Tron Peterson Cares for Veterans – People Helping People Series

Friday, June 30 at 02:15 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

“There is no greater joy than seeing hope restored in a veteran’s life,” said Tron Peterson, who has spent the past decade helping veterans adjust to life after the military.

“I really started seeing the veterans coming back injured, maybe with PTSD, and just ready to give up a lot of times,” Tron said. 

“They would go over there so many times, confident, and they would come back and, for a lot of them, it was hard to cope with society. And so I thought, what can I do as an individual?”

That’s why he created Peterson Outdoors Ministries*. His organization provides recreational therapy for injured veterans, with the goal of helping them redefine their purpose in life.

“I really felt that it was put on my heart to have a place that would facilitate those with severe disabilities where they could stay on the property as a family,” Tron said. The organization takes injured veterans outdoors for a range of activities, including fishing and shooting clay pigeons.

“Just to see them interacting again and seeing that joy on their face makes it all worthwhile, he said.

Michael Zittle, a veteran of the Army, has participant in the program. “I was injured twice in service. Once in September 2010 and then again in February 2011. Later that year, I was medically retired from the Army,” Michael said. 

“[Peterson Outdoors Ministries] has a lot of adaptive equipment to help veterans or somebody with a disability to get out in the woods again and that brought a smile on my face,” Michael said. 

Adam Bracken is a volunteer with the organization. “You can see the impact. You can see tangible results. It’s not mailing a check somewhere,” Adam said. “It’s not putting a bumper sticker on your car that says, ‘Support our Troops.’ It’s meeting people who need help and providing them with the help they need.” 

According to Tron, veterans finding hope encourages him to continue his work. “You know there’s so much bad news in the country right now, but whenever you can see a life changed, you see a veteran and his family find hope again, that’s what’s exciting to me, that keeps me going,” he said.

WatchTron in action.

Tron’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. 

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Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People
 

Charolette Tidwell Supports Healthy Eating – People Helping People Series

Friday, June 16 at 05:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

At a young age, Charolette Tidwell realized the importance of community and how working together can make a huge impact in someone’s life.

“I was raised poor, with 10 kids in the house;” however, “my community always said, ‘You can be anything you want to be, you can do anything you want to do, but you can’t leave anybody behind,’” Charolette said.

Her upbringing inspired her to start the Antioch for Youth and Family* organization, which provides food assistance to approximately 7,000 people each month.

Charolette’s goal is to provide food for families and educate them on the importance of good nutrition. 

“Good food keeps you well,” Charolette said. “And it keeps you up, it keeps you mobile, it keeps your brain fed so that you’re able to think.”

Charolette has focused on planting and growing healthy food in a community garden. As more children come to work in the garden, Charolette has seen a big change in the community. 

“Now what the garden has done to this area is phenomenal. We see houses in these three block areas being refurbished. We see people walking with their dogs and walking over to the garden with their children and talking to the kids about the garden.”

Charolette hopes the project she began will blossom into an even greater contribution to her community.

“My dream is that there is a resurgence in the areas we’re in,” Charolette said. “That people care for people…that people are concerned for people and that people jointly lift each other.”

“It is a revitalization of a community, block by block. That’s what we intend to achieve,” Charolette said. 

Watch* Charolette in action.

Charolette’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. 

Keep an eye on our social media channels for videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.

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

Tags: Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People
 

Aaron Reddin Drives for a Better Future – People Helping People Series

Thursday, June 01 at 02:50 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Aaron Reddin spends his days serving the needs of the homeless. After working for years as a director for local shelters, he learned what homeless individuals deal with on a daily basis. That inspired him to leave his job and start his own organization* to meet their immediate needs. 
 
“It started with just emailing all my friends and telling them to cough up the coats they had in their closet one winter and loading it down in my Toyota Yaris,” Aaron Reddin said. “Just going out and finding people that needed a hand and needed a friend. And just doing what I could from there.”
 
He soon realized he needed a bigger vehicle to carry all the supplies. That’s how The Van* was created. Initially, Aaron received a well-used van from a total stranger who believed in the cause. Seven days a week, The Van provides clothes and other items to those who are homeless. He has since purchased a brand new van with cash from more than 500 donors.
 
The work of Aaron and his team give hope to those who need assistance.
 
Aaron’s work has expanded and now better serves those who are not close to a shelter, and who don’t have access to quality food.
 
“We’re about bringing dignity with stuff. So we said hey let’s start a garden. Let’s just start a garden and see what happens.”
 
“Never really thought it would turn into chickens and bees and all kinds of other things.”
 
As the garden grows, this food provides dozens of meals every night to the people “The Van” serves. 
 
Aaron knows the work is hard, but it hasn’t stopped him from trying to achieve his vision.
 
“My end goal is to work ourselves out of business. I would love for there to be no reason for this to exist because we did it,” Reddin said. 
 
Watch Aaron in action.
 
Aaron’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. 

Keep an eye on our social media channels for videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.  
 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution. 

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

Esmeralda Ramirez Encourages Peer Community Involvement – People Helping People Series

Wednesday, May 17 at 02:10 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
As a 17 year old high school student, Esmeralda Ramirez keeps herself busy. Between finishing her junior year and being the student council president, she has accomplished many things in a short amount of time. But nothing compares to her biggest accomplishment. She runs the Saturday meal program at the Jackson House*, a crisis center for those in need in Hot Springs, Ark. Her efforts impact more than those in need. She’s also a role model to her peers and encourages them to see how they can make their community better. Watch Esmeralda in action.
 
Esmeralda’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. 
 
Keep an eye on our social media channels for videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.  

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

Miss Ann and Miss Masalene – People Helping People Series

Monday, April 24 at 02:15 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Miss Ann Jones and Miss Masalene Jackson don’t let their age prevent them from helping others. At 93 years old, Miss Ann accompanies Miss Masalene, who is retired, to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma* each week. Together these ladies help the food bank reduce the problem of food insecurity in the area by sorting donations that help produce 339,000 meals each week. Their motivation for such dedicated service? Paying back help received during a time of need and setting an example of selflessness for posterity. Watch these inspiring women serve.

Miss Ann and Miss Masalene’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. 

Keep an eye on our social media channels for videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.  

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Oklahoma, People Helping People, Tulsa
 

Lori Dryer Feeds Her Neighbors – People Helping People Series

Monday, April 10 at 10:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
When Lori Dryer agreed to become the director of her local food pantry in 2008, she knew the task would be overwhelming. Since then the food pantry has evolved from providing emergency groceries to also providing a clothing closet and a place to receive personal hygiene products. The biggest addition is the home cooked meal provided each week to meet the growing problem of food insecurity in Lori's Tulsa, Okla., community. Lori recognizes she can’t solve everyone’s problems, but watch how she does what she can.

Lori’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. Check out other outstanding community members doing their part.

Keep an eye on our social media channels for videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.   

Tags: Charitable Giving, Community Support, Oklahoma, People Helping People, Tulsa

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