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Capital Matters: Closing Race and Gender Gaps

By Derek Williams
  | Dec 04, 2019

Derek Williams

Derek Williams, Capital Development Associate at Self-Help, recently attended the “Capital Matters: Race, Gender and Entrepreneurship” conference held at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. The conference, which included many notable scholars and business leaders, was an opportunity to highlight the gaps in opportunity for various businesses, particularly those that are black-led and/or women-led, and to discuss ways to start resolving these inequities. Derek describes the conference and his takeaways.

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2019 Annual Meeting: Celebrating Ownership and Community

By staff
  | Nov 15, 2019

attendees at 2019 annual meeting

In spite of freezing temperatures in Durham, NC, an enthusiastic group of credit union members, board members and staff gathered on the evening of November 13 for the Center for Community Self-Help/Self-Help Credit Union annual meeting. With heartening reports on Self-Help’s impact this year and heart-warming stories from members, for a couple of hours it was easy to forget the cold outside.

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Buying a Home? Don’t Let Student Loan Debt Haunt Your Dream

By staff
  | Oct 30, 2019

Image of menacing jack o' lantern in an envelope, labeled "Student Loans"

Forget goblins and zombies. For over 44 million borrowers, this Halloween there’s nothing more frightening than the next student loan bill lurking in their mailbox. In this post, we talk to Shondra Tanner, our Director of Mortgage Originations, about how student loan debt is posing an obstacle for families who otherwise could qualify to buy their first home. She offers tips for people who are struggling to pay their student loans.

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Honoring John Hervey Wheeler

By Anthony Scott
  | Oct 15, 2019

Photos of ceremony to name a Durham federal building after John Hervey Wheeler

On October 15, John Hervey Wheeler, was honored for dedicating his life to bringing economic opportunity to generations of African Americans. In a ceremony attended by a number of local dignitaries, a federal building in downtown Durham, NC, was officially named in his honor.

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Reflections on the Recent Climate Strikes: Hope and Action

By Melissa Malkin-Weber, Sustainability Director - Self-Help Credit Union
  | Oct 03, 2019

Climate - house on fire

In late September, young people across the globe led a series of climate strikes, also known as the Global Week for Future. These actions represented the largest environmental protests that the world has ever seen. Self-Help's Sustainability Director, Melissa Malkin-Weber, describes the day and offers her reflections.

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United Services CU: A Family History

  | Sep 19, 2019

USCU sign photoWhen Self-Help merged with United Services Credit Union in Asheville six years ago, we were excited to be partnering with a credit union that had a mission similar to ours. We were also impressed with United Service’s long history of dedicated service to its members.

To help preserve that history, we’ve created a short (7 minute) video about the history of United Services. We invite you to watch it here: United Services: Building Credit, Building Lives.

The many credit unions that came together to become United Services have roots in a number of different cities and industries. Although we couldn’t cover all of this rich history in one video, we’re glad to share a bit of the family history in this post!

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Credit Union Resources for Members Affected by Hurricanes

By staff
  | Sep 06, 2019

Small child with umbrella

Many of our members live in areas affected by Hurricane Dorian or other storms this season. We at Self-Help Credit Union are taking all measures to continue our service to you. 
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Self-Help Credit Union Renews its Commitment to Charlotte, NC

By staff
  | Aug 01, 2019

Ribbon cutting at Self-Help CU's Grand Opening in Charlotte

The Grand Opening of a new branch in Charlotte, NC was a day to celebrate Self-Help’s CU longstanding commitment to families seeking greater economic opportunity in the Charlotte area. Thanks to everyone who came out and made us feel so welcome!

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Breaking Barriers and Building Coalitions: Thoughts from Andrea Harris

By staff
  | Jul 15, 2019

Photo of Andrea Harris

Andrea Harris is a person who doesn’t like silos—or, for that matter, any box or barrier that limits people. Throughout her career, she has refused to be deterred by obstacles and has been guided by her vision of what should be. Her life has been dedicated to hands-on help and shoe-leather advocacy for families of limited means. She has worked on behalf of the very young and the very old. She has worked for families in urban and rural areas. She has befriended people with all kinds of backgrounds and beliefs, and she has brought them together.

Now we at Self-Help Credit Union are fortunate that she has brought her many talents to us.

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