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News Items: A Terrible Tornado and a Reopening to Celebrate

By staff
  | May 13, 2021

Home hit by tornado

This week we highlight two news items: In North Carolina, our branch in Windsor, NC reached out to a family that lost their home to the tornado that recently blew through the eastern part of the state. On the South Side of Chicago, we have good news as Seaway, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union, reopens its renovated headquarters, with plenty of space for partners and community events.

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“Love and Work." Thoughts from a Centenarian Member of Seaway Bank

By staff
  | Apr 29, 2021

Mr. Lee Curry

When you meet Mr. Lee Curry, it makes you realize it’s not only how long you live—it’s how well you live. Mr. Curry, who is just a few months shy of 102 years old, has lived long. As a veteran, husband, father and superb gardener, he has also lived well. We are honored that he is a long-time member of Seaway, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union.

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Building a Clean Energy Economy that Leaves No One Behind

By staff
  | Apr 16, 2021

Green infographic

This week the Center for American Progress hosted a roundtable to present research and best practices in climate investment. Presenters included Sonrisa Cooper of the Greenlining Institute, Michela Zonta and Zoe Willingham representing CAP; and Melissa Malkin-Weber and David Beck from Self-Help. Among the key messages: The need to combat climate change is urgent. We have an opportunity to accelerate investments in clean energy—but along with the risks of environmental destruction there’s the risk of perpetuating economic and racial inequities.

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Lessons from the Pandemic: We Can Expand Racial Equity in Education

By staff
  | Apr 01, 2021

Masked child raising hand in a classroom

This week we’re sharing a blog post from a new website for the CDFI Racial Equity Collaborative on Education. In “Pandemic Lessons on Equitable Lending in Education,” Self-Help’s Brittany Bennett Weston discusses how some public charter schools quickly adapted to meet student and community needs during the pandemic. Citing national data and her lending and personal experience, Brittany discusses the importance of “creating systems that support the whole person within the broader social context.”

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A Fantastic Opening for Our River City Branch in Jacksonville!

By staff
  | Mar 19, 2021

Open sign for River City branch

On Monday, March 15, 2021, Jax Metro, a Division of Self-Help Credit Union, opened our newest branch in Jacksonville, Florida. Even while taking COVID precautions, we had a fantastic opening with great community support! Here you can see photos and take a video tour of the beautiful new building.

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PPP Lending that Better Serves Smaller Businesses

By staff
  | Mar 04, 2021

Small business owner    Small business owner with "open" sign

Last year the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) allocated $800 billion in relief to small businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID and funded over five million loans. This program was unprecedented in scope, but flawed. It quickly became apparent that many small businesses that most needed relief were not well served by eligibility requirements that favored small but wealthier enterprises. Recently, thanks to strong advocacy by our partners and allies, the outlook for truly small businesses is better.

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Lifting Up Black Educators, Spotlighting Outrageous Interest Rates + More

By staff
  | Feb 18, 2021

Home of J.E. and Purry Grigsby

It was an eventful week here: We released a new video preserving the history of a credit union started by Black educators in Charlotte, NC during Jim Crow. The Center for Responsible Lending issued a report comparing typical payday interest rates in each state. And Self-Help’s own John Herrera was featured in the Charlotte Observer, highlighting how EMTs can help meet the urgent need for COVID vaccinations. 

Pictured: The Grigsby house in Charlotte, NC, where a major Black-owned credit union started in the basement to serve local Black educators.

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Honoring Black History Month

By staff
  | Feb 04, 2021

Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we offer a few resources to learn more about Black history and honor Black Americans. Martin Eakes, our CEO, reminds us that Black History includes countless achievements in spite of systemic economic and social injustices--see his brief statement in this post.

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It's Tax Time: What Should YOU Know?

By Donnetta Collier
  | Jan 21, 2021

Tax time

Our Senior Financial Coach, Donnetta Collier offers a few tips for managing taxes and possibly reducing the amount owed to help preserve more wealth for your future. Also, if you're getting a tax refund, be sure to see Donnetta's "1/3 Rule."

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Dear Donnetta: Help Me Manage My Money this Year

By Donnetta Collier, Senior Financial Coach
  | Jan 08, 2021

Donetta Collier

It’s that time of year for dreaming and setting goals. As a Senior Financial Coach for Self-Help Credit Union, I know that many people are struggling now. Managing your financial life takes time and careful planning—but it is so worth doing. If you are fortunate enough to be employed, now is the time to reduce financial stress and move toward financial freedom. Here are seven of my favorite financial wellness tips, plus bonus tips for finding ways to save.

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