Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show Giveaway - #ArvestFundsItIn18

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

To celebrate the Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show, Arvest and @MetroAppliance are teaming up to offer a contest with great prizes, including a $2,000 Gas Fire Pit! Comment on our Facebook post, or post a photo on Facebook explaining your dream home improvement project for a chance to win! Include the following hashtag: #ArvestFundsItIn18.

Arvest associates and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Immediate family is defined as spouse, parent, child, sibling, or any other family member living in the associate’s home. Contest is open to the public. No purchase necessary to enter.


Arvest Bank to “Egg Yards” as a Fundraiser to Reduce Food Insecurity

Thursday, March 08 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank in Harrison is taking preorders for a fundraiser that will take the work off the Easter Bunny this Easter, while also raising money for a local food pantry.  

Bank associates will decorate the yards of Harrison residents with surprise-filled Easter Eggs the evening of Saturday, March 31, the eve of Easter Sunday.  Three different options are available; 35 eggs for $30, 55 eggs for $40 or 75 eggs for $50.  All of the money raised will benefit Ozark Share and Care, a local emergency services program that houses a food pantry and provides other necessary items.  

“Food insecurity is a problem that affects every community across America and it will always be an issue that needs our attention,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “While we can’t solve the problem altogether, we can respond as a community to consistently share our resources with those who don’t have food for every meal.” 

Tennyson said the Easter Egg fundraiser is a grassroots effort that is part of Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign.  The two-month campaign, that is in its eighth year, challenges Arvest associates, customers and the general public to donate non-perishable food items or monetary contributions at any Arvest Bank location across the four-state footprint of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas the bank serves.  The goal of the initiative is to collect the equivalent of one million meals that will be donated to local food pantries and other hunger relief organizations or programs.  All donations remain local.  

In the Harrison community alone, Arvest Bank has raised 181,830 meals for local food partners since the 1 Million Meals campaign began in 2011. 

Additional information on how to contribute to Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign may be found at

Tags: 1 Million Meals, North Central Arkansas

Get Your Armed Services YMCA Debit Card Today!

Wednesday, March 07 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

One of Arvest Bank’s missions is to be a good corporate citizen, which means it is important to Arvest to partner with non-profits that work to improve the communities across Arvest’s footprint. Today, Arvest Bank is proud to announce it has partnered with the Armed Services YMCA of Lawton-Fort Sill for a brand new debit card honoring our service members! 

The patriotic-themed debit card was designed by Emma Dinkel, a student at Flower Mound Elementary in Lawton, during a contest Arvest Bank put on during the ASYMCA’s annual Y-Fry in November 2017. Dinkel’s design was chosen by a panel of judges selected by ASYMCA Director Carol Herrick. 

“When I look at Emma’s design, I instantly smile. Her use of color, the flag and the soldier all came together and really embodies the Armed Services mission and values,” Herrick said. “Children never cease to amaze me. Their natural talent and ability inspire me daily at the ASYMCA. Looking at things from their perspective is vital, which is why opportunities for them to express themselves are important. I am so grateful to Arvest for hosting this opportunity with us and for investing in these young artists.” 

To celebrate the launch of the new debit card, Arvest Bank and the ASYMCA will recognize Emma during the ASYMCA’s Partner Member Breakfast on March 9. Arvest Bank has two employees on the board of the ASYMCA: Commercial Lender Mark Scott and Community & Business Relationship Advisor Gene Love.  

Drop by your nearest branch and get yours beginning this Friday!

Tags: Lawton

Arvest Bank Promotes Pence in Joplin

Monday, March 05 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

 Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Darci Pence has been promoted to the position of associate mortgage lender in Joplin. 

Pence has more than seven years of experience in the banking industry, most recently serving as a mortgage sales assistant. In her new role, Pence will work closely with the mortgage loan manager in the generation, evaluation, approval, processing, closing and servicing of real estate loans. She will be based out of the Arvest branch located at 701 S. Main St. 

Pence, who earned a degree in mass communications from Missouri Southern State University, lives in Joplin with her husband, Shane.


Tags: Associates, Joplin

Arvest Bank Video Series Features North Tulsa Mentor

Friday, March 02 at 04:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Beach Fosters Change Through Empowerment 

TULSA, Okla. (March 2, 2017) – Chris Beach doesn’t mince words. 

“North Tulsa is an area of a lot of hurt, a lot of pain,” he said, ticking off a list of woes – poverty, unemployment, crime and illiteracy, among others – that long have plagued its residents. 

Fortunately for those who live in north Tulsa, Beach is as passionate as he is candid. The founder of Tulsa YouthWorks, Beach moved to the area more than 15 years ago, and for the last 10 has poured his time and energy into creating a sea change. He has done so by working with the future of north Tulsa, its children. 

“We really felt like, ‘These kids are very talented. Is there something we can do?’” Beach said. “Not just help them with food, not just help them with recreation and field trips, but is there a way we can actually empower them to help change their own community?" 


Beach and those at Tulsa YouthWorks work with about 200 kids a year, using an after-school program and various camps to spend more than 200 days a year with them. The organization’s Pizza Factory teaches the children how to make pizzas and serve others. 


The service piece is critical, Beach said. In addition to making one pizza they take home for their families, each child makes another pizza to give to homeless or other needy north Tulsa residents. 

“The reason why we have them go out… If all we do is serve the kids and help them out with their lives, they'll be appreciative, but they're still in a victim mindset because of all the stuff that they've gone through in their life,” Beach said. “When we empower them to go out and serve others, it changes their whole mindset.” 


Beach is the 29th person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference. The idea came from the bank’s mission statement: “People helping people find financial solutions for life.” 

There are other components to Tulsa YouthWorks, including kids who go from making and delivering pizzas to making presentations to churches, businesses and civic groups in an effort to sell more pizzas. Part of each sale goes into a college savings fund in the name of the child who sold the pizza. 

Again, the idea is empowerment. 

“A lot of the kids, they start out when they're in kindergarten,” Beach said. “If you can imagine, all these years of making pizzas and selling pizzas, we hope to have a good, substantial amount for them when they’re ready for college.


“We're looking for companies out there who want to match the children, match all the scholarship funds so that when they go, it's not even what they've sold, but even double that. Again, the number one reason we find why these children don't go to college, flat-out their parents don't have the money to send them, and so that means the children don't get equipped to live out their dreams.” 


Even for the kids who may not go to college, Beach believes Tulsa YouthWorks provides them with a foundation for success by helping them academically and teaching them life skills. 

“The biggest ways that we define success at YouthWorks is, ‘Do the kids come and do they always feel loved here?’” Beach said. “Do they feel accepted? Do they feel like somebody actually believes in them? Do they feel like somebody is going to be there for them no matter what? That's why we're here 204 days out of the year.” 


The award-winning videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Beach’s video launched on March 2. 


About Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.


Tags: Oklahoma, People Helping People, Tulsa

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