Bright Futures - Carthage – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Thursday, September 18 at 05:20 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Bright Futures – Carthage was formed two years ago to address the ongoing student needs in the Carthage, Mo., community. The program was based off of Bright Futures USA which connects students with community resources to help all children learn, lead and serve to their full potential. In Carthage, the program has grown significantly in the last year compared to the first year and is now able to help more children because of community support.

Bright Futures* helps communities connect so they can rally together to meet the needs of their children. Through developing relationships, supporting education, removing barriers and channeling resources, children are empowered to travel their pathway to success. 

With just two employees, the organization relies heavily on about 500 volunteers. The Carthage organization has several volunteer opportunities depending on the site council. Opportunities include activities like reading to a child, eating lunch with a child or greeting children as they walk in the doors every morning. 

Bright Futures – Carthage is located at 800 Grant St., Carthage, Mo. To learn more about the organization, visit them on Facebook* or contact Sarah Johnson, Bright Futures coordinator, at (417) 758-0899 or

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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, Missouri
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