Louise Allison Lights New Paths for Survivors - People Helping People Series

Friday, November 24 at 02:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Nov. 24, 2017 – It would have been understandable if Louise Allison was satisfied with surviving and overcoming a period of time most can’t fathom.

“I'm a survivor of sexual assault and sex trafficking,” Allison said. “It happened to me when I was a kid. I was on the streets for about two years in the sex industry.”

More than two decades after being rescued from that horror – and some would say miraculously rebuilding her life – Allison came to a realization she couldn’t shake.

“I think I hid from that darkness and hid from that secret for years, and as an adult when I began to recognize or come to grips with the things that had happened to me when I was younger,” Allison said, “I also realized I was not the only one out there. It's still going on… There's a lot of people that need help.”

That’s how Allison came to leave a career in nursing administration to form Partners Against Trafficking Humans* (PATH).

“We are no longer victims of sexual assault. We are no longer victims of sex trafficking,” Allison said. “We are survivors."

“And that surviving helps another girl realize that you can get past this and you, too, can become a survivor.”

Allison is the 26th 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.”

The MarCom 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. Allison’s video will launch on Nov. 24.

Part of PATH’s mission is to advocate on behalf of those victimized by sex-trafficking and provide them trauma-focused restorative care. Allison’s video gives a glimpse of not just how she has impacted many survivors, but how some of those survivors have been inspired to help others as well. Those who want to learn more are encouraged to visit pathsaves.org.

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 16 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.

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

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Little Rock, People Helping People
 

Local Teams Set to Tip Off Basketball Season at Arvest Classic

Monday, November 20 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to host one of the most-anticipated early season boys basketball tournaments in the area, the Arvest Classic. 

The Arvest Classic will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 2, and hosted by Springfield’s (Mo.) Parkview High School. Formerly known as the MBCA Hall of Fame Classic, this year’s eight-team tournament features two other local schools, Springfield’s Kickapoo High School and Nixa High School.
 
Five out-of-area teams will compete as well. Those teams are: De Smet Jesuit, Fayetteville (Ark.), Lafayette (Wildwood), Lafayette (St. Joe), and Raytown.
 
“The start of basketball season is always an exciting time, and we’re looking forward to seeing these teams in action,” Arvest Bank Springfield president Brad Crain said. “In addition to providing these teams with what we expect to be highly competitive games, the Arvest Classic should help them prepare for their conference seasons as well. We can’t wait for tip-off.”
 
Lafayette (Wildwood) will play Lafayette (St. Joe) in the opener at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30. That game will be followed by Nixa vs. Fayetteville (Ark.). Host Parkview will play De Smet Jesuit at about 7 p.m., and Kickapoo will take on Raytown in the opening-day finale.
 
Friday games also start at 4 p.m., while Saturday’s action begins at 11 a.m. The tournament championship game is expected to start at about 4 p.m. on Saturday.
 
About Arvest 
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 16 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: Fayetteville, Springfield
 

Arvest Winterfest Celebrates 10 Years in Tulsa with Photo Contest

Friday, November 17 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Winterfest is happy to announce its return to Downtown Tulsa for its 10th year on Nov. 24! Winterfest welcomed more than 150,000 visitors in 2016. The seasonal celebration is open to the public for 45 days this year, giving everyone a chance to enjoy skating beneath Tulsa's skyline. Come lace up your skates and take in what has become one of Tulsa's favorite holiday traditions!

To celebrate this great tradition, we are giving away some great prizes. Now through Dec. 21, all you have to do is comment on the contest post on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ArvestBank*) with a photo of your child with his or her letter to Santa. Multiple winners will be randomly selected throughout the contest, and will be announced on our Facebook page as they are chosen. A Grand Prize winner will be selected on Dec. 21.

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.

For more information about Winterfest, please visit http://tulsawinterfest.com/*.

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

Prizes:

  • 4 tickets to Paw Patrol & 4 tickets to Winterfest on Nov. 25   
    • Valued at $228
    • Winner chosen Nov. 21
  • 4 tickets to Winterfest and Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 9
    • Valued under $148
    • Winner chosen Nov. 30
  • Arvest Prize Pack (Includes 4 skate tickets, winter hat, & buffalo mug filled with goodies)
    • Valued under $100
    • 2 Winners, chosen Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 
  • 6 tickets to Tulsa Oilers Game and 6 tickets to Winterfest on Dec. 30
    • Valued at $282
    • Winner chosen Dec. 21 
  • Grand Prize – Nintendo Switch gaming system & 4 tickets to Winterfest
    • Valued at $348
    • Winner chosen Dec. 21

 

 

 

Tags: Tulsa
 

Engineer Develops 'Extraordinary' Possibilities - People Helping People Series

Friday, November 10 at 03:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Nov. 07, 2017 – Tom Jakobs’ professional aspiration is as daunting as it is admirable.

“I specialize in helping people with very severe disabilities to live more independently and to pursue their life goals,” said Jakobs, founder of the nonprofit corporation, Be Extraordinary* (Be-X).

It’s a pursuit easier said than done, but Be-X’s track record speaks for itself. According to the organization’s website – be-x.org – it has an 84% success rate in terms of promoting its clients’ quality of life through the effective use of technology. A bioengineer, Jakobs said that kind of success is determined on a case-by-case basis. “Sometimes success is just having a little more ability that what you had before,“ he said.

Jakobs is the 25th 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.

In the case of Shawn Egan, Jakobs’ – and Be-X’s – charge was to give him the capability to use a phone. Egan suffered a spinal cord injury while cutting a tree that left him paralyzed. Through years of patience that included securing grant money in addition to numerous technical trials and errors, Be-X finally was able to find a solution that allows Egan to independently place and receive calls, as well as text.

The result is that he can help with his family’s rental business, and he also serves on a couple of local boards of directors. Having that capability is beyond what Egan set as a goal for himself after his injury. “When I got hurt back in 2011, that was my big goal then – and that’s still my goal – is to get my kids out of school,” Egan said. “Just be here long enough to see they get graduated, they become adults, and they move into the life that they want.” Even so, thanks to the efforts of Be-X, Egan is able to work from home and help his children with their homework, things that didn’t seem possible at different times after his injury. In his words, that allows Egan “to contribute to society.” And that’s a big win for all involved.

About Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 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

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

  Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Fort Smith, People Helping People
 

New Mobile Banking Experience Coming Soon

Friday, November 10 at 01:15 PM
Category: Arvest News

We’ve got a completely new mobile banking experience coming soon! Our new mobile app will offer:

  • Fast and secure fingerprint login
  • Quick View access to your account details saving you time
  • A sleek and functional design with the ability to customize

These enhancements, along with standard mobile banking functions like Mobile Check Deposit, BillPay and the ability to easily transfer funds to and from your accounts, will make managing your finances on your phone both convenient and fun!

You’ll also be able to set up and manage alerts, send us secure messages and easily find branches and ATMs near you using your phone’s GPS.

When the new app is launched, it will be available for download on the App Store® and Google Play™ for customers who have an iPhone® or Android™ device.

Taking advantage of the optimized mobile app will be simple. If you haven’t already, you can enroll in online banking with an associate to receive a username and password. Once the app is released, you can download it for free from your phone’s application store and log in using those credentials. Your first login can be directly from the new app.

Current mobile banking customers will be able to download the new app and log in using the same username and password they have always used.

Please note that while we will still offer our previous mobile banking app, now referred to as Arvest Classic, it will not be further updated or modified with new features. The new app will be updated regularly with new features and functionality.

Stay tuned to our blog, Facebook*, Instagram* and Twitter* for more information on this exciting update!

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

 

Tags: Online Banking with BlueIQ™, Online Services, Technology

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