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Black Hills FCU Community Action Team - October Update

Rapid City, S.D (11/12/15) - Black Hills Federal Credit Union employees raised $1,200 for the Autism Society of the Black Hills during a free-will donation employee potluck this October.

The non-profit provides valuable support, education, and resources to individuals and families associated with autism, Asperger’s, or a Pervasive Development Disorder in the Black Hills. BHFCU employees cooked up a huge smorgasbord of entrees, appetizers and desserts for the occasion.

“It was inspiring to see our employees rally behind this great cause; providing not only the food, but also a tremendous donation out of their own pockets,” said Connie Price, chair of the Autism Society of the Black Hills CAT Project. “Our donation will help so many individuals, and families, adjust to their new world and succeed to the best of their abilities.”

BHFCU’s employees also donated $500 to the Children’s Home Society of South Dakota for their Gingerbread House Project last month. The project provides supplies for children to create their very own gingerbread house and enjoy a holiday party.

The Children’s Home Society provides emergency shelter, residential treatment and education, foster care and more for children and families throughout South Dakota. 

 In November, BHFCU employees will participate in a drive to collect coats for kids at our Hot Springs Member Service Center. Employees will also compete in a bake-off to benefit Youth and Family Services - Girls Incorporated of Rapid City, and volunteer for a Black Hills Habitat for Humanity project.


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Black Hills Federal Credit Union breaks ground

on new Member Service Center

Sturgis, S.D. (09/10/15) – Alongside City of Sturgis representatives and Mayor Mark Carstensen, Black Hills Federal Credit Union officially broke ground on its new Member Service Center in Sturgis on Thursday.

The branch, located at the corner of Junction Avenue and Lazelle Street, will provide thousands of Black Hills FCU members with convenient access to member benefits and services closer to home.

“We’ll be located at one of the busiest intersection in Sturgis, which provides us with the opportunity to further enrich the City of Sturgis’s potential,” said Roger Heacock, president and CEO of Black Hills FCU. “Sturgis has such a rich history and even brighter future. We want to be here to be a part of that.”

The 4,500 square foot branch will be Black Hills FCU’s 13th in South Dakota, and feature three drive-up lanes, one external ATM, and seven offices, said Jerry Schmidt, senior vice president of operations.  

The building’s architecture will feature a blend of modern design and natural materials to reflect the character and charisma of the Sturgis community, Schmidt said.

“Black Hills Federal Credit Union has worked hard to ensure that this branch will be a pillar of the Sturgis community for years to come,” Schmidt said. “We are excited to get started on this amazing new building that we hope will add even more charm to the Sturgis community.

Completion of the branch is scheduled for some time in late spring 2016, with an official opening day not yet scheduled.

Sturgis Groundbreaking

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New Ag Lending Department takes shape at

Black Hills Federal Credit Union

Rapid City, S.D. (09/4/15) – Black Hills Federal Credit Union now offers agricultural-based loans to its members through its new Ag-lending department.  

Black Hills Federal Credit Union provides a comprehensive set of products and services for its rural, agricultural-based members including operating loans, Ag-based real estate loans, equipment loans and more.

“This is a great opportunity for Black Hills Federal Credit Union to meet the needs of another segment of its member base,” said Don Weller, Agricultural Loan Manager for BHFCU. “And, in the coming weeks, I’ll be traveling hundreds of miles to meet many of those members face-to-face and discuss how BHFCU can help their operations continue to grow.”

Weller comes to Black Hills Federal Credit Union after 29 years as a farm loan manager at the Farm Service Agency, where he dealt with a diverse group of agricultural operations and loans.

DeeAnn Dietrich, senior vice president of lending and service at BHFCU, said that providing Ag lending opportunities will further position Black Hills FCU as a community partner in South Dakota’s agricultural community.

“With so many of our existing members being ranchers and farmers, and much of the area we serve being very rural and heavily steeped in agriculture, this was a great step for BHFCU,” Dietrich said. “We have had members asking for this service for years, and we are finally able to serve them, which is very exciting.”

Weller and his team will operate out of BHFCU’s Plaza Drive Member Service Center and serve members at branches throughout Western South Dakota.

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Black Hills Federal Credit Union prepares thousands of

students for a successful school year

Rapid City, S.D. (08/21/15) – Through generous donations from community partners, corporate sponsors, credit union staff and members, Black Hills Federal Credit Union collected more than 81,500 supplies during their 19th annual School Supply Drive this Summer.

Those supplies will assist more than 6,000 students in 60 schools across Western South Dakota, and significantly lessen the financial burden for many families in the area during back-to-school time.

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen the price of school supplies skyrocket, which makes it extremely hard for families on tight budgets to send their children back to school with all the necessary items for a successful year,” said Kylene Casanova, business development officer at BHFCU. ”This Drive is making it possible for students in 14 communities to start school on the right foot.”

Since June 17, BHFCU and area businesses have been collecting everything from pencils, pens, and backpacks, to compasses and crayons. BHFCU employees have spent countless hours counting, sorting, and packaging those supplies based on each school’s need, said Carol Brown, vice president of marketing & business development at BHFCU.

“This program is a community-wide effort to help our kids to not only learn, but to encourage them to stay in school and graduate,” Brown said. “BHFCU has been doing this for the last 19 years, and has a vested interest in seeing our children succeed and become the leaders of our community in the future. We plan on doing this for many years to come.”

On Friday, representatives from area schools were on hand to collect their school’s individual supplies during BHFCU’s “Load the Bus” celebration. Teachers will distribute those supplies in the coming weeks, as students head back to school.

School Supply Drive 15


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Black Hills Federal Credit Union donates $10,000 to WAVI

Rapid City, S.D. (07/29/15) – Black Hills Federal Credit Union contributed $10,000 to Working Against Violence, Inc.’s capital campaign on Tuesday. 

 The donation will aid Working Against Violence Inc.’s (WAVI) work to provide vital resources to those affected by instances of abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence in Rapid City and the surrounding areas.

 “The work that WAVI does is an important part of our community’s wellbeing, which is in line with BHFCU’s mission of people helping people,” said Roger Heacock, Black Hills Federal Credit Union president and CEO. “This donation is a way to help ensure that WAVI remains a safe and healthy place for families in need, well into the future.”

 BHFCU President Roger Heacock, members of BHFCU’s donation committee, and BHFCU’s WAVI liaison Laura Lytle, presented the check to WAVI Executive Director Mary Corbine and staff at WAVI’s office in downtown Rapid City on Tuesday.

 Additionally, BHFCU has supported this organization and its efforts through an annual supply drive/fundraiser during sexual assault awareness month in April. This drive has resulted in hundreds of donations from community members for the last 13 years.



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Black Hills Federal Credit Union makes first major donation
to 'Soap for Hope' campaign

Rapid City, S.D. (07/23/15) – Black Hills Federal Credit Union donated $1,000 to help to kick-start the Leadership Rapid City Class of 2014’s 'Soap for Hope' donation campaign on Thursday.

This is the first major donation by a financial institution to the campaign. The campaign aims to provide further access to laundry facilities at the Hope Center for Rapid City residents living in poverty.

“The leadership Rapid City Class of 2014 saw a need in the community and is working to solve the problem in a creative and engaging way,” said Carol Brown, vice president of marketing and business development at Black Hills Federal Credit Union. “Providing more accessible laundry facilities to those who may be living in poverty is just one step in helping to improve the livelihood of many individuals here in our community, and BHFCU believes in that mission.”

Black Hills Federal Credit Union President Roger Heacock, BHFCU employee and Leadership Rapid City Liaison Stacey Moulton and other BHFCU executives presented the check to the Leadership Rapid City Class of 2014 and the staff of the Hope Center on Thursday.

Black Hills Federal Credit Union is a strong supporter of the Leadership Rapid City program and its projects, as well as the Hope Center’s mission to provide crucial services to those living in poverty or who may be homeless.

 Soap for Hope-2015

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