Valley Credit Union donates Ford F-150 to ZooMontana after robbery

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Staff from Valley Credit Union present Jeff Ewalt, executive director of ZooMontana with a truck to replace one stolen and recovered damaged beyond repair. Courtesy photo

Staff from Valley Credit Union present Jeff Ewalt, executive director of ZooMontana with a truck to replace one stolen and recovered damaged beyond repair. Courtesy photo

In the spirit of the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People,” Valley Credit Union has stepped up to provide a new piece of equipment for the local zoo after the nonprofit fell victim to a break-in and robbery. The donated Ford F-150 will allow ZooMontana’s staff to properly and efficiently care for the animals and the grounds, while continuing to provide a safe and exciting attraction for the local Montanan’s.

During the late business hours on July 10th, an unidentified in dividual entered ZooMontana, a nonprofit organization, waiting until after hours to break into and hide in a zoo vehicle. The suspect hotwired the vehicle and made their escape by driving through the Zoo’s security gate. This impact disabled the vehicle several miles down the road. The vehicle was damaged beyond repair, causing the loss of a crucial piece of equipment for the Zoo.

“ZooMontana has been a staple in our community for years,” said Darla Card, CEO of Valley Credit Union and ZooMontana board member. “We were heartbroken to hear the news and we’re happy that we were able to donate a vehicle to keep our furry friends happy and healthy, while making life a bit easier for the Zoo employees. It is our honor and privilege to provide this donation to such a wonderful part of our community.”

“Valley Credit Union continues to be a good steward of our community, and in particular, ZooMontana,” said Jeff Ewelt, executive director of ZooMontana. “Their support of our efforts at the Zoo has been nothing short of incredible, and includes the building of a world-class Bison exhibit, support that led to our accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and now, this beautiful vehicle. This truck will be crucial in helping us fulfill our mission through animal feed pickup, to wildlife rescue. All of us at ZooMontana, both two-legged and 4 legged, thank Valley Credit Union for their unwavering support and belief in our cause.”

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