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A Grand Re-Opening in Downtown Durham, NC

By Staff
  | May 25, 2018

Mangum Street ribbon cutting

Wednesday, May 23 was a bustling day at 601 South Mangum Street in Durham as the Self-Help CU branch held a grand re-opening to celebrate brand new renovations. All morning cars pulled up in the parking lot and the front door swung open constantly.  Some people came for free shredding or to recycle electronics. Many came for a special ribbon-cutting, led by Durham Mayor Steve Schewel.

Through shredding and speeches and all the hubbub, our members came in to do their everyday business: making deposits, cashing checks, talking to a loan officer about a loan.

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Our Annual Report is Out!

By Staff
  | May 03, 2018

Self-Help's latest annual report is now available! The report covers 2017 activities and impact of Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union and the Center for Responsible Lending. 

Children at Reedy Fork child care center in Greensboro, NC

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Durham Scholars-at-Work Spend Spring Break at Self-Help

By Amy Sauceda Gallegos, Tianna Sharpless, Kierra Thompson, Breanna Jones & Stephanie Diane Ford
  | Apr 10, 2018

Shondra Tanner with Scholars

Last week students from Durham Public Schools’ Scholars-at-Work participated in a workplace immersion at Self-Help’s offices in downtown Durham, NC. Activities included tours of Self-Help headquarters and development sites, learning about home lending, commercial real estate financing and maintaining good credit.  The Scholars-at-Work Program is a four-day workplace immersion experience at participating companies for DPS Career & Technical Education students in grades 10-12. 

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Self-Help 2018 Scholarships Now Available

By Connie Corn
  | Mar 20, 2018

Higher education costs money.

Self-Help Credit Union is now accepting applications for $500 Community Scholarships. Deadline is April 30, 2018.

Since 2015, each Self-Help branch has awarded Community Scholarships to students with a proven commitment to community service. We offer these scholarships to encourage winners to continue to have a positive impact on their communities.

Applications are available at each branch Self-Help branch office and on our website. All applications must be submitted by April 30, 2018. 

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Building Credit Creates New Possibilities for Self-Help Members

By Stephanie Diane Ford
  | Mar 08, 2018

Aubert Semon at Naturalization Ceremony

Credit Builder borrower Aubert Semon takes Oath of Allegiance during 2018 Naturalization Ceremony.

Increasing your credit score is the first step for many borrowers hoping to qualify for loans to buy homes or start a new business. It's easy to get mired in debt, and it can be hard to get out. At Self-Help, we offer a Credit Builder loan that helps members establish or build stronger credit while building savings, too.  

One of our members, Aubert Semon, is among many who have benefited from a Credit Builder loan. Recently Aubert agreed to talk about his experience with Stephanie Diane Ford, who works on Self-Help's communications team. 

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Don't Risk Missing Your Tax Refund!

By Staff
  | Feb 21, 2018

Before getting your tax refund directly deposited, double check your account information.

When you qualify for a tax refund, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can deposit the funds directly into a checking or savings account. This is the safest way to receive the money—but only if the Internal Revenue Service has accurate information. If your account number has changed recently, or if you have any uncertainty about your account information, please call us to verify before filing your taxes. 

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The Larger Story around Seaway Bank’s Legacy

By Anthony Scott
  | Feb 08, 2018

Bust of Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable

By itself, the story of Seaway Bank is remarkable. The bank, opened on the South Side of Chicago in 1965, became one of the largest black-owned banks in America before joining Self-Help last year. Seaway's history is the central story I set out to tell as the producer of Seaway’s legacy documentary.

At the same time, I think the success of Seaway Bank is all the more impactful in the context of many other examples of Black Chicago greatness.

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Growing Eastern North Carolina’s Local Food Economy

By Mary Moore
  | Feb 01, 2018

A panel of growers and producers from Eastern NC.

A panel of growers and producers from the eastern part of the state shared their experience at the Wilmington, NC event.

These days it is becoming easier to find locally grown foods in restaurants and grocery stores, but that doesn’t mean the path from farm to table is smooth. Last week Self-Help hosted an event in Wilmington, NC where farmers, seafood producers, food distributors and some of NC’s leading rural and food policy experts discussed the challenges and potential solutions.

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Small Business Skyrockets from Microloan to SBA 504 Loan

By Mary Moore
  | Jan 25, 2018

Nana Manso and Anthony Bui, on a job site.

Nana Manso (left) with his associate, Anthony Bui, on a job site. Ten years ago Nana received a Self-Help business loan of $8,000. As Nana’s business has grown, Self-Help’s loans have grown, too. Photo by Ricky Leung.

If you follow Self-Help success stories, you might recognize Nana Manso (shown above). For the past decade, we’ve been privileged to witness and support Nana’s success as an entrepreneur. Beginning in 2008 with a microloan, Nana has continued to leverage Self-Help financing to build his business, most recently with a $520,000 loan financed in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Free Financial Wellness Coaching Offered in Two Asheville Branches

By Sonia Garrison
  | Jan 18, 2018

Photo of Kathryn Beach and Kenya Jackson

Kathryn Beach (left), financial coach for OnTrack, with Self-Help member services representative Kenya Jackson.

Self-Help branches in the Asheville area have teamed up with OnTrack WNC Financial Education and Counseling to offer free financial wellness coaching to Self-Help members. These coaching services give members an opportunity to meet individually with a trained counselor to get a financial check-up and make an action plan to help reach specific financial goals. Sessions are available in two of our branch locations, Hendersonville Road and South French Broad.

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