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Black Hills Federal Credit Union Scholarship Recipients Selected
Rapid City, S.D. (04/15/14) – Black Hills Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2014 VIBZ Scholarships. The six high school seniors were selected from more than 50 applicants from 16 area schools in western and central South Dakota. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward attending the college of their choice.
Black Hills Federal Credit Union’s VIBZ teen program is designed to promote financial literacy among young adults and assist them in effectively managing their personal finances.
The VIBZ Scholarship Committee congratulates the following 2014 recipients: Courtney Anderson (Sturgis Brown High School), Renae Dykstra (Rapid City Stevens High School), Courtney McCormick (Rapid City Central High School), Jessica Peterson (Spearfish High School), Les Williams (Wall High School), Xavier Wright (Hot Springs High School).
Black Hills Federal Credit Union Opens New Member Service Center on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation
Rapid City, S.D. (04/11/14) – After serving the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation for more than a year and a half, Black Hills Federal Credit Union officially opened the doors of its new Member Service Center on Wednesday, April 9. Previously, BHFCU operated from an office in the basement of the Cheyenne River Housing Authority building. The Credit Union has been an integral part of the community since merging with CR Community First Federal Credit Union on September 4, 2012.
“BHFCU merged with CR Community First to ensure credit union financial services would remain available in an area where they are desperately needed,” said Roger Heacock, president and CEO of BHFCU. “We are a not-for-profit financial cooperative, owned by our members with the mission to educate, advocate and serve our members’ financial needs. There are few places more in need of our services than right here on the Cheyenne River Reservation.”
From this location, BHFCU serves residents of Dewey and Ziebach Counties—two of the most impoverished counties in the United States and both encompassed by the reservation. Although the fourth largest reservation in the nation, it is home to just 8,000 residents.
“We now serve more than 500 members from our Cheyenne River Member Service Center, people who truly need and value credit union services,” said Carol Brown, vice president, marketing and business development at BHFCU. “The small steps here are exciting—we have adults who have never used financial services coming in and opening their first account. We are able to provide the education and guidance to help them get started on a healthier financial path.”
The new Member Service Center, located at Willow and Highway 212 in Eagle Butte, is open 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Established in Rapid City in 1941, Black Hills Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative serving more than 58,000 members. The community-chartered credit union also has Member Service Centers in Rapid City, Custer, Hot Springs, Pierre, Spearfish and Wall, South Dakota.
Black Hills Federal Credit Union Creates Valentines for Veterans
RAPID CITY, S.D. (02/18/14)—Black Hills Federal Credit Union employees shared their love and showed their gratitude for area veterans on the quintessential holiday of affection—Valentine's Day.
In the three weeks leading up to February 14, employees created 1,000 valentines. The handcrafted cards, filled with messages of appreciation and honor, were distributed to residents at the VA Black Hills Health Care System, Fort Mead and Hot Springs, State Veterans Home, VA Clinic, and VFW Spearfish, as well as Eagle Butte Manor and Medicine Wheel Elderly Village.
The Valentines for Veterans project was carried out under the umbrella of BHFCU's Community Action Team (CAT), which is comprised of groups of employees who volunteer their time and energy to co-chair various fundraising endeavors. BHFCU's CAT embodies the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People." They are committed to improving the communities BHFCU serves and the lives of those who call the area home.
Established in 1941, BHFCU is a community-chartered credit union serving its member-owners from offices in Rapid City, Custer, Eagle Butte, Hot Springs, Pierre, Spearfish and Wall.
Black Hills Federal Credit Union Gives Back and Makes a Difference
Employees and members donate money, time and supplies to charities in South Dakota
RAPID CITY, S.D (01/31/13)—Black Hills Federal Credit Union employees and members proved that a group of people working together can make a big difference. Throughout the past year, under the umbrella of the credit union’s Community Action Team, employees donated money, time and supplies to 47 organizations.
BHFCU’s Community Action Team, comprised of groups of employees who volunteer their time and energy to co-chair various fundraising endeavors and involve credit union members, embodies the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.” They are committed to improving the communities BHFCU serves and the lives of those who call the area home.
Together, employees and members raised more than $28,000 for 27 charities; collected more than 1,630 books, 416 household and personal care items, 90 toys, 30 coats and 45 elder gifts; created 1,400 valentines; donated 20 units of blood; and put in countless volunteer hours.
BHFCU also donated more than 90,300 school supplies to students in need through the annual School Supply Drive. The Drive helps local families struggling with back-to-school expenses. In 2013, 60 schools in 13 communities benefited from employee, member, business and community donations.
The Community Action Team’s efforts benefited charities both nationwide and locally, from March of Dimes and American Cancer Society to Cornerstone Rescue Mission and local veterans.
“Our Community Action Team is the work of BHFCU employees giving back to the community and living through the credit union philosophy of People Helping People,” said Roger Heacock, BHFCU president and CEO. “While we work to enhance our members’ financial well-being on a daily basis, it’s rewarding to boost our communities in a multitude of ways.”
Established in 1941, BHFCU is a community-chartered credit union serving its member-owners from offices in Rapid City, Eagle Butte, Custer, Hot Springs, Pierre, Spearfish and Wall.
Black Hills Federal Credit Union Now Open in Pierre
RAPID CITY, S.D. (01/23/14)—Following more than a year of construction, Black Hills Federal Credit Union opened its doors in Pierre on January 23, 2014. The credit union’s development of the site at 1530 N. Garfield Avenue, just south of Wal-Mart, opens up new business opportunities in the area.
BHFCU’s new 6,662-square-foot Member Service Center hosts nine offices, five drive-up lanes, and a deposit-taking ATM. The facility is environmentally-friendly boasting modern technologies like a geothermal system—which transfers heat and coolness from the ground. Kids will enjoy tablets equipped with apps and games to keep them entertained and help them learn about saving and spending wisely.
“We are excited to deliver the products and services BHFCU members have experienced for decades from a beautiful and welcoming environment right here in the capital city,” said Dawn Woods, Pierre Member Service Center manager. “Pierre is a vibrant community and I’m certain BHFCU’s presence will help enhance the financial success of our Pierre-area members.”
“With our new facility in Pierre and our existing office in Eagle Butte, we are able to offer much greater convenience to our central South Dakota members,” said Roger Heacock, president and CEO of BHFCU. “Many of our rural members have come to rely on our online services, but still value a face-to-face visit with BHFCU staff. Our member-owners are the reason we’re here and we have a terrific team of people to serve their financial needs.”
Established in Rapid City in 1941, Black Hills Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative. The community-chartered credit union has Member Service Centers in Rapid City, Custer, Eagle Butte, Hot Springs, Spearfish and Wall, South Dakota. The Pierre Member Service Center marks BHFCU’s first location in the capital city and twelfth Member Service Center in South Dakota.
BHFCU’s Pierre Member Service Center is located at 1530 N. Garfield Avenue, with lobby hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drive-up hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit bhfcu.com.
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