The Salvation Army – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Wednesday, September 10 at 03:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Salvation Army is currently one of the largest emergency food organizations in the world. The Salvation Army has been a part of Shawnee, Okla., since 1903 and Ada, Okla., since 1938. But, its roots date back to 1865 when William Booth, an ordained Methodist minister, started The Christian Mission in London to feed the hungry, provide shelter to the homeless and rehabilitate alcoholics. Twelve years later, the name changed to the Salvation Army, which has grown to be a familiar name to millions all over the world. In particular, the Salvation Army centers its efforts on the most vulnerable citizens, like seniors and children who are struggling to afford the most basic necessities of life.

Most of the Salvation Army’s programs are designed to involve community volunteers and effectively meet community needs. Volunteers from all walks of life strongly support The Salvation Army in almost all of its activities. The time and commitment of volunteers is essential to the success of the organization.

Volunteers are needed daily in Ada in the family store to help sort donations and to place items on the floor to sell. Also, volunteers are needed to help sort canned goods, make food baskets, ring bells at Christmas, and help with the Angel Tree – both packaging and distributing items for families in need.  Donations of time, money and gifts-in-kind are appreciated.

Arvest Bank is proud to hold the kick-off ceremony each year for the Angel Tree and the Red Kettle collection with a reception open to the community in Shawnee. Volunteers also ring bells at the post office to collect funds for the kettle drive.

Visit the Salvation Army of Ada online* to learn more about the organization.
 
To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

You can make a donation through any of the following methods:

  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, PO Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Purchase a Paper Can – Purchase a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any Arvest Bank branch. Each paper can purchased funds five meals. Donations of larger amounts also accepted.
  • Drop Off Food Items – All Arvest Bank branch locations will be accepting nonperishable food items. Donated items will be delivered to local food partners for distribution.

Arvest will donate on your behalf if you:

  • “Like” or "Share" a 1 Million Meals post on Arvest’s Facebook page.* Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf for every Facebook "like" or "share," resulting in five more meals toward the overall goal of one million meals.
  • "Follow" Arvest on Pinterest. If you follow Arvest Bank on Pinterest,* then Arvest will donate $1, which equals five meals, on your behalf.
  • "Retweet" our 1 Million Meals tweets from @ArvestBank* on designated promotion days – Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. For every retweet on those days, we’ll donate $1, or five meals, to your neighbors in need.

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, Shawnee
 

1 Million Meals Food Partner Spotlight: The Salvation Army

Thursday, September 12 at 09:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

In 1865 William Booth, an ordained Methodist minister, started The Christian Mission in London to feed the hungry, provide shelter to the homeless and rehabilitation for alcoholics. Twelve years later, the name changed to the Salvation Army, which has grown to be a familiar name to millions all over the world.

As of 2013, the Salvation Army is one of the largest emergency-food organizations in the world. The Salvation Army has been a part of Shawnee, Okla., since 1903 and Ada, Okla., since 1938. In particular, the Salvation Army centers its efforts on the most vulnerable citizens, like seniors and children who are struggling to afford the most basic necessities of life.

Many residents of Shawnee, Ada and the surrounding area have very difficult choices to make when financial hardship strikes. They can either choose to fix a car, pay a medical bill, buy food or diapers, or keep the gas or electricity turned on. The goal of the Salvation Army is to help people minimize the pain of making these choices by eliminating some of the hardships, like buying food or diapers. 

The Salvation Army owes its strength of service to the diversification of programs. Most of these programs are designed to involve community volunteers effectively to meet community needs. Volunteers from all walks of life strongly support The Salvation Army in almost all of its activities. The time and commitment of volunteers is essential to the success of the organization.

In Ada, volunteers are needed daily in the family store to help sort donations and to place items on the floor to sell. Also, volunteers are needed to help sort canned goods, make food baskets, ring bells at Christmas, and help with the Angel Tree – both packaging and distributing items for families in need.  Donations of time, money and gifts-in-kind are appreciated.

In Shawnee, Arvest Bank is proud to hold the kick-off ceremony each year for the Angel Tree and Kettle collection with a reception open to the community. Volunteers also ring bells at the post office to collect funds for the kettle drive.

Visit the Salvation Army of Ada online* to learn more about them.

To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

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, Oklahoma, Shawnee
 

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.

ARKANSAS

KANSAS

MISSOURI

OKLAHOMA

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
 

Arvest Sponsors Shawnee High School Academic Letter Jacket Recipients

Monday, December 17 at 09:05 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

For the past 29 years, Arvest has sponsored Shawnee High School Academic Letter Jackets.  Arvest recognizes the top five percent of the senior class by awarding students with letter jackets along with a $1000 scholarship from Oklahoma Baptist University.  On Monday, December 10th 2012, we recognized the 2012-13 honorees.

Chris M. Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer announced, “Arvest is proud to continue this tradition of recognizing the top of the senior class with a letter jacket.  This year we are awarding 17 students with letter jackets.   I would like to encourage you to take a moment and thank your parents for the support and encouragement they have given you through the years.  Also, in the next few days, thank your teachers for what they have done for you during these past years.  While you have certainly achieved a great honor, your parents and teachers have played a role in your achievement as well.”

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Tags: Community Support, Oklahoma, Shawnee
 

1 Million Meals Spotlights The Salvation Army of Ada, Okla.

Friday, October 05 at 05:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Salvation Army’s roots date back to 1865 in London when it was originally known as “The Christian Mission.”  Started by William Booth, an ordained Methodist minister, The Christian Mission was heavily involved in the feeding and sheltering of the hungry and homeless and in the rehabilitation of alcoholics.  Twelve short years later, the name changed to the Salvation Army, which has grown to be a familiar name to millions all over the world.

As of 2012, the Salvation Army reaches 124 countries, making it one of the largest emergency-food organizations in the world.

The Salvation Army has been a part of Ada, Okla. since Feb. 1, 1938.  In particular, Ada centers their efforts on the most vulnerable citizens, like seniors and children who are struggling to afford the most basic necessities of life.

Many residents of Ada and the surrounding area have very difficult choices to make when financial hardship strikes.  They can either choose to fix a car, pay a medical bill, buy food or diapers, or keep the gas or electric turned on.  The goal of the Salvation Army is to help people minimize the pain of making these choices by eliminating some of the hardships these people face, like buying food or diapers. 

Volunteers from all walks of life strongly support The Salvation Army in almost all of its activities.  Their time and commitment are essential to the success of the organization.  The Salvation Army owes its strength of service to the diversification of programs.  Most of these programs are designed to involve community volunteers effectively to meet community needs.

In Ada, volunteers are needed daily in the Family Store to help sort donations and to place items on the floor to sell.  Also, volunteers are needed to help sort canned goods and make food baskets as well as ringing bells at Christmas time and helping with the Angel Tree efforts. Donations of time, money, and gifts-in-kind are appreciated.

As a food partner for 1 Million Meals, The Salvation Army of Ada, Okla. and the other 43 local emergency food organizations will be directly benefiting from the one million meals raised.  Help us help them.

Visit the Salvation Army of Ada online to learn more about this local food partner. 
 

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Oklahoma, Shawnee
 

Help Us Raise One Million (More) Meals

Wednesday, August 22 at 05:10 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

That’s right – we’re gearing up to raise one million meals to help fight hunger in your communities!  Last year, with the help of our customers, associates and those in our communities, we were able to surpass our goal by raising 1.2 MILLION MEALS.  A round of applause to everyone who had a hand in making our first year such a success.  This year, with your help, we hope to do it again. 

1 Million Meals will kick off September 5 and wrap up on November 3.  For two months, Arvest associates, customers and community members will be committed to donating food items and monetary donations to help feed our neighbors throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.  There are 48.8 million Americans who are unable to get the nutritious food they need on a daily basis.  And, out of the 50 states, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma are within the top 25 states affected by food hardship.

The goal of 1 Million Meals isn’t to solve the hunger issue, but it is to help out many of our neighbors in need and to increase awareness of the harsh reality by all.

This year, we have partnered with 44 food banks and other emergency food organizations across our footprint.   All food and donations raised this year will be presented to these local organizations.  Participating food banks and organizations are listed below by state:

ARKANSAS

KANSAS

MISSOURI

OKLAHOMA

Come Sept. 5, we'll need your help to reach the one million meals goal. Expect more information to come as September approaches. We hope you join us then as we strive to help out those in need. 

Do you have a question about 1 Million Meals?  Comment on this blog article. 
 

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Associates, Bartlesville, Bentonville, Charitable Giving, Community Support, 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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