Arvest Bank Hosts Free Shred-A-Thon in Mountain Home

Monday, March 25 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank and Shred-It will host a free Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arvest Bank branch located at 2619 Hwy 62 in Mountain Home.


Businesses and the general public are invited to bring any personal or confidential documents that need to be properly disposed of to help guard against identity theft. All documents will be shredded on-site so residents can be assured the documents have been destroyed.

Although shredding services are offered free of charge, participants are invited to make a monetary donation to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. Donations help provide food for the organization’s backpack program, and to other organizations across North Central Arkansas that operate a backpack program in conjunction with the food bank. Backpack programs provide snacks for school children on weekends when they don’t have access to school meal programs. In Baxter County alone, more than 600 children benefit from the backpack program. The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas serves tens of thousands of families across a nine county area.

“Several food pantries face challenges each year to keep their shelves stocked during the late spring and summer months when there is an increased demand for food,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “Our annual Shred-A-Thon event provides the community with an opportunity to reduce the chance of being a victim of identity theft, while helping local neighbors who are facing food insecurity.”

The 2018 Shred-A-thon resulted in 10,500 pounds of paper being shredded and cash donations that provided 13,500 meals through the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. This is the 10th annual event. Since 2010, more than 73,500 pounds of paper have been shredded and recycled. In addition, more than $14,964 has been raised for the Mountain Home community.  

The Shred-A-Thon is one of several projects Arvest Bank is holding to help reduce hunger in Baxter County as part of the bank’s annual Million Meals campaign. The two-month campaign encourages communities to contribute food or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location across the four-state area the bank serves, through June 1.

One grassroots project exclusive to North Central Arkansas is Arvest’s “Feed the Pack” Day that will be held on Friday, April 26 this year. During this one-day donation blitz, volunteers in Mountain Home, Gassville, Bull Shoals, Flippin and Yellville will collect monetary donations at the corner of Hwy. 62 and Cardinal Dr. in Mountain Home and outside of Harps in Mountain Home and Yellville, Walmart in Mountain Home and Flippin, Harps in Bull Shoals, Fred’s in Yellville and SunFest in Gassville, all in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.

“In 2018, we distributed 2.6 million pounds of food through the food bank alone,” said Jeff Quick, president and CEO of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. “While that is a tremendous amount of food, we still have a big need in our community. Food insecurity is a community issue that requires a community response.”

Local radio station KTLO will broadcast live from the Shred-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to noon, with an opportunity for listeners to open the station’s popular treasure chest. There is a limit of five boxes per household for shredding. 

About Arvest
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 270 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 14 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 135 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.

About Arvest Wealth Management
Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.

About Shred-it
Shred-it is the nation’s largest provider of on-site shredding services. Since 1999, Shred-it of Arkansas has provided document destruction services for hundreds of companies of all sizes across the state. Secure document destruction services provided by Shred-it are designed to ensure customers meet legislative requirements. The company focuses exclusively on secure, cost-effective, convenient and environmentally friendly document destruction services.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Mountain Home
 

Arvest Bank to Host Free Shred-A-Thon in Harrison

Monday, March 25 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

UPDATE: We will be hosting this event across the street at the former Bear State location (1401 HWY 62/65 N, Harrison AR 72601) to make use of the covered area there!

 

Arvest Bank and Shred-It will host a free Shred-A-Thon for the Harrison community on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arvest Bank branch located at 1402 Hwy 62-65 North at the corner of Hester Drive.


The Harrison community is invited to bring personal documents that need to be disposed of properly to reduce the risk of having confidential information compromised and their identity stolen. There is a limit of five boxes per household for shredding.

“When it comes to protecting their identity, both digitally and with printed documents, consumers need to take advantage of every safety measure possible,” said Scott Tennyson, market president for Arvest Bank in Harrison. “Our annual Shred-A-Thon provides our community with a trusted resource for shredding documents, while also protecting the environment through recycling.”

Document shredding will take place on-site, so residents can be assured that personal information has been destroyed. The event is free, but monetary donations will be accepted to support Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization, to help feed hungry families in the Harrison community.

The Shred-A-Thon is one of several projects Arvest Bank is holding to help fight hunger in Boone County, as part of the bank’s annual Million Meals campaign that lasts through June 1.  As part of the Million Meals campaign, Arvest encourages associates, customers and the general public to drop off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank branch across the four-state area the bank serves. The goal is to collect a minimum of one million meals across the bank’s footprint to reduce food insecurity in local communities. All donations to the campaign remain local.

During the past three years, a total of 24,175 pounds of paper have been destroyed at the Shred-A-Thon and cash donations on-site provided 13,152 meals to those who receive food through Ozark Share and Care.

Refreshments will be available at the Shred-A-Thon while supplies last and radio station 102.9 “The Z” will broadcast on-site from 10 a.m. to noon.

About Arvest
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 270 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 14 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 135 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.

About Arvest Wealth Management
Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.

About Shred-it
Shred-it is the nation’s largest provider of on-site shredding services. Since 1999, Shred-it of Arkansas has provided document destruction services for hundreds of companies of all sizes across the state. Secure document destruction services provided by Shred-it are designed to ensure customers meet legislative requirements. The company focuses exclusively on secure, cost-effective, convenient and environmentally friendly document destruction services.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Harrison
 

Arvest Bank Hires Funa in Rogers

Friday, March 22 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Alicia Funa as a commercial banker in Rogers.

Funa will be based out of the Arvest branch located at 201 W. Walnut St., and will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties. Prior to joining Arvest, Funa spent 16 years with Tyson Foods, including positions in sales and corporate accounting working with fixed assets and capital project requests.

Funa earned a bachelor’s degree in business, with a double major in accounting and finance and banking at the University of Arkansas. She later earned a master’s in operations management at the university.

“Alicia never forgot that banking was her first love and decided to make this career change to fulfill her longtime dream,” said Payne Brewer, commercial loan manager for Arvest in Benton County. “We are lucky to have this opportunity to pick up a great teammate, and know that her knowledge and expertise will benefit not just the bank, but more importantly, our customers.”

Among other civic endeavors, Funa currently serves as communications chair for the Circle of Friends of Arkansas Children’s Northwest, and is an active member of the American Heart Association and Network of Executive Women.

Funa and her husband, Ryan, live in Fayetteville with their two children.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest
 

Arvest Bank Announces Gardisser’s Move to Village on the Creeks

Friday, March 22 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Marisha Gardisser has moved to its Village on the Creeks location, where she will serve as a mortgage lender.

Gardisser, who most recently worked as a dual purpose lender in Gravette, has six years of banking experience. In her new role, she will serve as a decision-making resource for customers, providing guidance to them in an effort to find solutions tailored for their unique mortgage needs, among other responsibilities.

“We are thrilled to have Marisha take on this role,” said Maria Lau, mortgage loan manager for Arvest in Benton County. “She has a particular passion for helping first-time homebuyers, but is dedicated to providing an exceptional experience to her clients regardless of the circumstances. Her expertise will be a tremendous asset to both the bank and our customers.” 

Gardisser earned an associate degree at Barstow (Calif.) Community College, is a board member for the Benton County 4-H Foundation, and an active member of the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, among other civic endeavors.

Gardisser and her husband, Matt, live in Tontitown with their two sons.

Tags: Arvest
 

Russellville Choir Boosters Receive Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, March 14 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Russellville High School Choir will be able to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Russellville High School in Russellville. Shawn Bates, community bank president of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check to Matthew Foy, choral director at Russellville High School, and Mark Gotcher, superintendent of the Russellville School District.

The Arvest Foundation donation to the Russellville Choir Boosters will help the students with the costs associated with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

 “The $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation will help make students' dreams of performing at Carnegie Hall become reality,” Foy said. “With this generous donation, we will be able to provide the students with some meals and transportation while in New York City. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students and I would like to thank Arvest for helping this dream come to fruition.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Russellville Choir Boosters and the Russellville School District who have dedicated their time to providing and improving the lives of our students in the Russellville area,” Bates said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to our local community and support to the education of our students.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

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