Community Investment

Beyond being an economic driver where we have operations, Hecla improved the social well-being our communities by giving back through charitable donations and volunteer efforts by our employees.

Commitment to Community

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we identified and addressed immediate and long-term needs in our communities, including food, supplies, and financial assistance. Learn more about our local donations.

Hecla Charitable Foundation

Since 2009, the Hecla Charitable Foundation has contributed over $4 million toward health, youth, education, and community activities. In addition:

  • Contributions in 2021 totaled more than $446,000.
  • Among the largest donations was $100,000 to the Wallace Pool Project to help complete the repair and reopening of the 80-year-old swimming pool in Wallace, Idaho, the only public pool available in the 5-mile area surrounding the community.
An image of the city of wallace prize money check.

Hecla Charitable Foundation Contribution

Over $4,000,000

COMMUNITY
64%
YOUTH
16%
EDUCATION
11%
HEALTH
9%

The Foundation has contributed over $4 million to local communities since 2009.

A group photo at the silver valley ride event.

Our employees and management team also regularly volunteer and raise funds for local charities and foundations. For example, in 2021:

  • Employees at Greens Creek raised $5,000 for Cancer Connection, a nonprofit in Juneau, Alaska that assists people living with cancer and their families. These funds were matched by the mine, bringing the total donation to $10,000.
  • For the fifth year in a row, the Casa Berardi management team raised funds for Maison St-André AbitibiOuest to provide food assistance to low-income people in Abitibi-Oust. In 2021, a record $19,320 was raised in donations from Hecla Québec employees and local contractors.
  • Lucky Friday supported food programs in the Silver Valley, including donating $4,500 to local food banks; $2,000 to Silver Valley Meals on Wheels for seniors; $2,500 to Dave Smith Christmas Fund, an annual telethon that provided holiday meals for more than 1,000 families; Silver Valley Lunch and Snack Program for youth who normally depend on meals provided at school.

Learn more about how we support our local communities in our 2021 Sustainability Report.

Education Programs: Building a Pipeline of Skilled Workers in Our Communities

Providing educational opportunities has always been a priority for Hecla. We partner with organizations on programs that are specifically geared toward training students for a career in mining.