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 2021:
  • Contributions 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.
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Hecla Charitable Foundation Contribution

Over $4,000,000


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

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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.
  • Hecla supported the Historical Wallace Chamber of Commerce’s Buy Local Program by contributing $50,000 to give each Lucky Friday employee $150 in Hecla Bucks to be used at local businesses hurt by the pandemic.

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.