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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.

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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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Black Hills Federal Credit Union Scholarship Recipients Selected

Rapid City, S.D. (4/27/15) - Black Hills Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2015 VIBZ Scholarships. The six high school seniors were selected from more than 60 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 2015 recipients:

  • Billie Wicks
    Custer High School
  • Savannah Huntley
    Rapid City Christian School
  • William Housman
    Wall High School
  • Shelby Stotz
    Rapid City Stevens High School
  • Sydney Schad
    Cheyenne Eagle Butte High School
  • Jordan Tower
    Douglas High School


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