, People Helping People
 

Esmeralda Ramirez Encourages Peer Community Involvement – People Helping People Series

Wednesday, May 17 at 02:10 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
As a 17 year old high school student, Esmeralda Ramirez keeps herself busy. Between finishing her junior year and being the student council president, she has accomplished many things in a short amount of time. But nothing compares to her biggest accomplishment. She runs the Saturday meal program at the Jackson House*, a crisis center for those in need in Hot Springs, Ark. Her efforts impact more than those in need. She’s also a role model to her peers and encourages them to see how they can make their community better. Watch Esmeralda in action.
 
Esmeralda’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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