Shred-To-Protect Event Aims to Reduce Financial Fraud in Tulsa, Okla.

Monday, May 15 at 03:15 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

We're proud to be the presenting sponsor of this shred event in Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Crime Stoppers will host the first annual Shred-To-Protect event on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event aims to reduce financial fraud in Tulsa by safely destroying paperwork that leaves victims vulnerable to scams and identity theft. The event is made possible by presenting sponsor Arvest and through a partnership with event sponsor Green Country Shredding and Recycling, as well as, event host and sponsor Promenade Mall. Additional sponsors include QuikTrip and Reasor’s. 

Participants may drive in to the Promenade Mall Southwest parking lot (4107 S. Yale Avenue) between the former Macy’s and next to McDonalds. Items will be gathered by volunteers from Arvest Bank, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department, Tulsa Police Department, and Tulsa Crime Stoppers to be shredded on-site. 

Shred-To-Protect is not only a resource for the Tulsa community but also a fundraiser for Tulsa Crime Stoppers. Donations for the Tulsa Crime Stoppers program will be accepted at the site. The non-profit program supports local law enforcement agencies by offering anonymous cash rewards to individuals who can help solve felony crimes, including crimes of financial fraud and identity theft. Residents and businesses will be invited to unload up to two boxes or three paper bags of documents from their vehicle that will be shredded on-site with deputies and officers present. Those unable to donate are still encouraged to take advantage of this free service. Participants will also receive coupons for area businesses.

To anonymously report suspects involved in committing financial crime, tipsters may call Tulsa Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS (2677), log on to www.tulsacrimestoppers.org*, or submit a tip through the  free Tulsa Tips app available in the iTunes Apple or Google Play stores. For more information about Shred-To-Protect event or to find out about sponsorship opportunities visit www.tulsacrimestoppers.org/event/shred-to-protect*

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

Tags: Community Support, Oklahoma, Press Release, Tulsa
 

Four Promoted in Tulsa, Okla.

Monday, May 01 at 04:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Barnes, Fine, Rowe and Stafford given VP titles.

TULSA, Okla. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce promotions for four of its branch sales managers in its Tulsa market.

Chris Barnes, Katrina Fine and Johna Rowe have been promoted to vice president.

Barnes is the branch sales manager at Arvest’s Vandalia branch in Tulsa. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at the University of Oklahoma and lives in Tulsa with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children.

Fine is the branch sales manager at Arvest’s Walmart Supercenter location in Muskogee and has 12 years of experience with the bank. During that time, she has managed three separate locations. Fine lives in Muskogee with her husband, Scott, and their two children, and volunteers with the Salvation Army.

Rowe has been with Arvest for 17 years and is branch sales manager at the bank’s Sapulpa location. She is an active member of Sapulpa Main Street and the Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce. Rowe lives in Mounds with her husband, Cory, and their two children.

Josh Stafford, branch sales manager at the bank’s branch at 1720 S. Muskogee Ave. in Tahlequah, has been promoted to assistant vice president. He has spent his entire career at this branch, holding numerous positions. He earned a degree in business administration at Northeastern State University and lives in Tahlequah with his wife, Mandi, and their daughter. Stafford is a Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, a board member for NeoHealth, and active member of Junior Achievement of Oklahoma.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Press Release, Tulsa
 

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: People Helping People
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: People Helping People
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:
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  • 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

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