Giving Back

Passion for Community

At Banner we are passionate about not only supporting, but improving, the communities in which we live and work, creating an impact in big and small ways. These efforts help our neighbors and strengthen our community. From building playgrounds to helping prepare and serve a meal to those less fortunate or building a Habit for Humanity home, we find numerous ways to get involved and engineer a better community.

  Scholarships

  • South Dakota State University - Endowed scholarships
  • Brookings High School Scholarship (for graduating seniors attending South Dakota State University with a Civil Engineering major)
  • Southeast Technical Institute - Student majoring in Civil Engineering Technology
  • Build Dakota Scholarship Industry Partner 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Program - Middle and High School Girls
Banner has supported this group through the years with volunteer efforts at seminars, programs and gift bag giveaways.  


Free First Fridays | Kirby Science and Discovery Center at the Washington Pavilion

As part of E-Week (Engineer’s Week / Discover Engineering) in February, Banner staff participated with demonstrations and various hands-on activities related to engineering.


Harvest Table

The Harvest Table provides a hot, no-cost meal served to those in need every Monday night at the Brookings First United Methodist Church. Each Monday a meal is sponsored and served by a volunteer group from the Brookings community. Banner has volunteered for a Monday meal each November since 2009. Banner employees volunteer by bringing grocery items for the meal and/or preparing, serving and cleaning up. Additionally, staff donate non-perishable food items and toiletries that are distributed by Harvest Table at the end of the month to those in need.


United Way

Banner supports the United Way in the Brookings, Sioux Falls and Vermillion communities. Banner contributes by matching employee’s contributions.


Lunch Is Served, Inc.

 

Our Sioux Falls team has partnered with Lunch is Served, preparing 300 lunches for hardworking men and women in the community. Lunch is Served, Inc has the unique mission of delivering sack lunches to people who are attempting to break the chains of poverty and hunger. Many people around the area put in a full day of manual labor without the benefit of a noon meal; and Lunch is Served is there to help with that problem. 


Project S.O.S. (Supply Our Students)

Project S.O.S. provides free school supplies and new backpacks in Sioux Falls to students from families with limited resources. Banner's team assisted in the supply set up and organization for filling over 6,000 backpacks with new supplies. 


Food Drives - Feeding South Dakota and Brookings County Food Band

Banner's team has collected and donated 1,014 items to Feeding South Dakota and to the Brookings County Food Pantry in our ongoing effort to assit individuals and families experiencing hardships.


Project Joy 

Banner partners with Project Joy each holiday season to help provide gifts for the children of the Brookings area community. Banner's team generously donates gifts each year to this amazing organization to help those families in need at Christmas time.


Brookings Leadership Academy

The Brookings Youth Leadership Academy is a 10-week summer program offered by the City of Brookings Government & the Brookings Public Library to 7th grade, 8th grade and 9th grade students. Each week of the program focuses on a different aspect of leadership to prepare them to be future leaders. Banner is a proud sponsor of this incredible program and team members have donated their time to assist with working hands-on with the students.


Habit for Humanity
Banner has volunteered all the surveying services for each new building project in Brookings. Many of our staff have volunteered their time and knowledge in helping build these homes both in Brookings and Sioux Falls.


Our Communities
Committed to the towns and cities that we work in, we strongly believe in supporting these communities not only through our professional services but on a more personal level by contributing financial and/or in-person support to many community organizations.

Banner supports with financial donations to (partial list):

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Special Olympics
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)
  • Jr Achievement
  • SD Youth Board
  • Boy Scouts
  • Safety Town
  • Youth Business Adventure
  • Hobo Day
  • Sioux Falls Ice Sports Association