Winners of We Love OK Teachers Campaign!

Monday, November 07 at 06:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We’re pleased to announce the 25 winners from across Oklahoma for our We Love OK Teachers campaign! Each winner will receive $500 to be used for classroom needs!

The winners are:
  • Larissa Duggar – Dewey Elementary School (Dewey, Okla.)
  • Stephanie Walker – Will Rogers Elementary School (McAlester, Okla.)
  • Rhonda Ernst – Hoover Elementary School (Tulsa, Okla.)
  • Jana Patterson – Union High School (Tulsa, Okla.)
  • Kimberly McKinley – Central High School (Tulsa, Okla.)
  • Michele Hofschulte-Colvin – Muskogee High School (Muskogee, Okla.)
  • Chrissy Waldhor – Greenwood Elementary School (Tahlequah, Okla.)
  • Crystal Wyatt – Pioneer Elementary School (Chickasha, Okla.)
  • David Leu – Empire Elementary School (Duncan, Okla.)
  • Faye Gregg – Elgin Middle School (Elgin, Okla.)
  • Sandy Sharkey – Crosby Park Elementary School (Lawton, Okla.) 
  • Denis Hoodenpyle Tulloh – Walters Elementary School (Walters, Okla.)
  • Jennifer Crosthwaite – Skyline Elementary School (Stillwater, Okla.)
  • Tim Pounds – Yukon High School (Yukon, Okla.)
  • Hailey Couch – Madison Elementary School (Norman, Okla.)
  • Mary Foreman – Northern Hills Elementary School (Edmond, Okla.)
  • Barbara Hurst – Horace Mann Elementary School (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
  • Sherri Bruce – Jarman Junior High School (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
  • Amy Fulbright – Indian Meridian Elementary School (Choctaw, Okla.)
  • Robbie Merrell – South Rock Creek Public School (Shawnee, Okla.)
  • Melissa Sadler – Grove High School (Grove, Okla.)
  • Jessica Trujillo – Jay Elementary School (Jay, Okla.)
  • Marlo Krug – Kansas Elementary School (Kansas, Okla.) 
  • Kim Davidson – Peavine Elementary School (Stillwell, Okla.)
  • Becky Cain – Westville Elementary School (Westville, Okla.)
The Arvest initiative to honor educators from a pool of more than 45 communities throughout the state by awarding more than $10,000 in prize money was launched on Oct. 17. Nominations were accepted via the Arvest Bank Facebook page. The awards come at a time when many school budgets across the state have been cut.

Towns included in the campaign were: Adair, Ada, Bartlesville, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Chickasha, Choctaw, Choteau, Coweta, Del City, Dewey, Duncan, Edmond, Elgin, Eufaula, Ft. Gibson, Glenpool, Grove, Jay, Jenks, Kansas, Lawton, McAlester, Moore, Muskogee, Norman, Nowata, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Owasso, Midwest City, Porter, Pryor, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Shawnee, Stillwater, Stilwell, Tahlequah, Tulsa, Vinita, Wagoner, Walters, Westville and Yukon.

Thank you to these deserving teachers for being special educators in their communities!
Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Duncan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Southwest Oklahoma, Tulsa

Float and Bake Sales Support United Way in Southwest Oklahoma

Thursday, July 31 at 07:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest in Southwest Oklahoma is proud to support the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma. We invite you to join with us by dropping in during our root beer float sale and bake sale in select Arvest branches in Duncan, Elgin, Lawton and Walters.

The root beer float sale is Aug. 1. Root beer floats, which includes a stadium cup, will be sold for $3.  Available at the following locations:

  • 4330 N.W. Cache Rd., Lawton
  • 5201 S.W. Lee Blvd., Lawton
  • 2902 E. Gore Blvd., Lawton
  • 2622 W. Gore Blvd., Lawton
  • 729 W. Main St., Duncan
  • 2203 N. Hwy. 81, Duncan
  • 7438 US Hwy. 277, Elgin
  • 924 W. Missouri, Walters

The bake sale is Aug. 15 at the following locations:

  • 5201 S.W. Lee Blvd., Lawton
  • 2902 E. Gore Blvd., Lawton
  • 729 W. Main, Duncan

Together we can support the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma* and help build our local community.

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, Duncan, Lawton, Oklahoma

1 Million Meals Food Partner Spotlight: Christians Concerned

Monday, September 09 at 10:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Christians Concerned provides assistance to individuals and families in crisis in the Duncan, Okla., area. It operates a food bank and provides limited financial assistance for items such as rent, utility bills, non-narcotic prescription drugs and gasoline for doctor’s appointments. In addition, referrals are made to other agencies that may be able to provide help beyond what Christians Concerned can offer.

Through the end of June 2013, Christians Concerned assisted 3,006 individuals in the Duncan area. This year there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of food assists and the City of Duncan utility bills over previous years. Of those assisted, 56 percent have no working income and 82 percent fall under poverty guidelines.

Christians Concerned was founded in 1969 by a group of individuals from different churches who chose to come together as one entity to best serve the needs of their community. They were committed to serving others in the name of Jesus Christ.

Christians Concerned has one part-time employee to help oversee the organization and nearly 60 volunteers who serve a myriad of tasks. Through the end of June 2013 the organization accrued 1,962 volunteer hours. Volunteers answer phones, enter computer data, pack food, help clients select food, sort donations, stock shelves, pick up orders from the Regional Food Bank, buy perishable items at the local grocery stores and more. Volunteers are an invaluable asset.

The organization is open by appointment only Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - noon and also from 1-3 p.m. It offers client choice on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Client choice allows the client the opportunity to “shop” for themselves, rather than having the organization pre-pack it for them. Clients go through the pantry with a volunteer who tells them quantity limits and then the client chooses the types of food they know their family will eat. This has proven beneficial both for the organization and the individual(s) receiving the food. Christians Concerned is not wasting food by giving clients items they will not eat and clients have the option to choose what they like.

Christians Concerned is located at 702 W. Willow, Duncan, Okla. The mailing address is PO Box 811, Duncan, OK 73534.
For more information please contact the organization at (580) 252-9120.

To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit

You can donate to 1 Million Meals in the following ways:

  • Call (866) 952-9523 to have the money debited from your account (only available to customers).
  • Visit your nearest Arvest Bank to make monetary or food donations.
  • Mail a check to Arvest Bank, P.O. Box 1640, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.

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, Duncan, Oklahoma

Arvest Partners With 53 Organizations to Provide One Million Meals for Local Hungry Families

Thursday, August 22 at 11:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We’re gearing up to raise one million meals to help fight hunger in your communities! The goal of 1 Million Meals is to help out many of our neighbors in need and to increase awareness of the local need for food.

1 Million Meals will kick off Sept. 4 and wrap up on Nov. 2. For two months, Arvest associates, customers and community members will participate in nonperishable food drives and fundraising efforts to help feed our neighbors throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. There are more than 50 million Americans who are struggling to put food on the table, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). And, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma are within the top 25 most food insecure states, according to the USDA.

This year, we have partnered with a number of food banks and other emergency food organizations across our footprint. All nonperishable food and monetary donations raised this year will be presented to these local organizations. Participating food banks and organizations are listed below by state.





Last year, with the help of our customers, associates and those in our communities, we provided 1.3 MILLION MEALS! This year, our third year of the campaign, we hope to do even more!

Starting Sept. 4, we'll need your help so expect more information to come. We hope you join us in the fight against hunger!

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

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Bartlesville, Bentonville, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Duncan, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Joplin, Kansas, Kansas City, Lawton, Little Rock, Missouri, North Central Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Prairie Grove, Rogers, Shawnee, Siloam Springs, Springdale, Springfield, Tulsa

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