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Black Hills Federal Credit Union Donates $12,741
to the United Way of the Black Hills

 

Rapid City, S.D. (12/01/14) – Black Hills Federal Credit Union employees proved that a group of people working toward a common cause can make a huge difference; they pledged a whopping $12,741 to the United Way of the Black Hills.

Funds will remain in the Black Hills region and benefit the United Way’s aim to bring area people and communities together to advance the common good and address our communities’ most pressing needs.


“United Way is an important part of our community. From providing help to struggling ranchers after last year’s blizzard to supplying school children with backpacks filled with food, they address all sorts of needs,” said Kammi Doud, Black Hills Federal Credit Union’s United Way campaign facilitator. “It’s truly amazing to see the generosity BHFCU employees share each and every year.”

Black Hills Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative committed to the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.” The United Way campaign is just one of the many projects conducted by BHFCU’s Community Action Team, which provides support for community charities throughout the year. BHFCU has Member Service Centers in Rapid City, Custer, Eagle Butte, Hot Springs, Pierre, Spearfish and Wall, South Dakota.

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 Black Hills Federal Credit Union employees fundraised more than $4,000 this fall!

 

Rapid City, S.D. (11/12/14) – An altruistic energy has always coursed through Black Hills Federal Credit Union. But this fall, BHFCU employees amped up their annual efforts and raised more than $4,000 for five local charities.

Fundraising at the credit union has invariably been creative and this season was no different. Through a credit union-wide auction, chili potluck, candy sale, brownie bake-off, and game of bingo, BHFCU’s 250 employees pitched in and raised thousands. In total, they collected $1,100 for National Multiple Sclerosis Society to be used locally, more than $950 for Autism Society of the Black Hills, $875 for Black Hills Habitat for Humanity, $650 for Girls, Inc., and $600 for Pierre-area veterans!

The fundraisers were 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 Rapid City in 1941, Black Hills Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative serving more than 59,000 members. The community-chartered credit union has Member Service Centers in Rapid City, Custer, Eagle Butte, Hot Springs, Pierre, Spearfish and Wall, South Dakota.

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Black Hills Federal Credit Union Prepares Thousands of Students
for a Successful School Year

 

Rapid City, S.D. (08/26/14) – A new school year wouldn't be complete without new—and necessary—school supplies. For an 18th year, Black Hills Federal Credit Union has helped ensure that thousands of students in more than 60 schools throughout western and central South Dakota start their school year on a successful foot with the supplies they need. Through generous donations from community partners, corporate sponsors, credit union staff and members, BHFCU collected more than 77,000 supplies for their School Supply Drive.

"Our real job is to give these kids the break they deserve so they, too, have an equal opportunity to learn," said Carol Brown, vice president marketing & business development at BHFCU. "As we distributed supplies to area schools this year, we heard many educators tell stories of the widespread need for school supplies and how much it means to a child who receives brand new supplies when they had no expectation of having anything of their own."

From pens to pencils, binders and backpacks, every donation makes a difference. Not only does the Drive give students the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom, it also lessens the financial burden of back-to-school expenses faced by many families in the area.

"The prices of most supply items were higher than we have seen in years past, which we knew was going to make it that much harder for families on tight budgets," said Kylene Casanova, business development officer at BHFCU. "The generosity of so many made it possible for students in 14 communities to start school with everything they need to have a great year."

Black Hills Federal Credit Union is a community-focused, member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative serving more than 59,000 members from Member Service Centers in Rapid City, Custer, Eagle Butte, Hot Springs, Pierre, Spearfish and Wall, South Dakota.

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BHFCU CEO, Roger Heacock, Accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

 

Rapid City, S.D. (07/20/14) – Black Hills Federal Credit Union President & CEO Roger Heacock accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and BHFCU staff quickly collected $210 for ALS!

 

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BHFCU Insurance Services and Black Hills Federal Credit Union 
Raise $6,699 for the Children's Miracle Network

 

Rapid City, S.D. (07/28/14) – In an annual push to raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network at Rapid City Regional Hospital, BHFCU Insurance Services and Black Hills Federal Credit Union raised a record-breaking $6,699. This year's fundraising success was due in part to a $3,500 donation from Safeco Insurance, awarded to BHFCU and BHFCU Insurance Services for their volunteer efforts with the Children's Miracle Network.

For more than two decades, BHFCU has been raising funds for the Children's Miracle Network. Locally, the credit union takes part in Rapid City's Great Black Hills Duck Race, now in its 25th year. Funds benefit children receiving care at Rapid City Regional Hospital through the purchase of medical equipment, services and programs.

"When I had a premature baby in 2009, Rapid City Regional Hospital was the only nearby facility equipped to treat my vulnerable infant. The experience made me passionate about the hospital's Children's Miracle Network." said Traie Brott, BHFCU Insurance Services insurance agent and Children's Miracle Network fundraising co-chair.

The Children's Miracle Network fundraiser 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 Rapid City in 1941, Black Hills Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative serving more than 59,000 members. The community-chartered credit union has Member Service Centers in Rapid City, Custer, Eagle Butte, Hot Springs, Pierre, Spearfish and Wall, South Dakota.

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Black Hills Federal Credit Union Kicks Off its
18th Annual School Supply Drive

 

Rapid City, S.D. (07/18/14) – Every August, school age children in South Dakota look forward to embarking on a new school year; but for some, the excitement is curbed by their family's lack of resources. In an effort to lessen the financial burden of back-to-school expenses and ensure as many students as possible are equipped with the supplies they need to start the school year on a successful foot, Black Hills Federal Credit Union is kicking off its 18th Annual School Supply Drive.

From binders to backpacks, pens, pencils and paper, BHFCU is collecting school supplies for children in western and central South Dakota at all BHFCU, Black Hills Power and Black Hills Corporation locations, July 18 through Aug. 15.

Throughout the School Supply Drive's 18-year history, the credit union has impacted countless students and communities. Last year alone, BHFCU, along with a growing network of individuals and businesses, distributed more than 90,000 supplies to more than 5,000 local students in 60 area schools.

"The School Supply Drive would not be possible without all of the generosity in the Black Hills," said Kylene Casanova, business development officer and co-chair of the School Supply Drive. "This year, we're anticipating a greater need for supplies and we're going to try very hard to make sure students can return to the classroom prepared. Every donation makes a difference—we stretch every dollar to make sure kids can have a positive learning experience."

If you're interested in contributing to BHFCU's School Supply Drive, there are several ways to help. You can bring school supplies or monetary donation to any BHFCU location, or hold a drive at your workplace, and BHFCU will bring a school bus to your business to pick up donations.

Black Hills Federal Credit Union is a community-focused, member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative serving more than 59,000 members from Member Service Centers in Rapid City, Custer, Eagle Butte, Hot Springs, Pierre, Spearfish and Wall, South Dakota.

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Black Hills Federal Credit Union Provides Financial Education
to More Than 2,000 Students

Rapid City, S.D. (06/19/14) – Financial literacy is essential at any age, and Black Hills Federal Credit Union recognizes the unique importance of educating youth on practical money skills. Throughout the 2013-2014 school year, the credit union visited 70 classrooms and provided a financial education to more than 2,000 students.

From preschool children to high school seniors, and adult transition students alike, area youth learned a variety of financial topics—like how to establish credit, the importance of saving, and what it takes to get a loan.

"I know we are making a difference in our community by dedicating time and resources to youth financial education," said Kylene Casanova, membership development coordinator at Black Hills Federal Credit Union. "The topics we cover in classrooms will impact students every day of their adult lives, regardless of the career path they choose."

Casanova, the driving force behind BHFCU's financial literacy program, was recently awarded the honors of Top Classroom Presenter and Top Number of Students Reached by the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas, an organization representing credit unions in both North and South Dakota.

Established in Rapid City in 1941, Black Hills Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative serving more than 59,000 members. The community-chartered credit union has Member Service Centers in Rapid City, Custer, Eagle Butte, Hot Springs, Pierre, Spearfish and Wall, South Dakota.

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Black Hills Federal Credit Union Takes Part in the
13th Annual Readiatrics Book Drive

Rapid City, S.D. (05/14/14) – In an annual push to promote children's literacy, Black Hills Federal Credit Union employees and members spent the past two months clearing their shelves and donating storybooks to the Readiatrics book drive. In total, employees and members collected 1,633 books and $40 cash donations.

Since 2005, BHFCU has partnered with the now 13-year-old book drive. Readiatrics, which welcomes donations from several area businesses, was established to promote children's literacy and give a good home to new and used books. The collected books are donated to the South Dakota Department of Health, which in turn, gives them to children receiving care in Rapid City, Hill City, Pine Ridge, Porcupine, Kyle and Ellsworth Air Force Base, as well as the children's library at Storybook Island. Throughout the years, the book drive has collected more than 100,000 books for children in family or medical crisis.

The Readiatrics Book Drive 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 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 has Member Service Centers in Rapid City, Custer, Eagle Butte, Hot Springs, Pierre, Spearfish and Wall, South Dakota.

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