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

Android Pay is now Google Pay

Thursday, March 01 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Android Pay is being replaced with Google Pay. With Google Pay, you’ll have everything you loved about Android Pay with a fresh look and new features. All of the information you’ve added and your Android Pay settings will be the same on Google Pay.

If you’re already using Android Pay, you don’t need to do anything to get started with Google Pay. The next time you update your Android Pay app, it’ll become Google Pay. Learn how to update your app*.

You can enjoy all the benefits and security of your Arvest Bank debit card while using Google Pay. It's the simple, secure and private way to make purchases using compatible Android™ devices.** With the Google Pay app, you can snap a photo of your card and place your unlocked device near a contactless terminal to make purchases at more than a million stores*, online, and in apps.

Use Arvest Debit Cards on Google Pay

Google Pay provides privacy and security during and after each transaction by:

  • Allowing you to leave your card in your purse or pocket;
  • Using a unique virtual account number instead of your actual card number; and
  • Sending you a notification (including the name and number of the store) after every transaction.

Arvest Google Pay Terms and Conditions (PDF)

** Google Pay is only compatible on Android devices that run KitKat 4.4 or later. Cardholders don't need to have NFC-enabled devices to use Google Pay for online transactions using virtual account numbers (e.g., network tokens).

Google Pay is a trademark of Google LLC. Android, Google Pay, and the Google Logo are trademarks of Google LLC. 

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



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

Bartlesville to Host Annual March Mania

Thursday, March 01 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank will host its annual March Mania on March 15-16.

The event will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Arvest branch located at 4225 S.E. Adams. Customers are encouraged to drop by and watch locally broadcast NCAA Tournament games on big-screen TVs supplied courtesy of Steve’s TV. Snacks will be served.

Customers also are encouraged to fight local hunger by dropping off monetary donations or food items. All proceeds and food items will benefit Mary Martha Outreach.

For more information, please call Susan at (918) 337-3439.

Tags: Bartlesville

OKC Team Supports AHA’s Heart Ball

Thursday, March 01 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank – Oklahoma City is proud to have supported the 2018 American Heart Association’s Heart Ball – held Feb. 10 – at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 

The event, in its 37th year, was co-chaired by Arvest Bank president Ron Witherspoon and his wife, Nicole. Numerous other Arvest associates volunteered at the event as well. 

The entertaining evening included dinner, dancing and an auction, bringing together prominent members of the health, philanthropic and local business communities. Through the support of local sponsors, patrons and “sweetheart” families, more than $5.1 million has been raised within the last 10 years to fund research, education and community programs and services in the metropolitan area. 

For more information about the American Heart Association, please visit

Tags: Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

3 Ways to Refresh Your Finances

Monday, February 26 at 02:00 PM
Category: Personal Finance

Each New Year presents an opportunity for you to refresh your financial outlook with a clear perspective. By reflecting on the past year and setting priorities for 2018, you can take control of your money.

Here are three suggestions to help you put your best financial foot forward this year.

1.     Look back to get ahead. Though it may not always be an enjoyable experience, looking back at your 2017 finances can help you move forward in a positive financial direction in the New Year. Identify your successes, find patterns and see how you can replicate those in 2018. If you discover any budget missteps, don’t dwell on them. Instead, ask yourself what you could have done to have avoided them all together. If there are any problem areas that could potentially come up again this year, try to avoid those pitfalls by better preparation. You can use these resources to help with money management and planning. The linked educational portal has information and calculators you can use to help you understand things like how to build an emergency fund, how much you can afford towards a car or home, or how long it will take you to pay off a credit card balance. 

2.     Seize opportunities to spend smarter. Analyze what you spend your money on. It is beneficial to create a spending plan to help you understand where you currently stand and to chart a course for the future. It is also helpful to take a look at how you make your purchases. You can get the most out of your everyday spending by taking advantage of smaller, established financial authorities that offer rewards and bonus opportunities on smart spending solutions. Arvest Flex Rewards™ Credit Cards offer up to a $75 bonus for new credit card accounts from now until June 30. In addition, during the months of March and April, card users can earn three times rewards points on gas and travel purchases. Rewards points can ultimately be redeemed for cash back, statement credits, travel, gift cards and more. You can apply online. Remember to be responsible when using your credit cards—paying off the balance each month will build a strong credit history.  

3.     Plan for big expenses. Don’t let big purchases sneak up on you this year. For instance, if you know your family wants to take a vacation this year, start planning now. Timing is important; plan your trip around airline sales or hotel deals to see a huge difference in your wallet. Some websites, like,* allow you to sign up for alerts when tickets to your desired destination go on sale. You can also use your credit card rewards points to help you pay for your travel expenses, baggage fees and more. 

The New Year is a perfect time to get serious about your finances and set a positive pace for smart spending and saving.

The views of this article are for general information use only. Please contact and speak with a subject expert or your banker when specific advice is needed.

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