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Black Hills FCU Employee Participate in Local Projects and Fundraisers

Rapid City, S.D. (06/09/16) – Black Hills Federal Credit Union employees were busy the last few weeks helping to collect and dispose of garbage along many of South Dakota’s highways.

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BHFCU employees posed for a quick photo before cleaning a portion of SD Highway 44 earlier this month.

Employees in Rapid City, Wall and Pierre volunteered to clean up portions of South Dakota’s roadways this spring as part of the South Dakota Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Mile Program and the City of Pierre’s “Go Green and Clean” campaign.

“This is a great opportunity for our employees to get together and give back to the communities we serve in a very meaningful way,” said Patty Mogensen, chair of the Community Action Team Project. “In just a few hours we’re able to keep our communities looking great.”

Employees also participated in, and raised more than $850 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Pennington County and $775 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MS Walk this month.

BHFCU’s employee-led Community Action Team provides support for community projects, charities and events throughout the year through various fundraising and volunteer efforts. You can get involved with and stay up-to-date on all of BHFCU’s current CAT Projects by following us on Facebook, or visit bhfcu.com to learn more.

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BHFCU employees at the MS Walk to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Black Hills FCU to Implement New Logo

Black Hills Federal Credit Union will soon have a new look, the credit union announced Tuesday. After 41 years, the credit union’s current logo will be phased out over the next several months.

“We’re excited to have a fresh, friendly and modern look that reflects our credit union culture and emphasizes our mission to improve lives,” said President and CEO Roger Heacock.

With 13 locations in eight communities, the new logo better represents BHFCU’s evolving membership, broad service area and 75-year history in the Black Hills and South Dakota, Heacock said.

“While we may be updating our look, the service our members have come to know and trust from BHFCU is here to stay,” Heacock said.

Carol Brown, vice president of marketing and business development at BHFCU, said the new image represents BHFCU’s history and diversity.

“It was time to develop an image that would work well across all mediums, appeal to those we serve and tell the story of who we are and the values we hold,” Brown said. “People see our new look as friendly and professional. They see the Black Hills, grasslands, rising sun and brilliant South Dakota sky – all good things.”

More information about Black Hills Federal Credit Union’s logo update can be found at bhfcu.com.

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A New Look for the Future

For 75 years, we’ve been serving South Dakota as your member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative. We’re excited to continue that service with a fresh, friendly, and modern look that will carry us well into the future.

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While we plan to phase out our old logo over the next several months, the service you’ve come to know and trust from BHFCU is here to stay. Look for our new logo at your favorite member service center and on our website, advertisements, billboards and more throughout the summer.

Have questions? Check out the FAQ page on our website or give us a call at 718-1818.

We’re looking forward to many more years of serving your financial needs.

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Black Hills FCU Employees Contribute to Local Non-Profits

Black Hills Federal Credit Union employees raised almost $1,000 and collected more than 120 items and 15 bags of clothes for area domestic violence centers during their annual donation drive this April.

BHFCU Community Action Team Project chair Laura Lytle poses with a portion of the supplies BHFCU employees donated this April to the credit union’s annual donation drive to benefit local domestic violence centers.

BHFCU Community Action Team Project chair Laura Lytle poses with a portion of the supplies BHFCU employees donated this April to the credit union’s annual donation drive to benefit local domestic violence centers.

The annual drive benefits centers in Eagle Butte, Custer, Spearfish and Rapid City every April as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It is coordinated with a larger awareness campaign organized by Working Against Violence, Inc., a non-profit, domestic violence and sexual assault resource center in Rapid City.

“These centers provide vital resources and services to women and children in precarious situations,” said Laura Lytle, chair of the Community Action Team Project. “Our support goes a long way in helping to ensure these centers can continue to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Western South Dakota.”

Employees also raised over $500 for the March of Dimes, over $1,040 for animal shelters in Rapid City, Hot Springs and Spearfish, and $1,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills, as well as donated 1,331 books to the South Dakota Department of Health as part of the annual Readiatrics Books Drive this April.

BHFCU’s employee-led Community Action Team provides support for community projects, charities and events throughout the year through various fundraising and volunteer efforts. You can get involved with and stay up-to-date on all of BHFCU’s current CAT Projects by following us on Facebook, or visit bhfcu.com to learn more.

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Black Hills FCU Supports Local Entrepreneurs

To further promote small business opportunities in the Wall area, Black Hills Federal Credit Union partnered with the Badlands Bad River Regional Economic Development Partnership this month by donating $250 to support a business plan competition for the Partnership’s ‘Small Business Beginnings’ educational program.

The three-month educational program, designed to educate participants about starting or improving a business in the Wall area, culminated with the BHFCU-sponsored business plan competition between the program’s 23 participants.

“The program and competition provided a great opportunity for area residents to gain valuable business experience,” said Wendy Allison, BHFCU Member Service Center manager. “We want to encourage these entrepreneurs to develop and implement their ideas.”

The winners of the business plan contest are as follows:

Best Plan for a Business Idea – Angela Lytle and Stephanie Volmer for their quilt shop idea;

Best Start-Up Business Plan – John and John Luke McGriff for JLJ Contracting, LLC;

Most Improved Business Plan – Terry Mohr for Wall Car Care Center, LLC.

Badlands Bad River Economic Development Partnership worked with the South Dakota State University Extension and the Small Business Development Center to host the educational program.

To learn more about the ‘Small Business Beginnings’ classes, contact WEDC Executive Director and BBR Board Member Cheyenne McGriff at 605-279-2658 or walledd@gwtc.net.