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.

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, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People
 

Arvest Provides More than 1.8 Million Meals

Thursday, June 08 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Thank you for helping us raise 11 million-plus meals and $2 million-plus in seven-year history of initiative.

LOWELL, Ark. – Arvest Bank launched its annual 1 Million Meals initiative to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves two months ago. Today, the bank announced that with the help of customers and community members, it has exceeded the campaign goal by raising a total of 1,881,283 meals in the fight against hunger.

Launched in 2011, Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaigns have raised a seven-year total of 11,485,468 meals, which includes more than $2 million in funds given directly to the bank’s dozens of local food partners.

This year’s campaign total of 1,881,283 meals was made possible through donations from the bank, Arvest associates, customers and community members through fundraisers, events and nonperishable food drives in all Arvest branches throughout April and May. With summer here, the success of the campaign is especially meaningful because many schoolchildren will be without the meals they ordinarily receive at school.

We are thrilled to be able to provide – thanks to the hard work and generosity of our associates, customers and community members – these meals to our neighbors in need. We also hope 1 Million Meals has increased hunger awareness, and we remain committed to fighting hunger in our community long after this year’s initiative has ended. 

All money and food items raised through this campaign directly benefitted more than 70 different organizations feeding local communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

The bank’s decision to provide one million meals was based on the fact hunger is an issue in every community it serves. In 2015, more than 12 percent of American households surveyed were food insecure, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all household members. 

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma
 

Closed Memorial Day

Friday, May 26 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

All Arvest branches and customer service will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017, in observance of Memorial Day. We honor those who died while fighting to preserve our freedoms. America wouldn’t be what it is today without their sacrifice.    

We look forward to serving you during normal business hours Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

For your convenience you can bank 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using:

Tags: Arkansas, Holiday Hours, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma
 

Arvest Bank Named One of America’s Best Employers by Forbes

Thursday, May 25 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Company gets top ranking among retail banks.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arvest Bank has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017.

The bank ranked 208th out of the 500 businesses nationwide – with 5,000 or more full- or part-time associates – that scored highest in an independent survey of employees regarding satisfaction with their company. Additionally, Arvest is the highest-ranking community bank among all companies in the banking/financial services category and the only Arkansas-based company on the large employer list.

“Our goal at Arvest is to have happy and highly satisfied customers, and that simply can’t happen without highly motivated, well-trained and happy associates,” Arvest president and CEO Kevin Sabin said. “Ultimately, everything we do is about taking care of our customers and helping them find financial products and services that make their lives better.”

The results were determined by a survey conducted by research firm Statista that included almost 30,000 employees from 25 industries. Every employee was asked to anonymously rate their current employer – on a scale of zero to 10 – on how likely they would be to recommend their employer to family or friends. That rating was the biggest determining factor in the assessment. 

The second-most significant factor in the scoring was based on participants’ responses to identify good or bad employers in industries other than their own. Results of these two key elements produced scores for more than 1,800 employers nationwide. The remainder of the survey consisted of 35 other work-related topics.

This is the second year Forbes has compiled its list of America’s Best Employers, and the first time Arvest has been included. Assessments for the 2017 lists were conducted during a four-week period last year. 

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Award, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Press Release
 

Hunger Initiative Surpasses One Million Meals with Three Weeks Left to Give

Friday, May 12 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

We've reached our goal early! Let's see how much more we can give!

Arvest Bank announced in early April the beginning of its seventh annual 1 Million Meals initiative, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing meals to those in need. Today, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded one million meals, reaching the goal with more than three weeks remaining in the campaign. A total of 1,013,949 meals have been raised.

Arvest branches throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma have been participating in the 1 Million Meals initiative by collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations. These efforts will continue through June 3, with the donations given to the local communities Arvest serves later in the month.

Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families.

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Press Release

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