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Hands-On Work on the Hub Farm

By Staff
  | Apr 27, 2017

Melissa and Neil at the Hub Farm

Kids may study biology or earth science, but they probably aren’t catching tadpoles, collecting chicken eggs or observing an ecosystem up close—unless they’re lucky enough to visit the Hub Farm.The Hub Farm is a 30-acre educational farm managed by Durham Public Schools. To celebrate Earth Day, two Self-Helpers took an afternoon to volunteer.

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Continuing the Mission, Preserving the Legacies

By Lauren Marlot
  | Apr 20, 2017

Second Federal Savings & Loan Association of Chicago

Archival picture of the lobby of our branch in Chicago, Second Federal Savings & Loan Association of Chicago 

In 1882, a bank was established in the Little Village community of Chicago, and it has been serving immigrants ever since. In 1974, Kern Central Credit Union formed in Bakersfield, California to serve employees of a refinery and, later, employer groups such as the United Farm Workers of America. A few years later, on the other side of the country, four nuns started a credit union in Apopka, Florida ...

These are just a few of the 21 financial institutions—69 institutions, including all their branches—that have now merged into the Self-Help family.

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Are You Ready for a Car Loan? Take a Quick Quiz

By Staff
  | Apr 13, 2017

First time car buyer

Recently, Car and Driver’s blog ran an excellent article called “How to Get the Best Rate on an Auto Loan.”  (The post features comments from our own Chris Kukla, a colleague at the Center for Responsible Lending. Go, Chris!)

At Self-Help, we encourage you to talk to us before pursuing a loan with a car dealer. But if you do go with a dealer, a few key tips can help you get the best deal. Test your knowledge here:

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We’re Rocking the Home Loans in Asheville

By Connie Corn
  | Apr 07, 2017

Kelvin Anderson

A rocking chair looks slightly out of place in the lobby of our Asheville branch, but it won’t be there long. On April 14, one lucky member will win the chair in a special drawing—open to any member who gives us a question about home loans in advance. On that same day Jessica Phelan, our western North Carolina home loan officer, will be in the Asheville branch to answer any questions members have about home-buying. 

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New Civil Rights Monument to be Dedicated at Northside Festival

By Ricky Leung
  | Mar 30, 2017

A scene from one panel on the Freedom Fighters Monument to be dedicated at the Northside Festival on April 29, 2017.

A scene from one panel on the Freedom Fighters Monument to be dedicated at the Northside Festival on April 29, 2017. (Photo credit: Jim Wallace)

Later next month, the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Making and Saving History, one of Self-Help’s community partners for the Northside Neighborhood Initiative in Chapel Hill, will host the ninth annual street festival celebrating “the past, present and future of the Northside and Pine Knolls communities.”

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20-Somethings: 5 Ways to Master Money While You Wait in Line

By Brianna McGurran
  | Mar 23, 2017

5 Ways to Master Money While You Wait

Every morning I wait for the elevator in my building, stand in line to order coffee at a cafe, and will the subway to arrive while pacing the platform. Those few-minute blocks of time are all opportunities to master my money game.

That’s because it’s easier to chip away at big financial goals, one by one, if you break them into more manageable chunks. The first task often takes so little time, you can do it on your phone while waiting in line at the supermarket. When you’ve got a few minutes to kill, inch closer to goals like paying off your student loans and saving $1 million for retirement with these quick maneuvers.

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Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Self-Help Sign

By Anthony Scott
  | Mar 16, 2017

Self-Help Signs

Sign-making is both a skill and an art.  The artistic qualities of a finished sign are obvious, but we rarely see the skill that goes into making the sign.  For that, it’s best to tour a factory where signs are being built, which is precisely what we did to produce this short video.  The one-minute video captures scenes of the making of some of our Self-Help signs. (Venue: the SouthWood Corporation facility in Charlotte, North Carolina).

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Self-Help Offers Community Scholarships

By Staff
  | Mar 09, 2017

Self-Help Scholarship 2016

 > Scholarship information and application

Again this year, all Self-Help Credit Union branch offices are awarding $500 scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary education in a vocational school or college.  The main criterion is a demonstrated commitment to service in the community. We also ask applicants to submit a short essay on the value of credit unions in the community.


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Borrower Packrite Continues to Grow

By Suzanne Julian
  | Mar 01, 2017

Packrite Co-owners

When loan officer Dale Harrold started working at Self-Help many years ago, he didn’t know he’d one day be standing in a large manufacturing facility in High Point, NC, admiring a Bobst 87-inch Masterflute 324 Asitrade Singleface Laminator. But that’s exactly what Dale did last week, at an open house event for one of our favorite borrowers, Packrite.

Husband-and-wife team Michael and Mary Drummond co-founded Packrite in 2008 with 18 employees. The company fills an important but easily overlooked manufacturing niche — it helps create packaging for products in a wide range of industries.

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Key Tax-Preparation Tips to Cut Stress

By Nerdwallet
  | Feb 21, 2017

Tax Preparation

Although it comes around every spring, tax season tends to inflict the same headaches year after year. To reduce your stress — and maximize your refund — it'll help to stay organized and be aware of recent changes to the tax code.

For additional motivation to get on track, keep in mind that the average refund has been about $3,000 in recent years. Even if you don't expect to get that much back, there are plenty of ways to put a refund to good use. But first, you'll have to file your returns properly, taking advantage of any deductions you might qualify for. Here's a look at where to get started.


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