Black Hills FCU Prepares Thousands of Students for a Successful School YearContinuing our mission of improving lives, Black Hills Federal Credit Union donated more than 75,000 school supplies to over 60 area schools this year during the 24th Annual School Supply Drive.
The Drive provides more than 20,000 students in 17 communities across South Dakota with their supplies for a successful school year. Educators distribute the supplies to students as needed, said Heidi Bulman, community development officer at BHFCU.
“This year we did things a little differently, recognizing the need for social distancing and less high-touch items,” Bulman said. “With so many unknowns for students, families, and local businesses, we focused our efforts around supplies that kids would need regardless of where they were attending class.”
To gather the necessary supplies, we rely on donations from members, the community, and area businesses. Our team knew the Drive would be more challenging, and smaller than previous years, but remained focused on giving all students an equal opportunity to learn and succeed.
“The Drive is a testament to our members and community partners, who even during tough years, continue to lend a hand to help area students and teachers,” said Carol Brown, vice president of marketing and business development for BHFCU. “What started as just a few boxes of supplies has grown into an amazing community-wide project, thanks to local businesses and supporters.”
In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, BHFCU’s employees spent countless hours over the summer collecting, sorting, and packaging supplies for area schools. The Drive is also supported by the Black Hills FCU Charitable Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.