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Net-zero finance: Putting financial institutions to work for our planet and our communities

By staff
  | Apr 06, 2023


Earth Month reminds us that the need for meaningful action to fight the adverse effects of climate change is more necessary than ever. Read about the role that financial institutions can play in both the problems and the solutions, and how you can join us in fighting to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that drive climate change. 

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Start Your Good Money Habits Now: Plan to Save Your Tax Refund Before You Get It Back

By staff
  | Mar 23, 2023


We all look forward to the excitement of getting a tax refund. But instead of deciding when the money is in your hands, you can maximize the benefits of your refund by planning ahead for how you’ll use it. Read more about how you can make your refund work for you.

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Last-Minute Tax Prep Resources: Take the Stress Out of Your Taxes with Free and Accurate Services

By staff
  | Mar 09, 2023


If you haven't gotten around to doing your taxes yet and are feeling the deadline looming over you, there's no need to stress or run to a commercial tax prep service. Read about several options available for low to moderate-income taxpayers that will help you get your taxes done accurately, stress-free, and best of all, free of charge.  

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Richmond Heritage Federal Credit Union: A Story of Preserved History, Partnership and Resilience

By Carl Brown, Self-Help Executive Staff
  | Feb 23, 2023


At Self-Help, we deeply value the critical role of Black-owned and small community financial institutions. Since working with our neighbors at Richmond Heritage Federal Credit Union through a period of challenging circumstances, we're thrilled to see their work expand and their membership thrive. Learn more about our partnership with RHFCU in Self-Helper Carl Brown's Black History Month guest post. 

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BHM 2023: On Family, Fathers, and Resistance

By Quinton Smith, Self-Help VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  | Feb 09, 2023

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Self-Help's VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion shares reflections on this year's Black History Month theme, Black Resistance. 

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Demystifying Credit Scores: Start Your Financial Journey Off Strong

By staff
  | Jan 26, 2023

Hand holding a smartphone with a credit score dial emanating from the screen.

While starting a financial journey is exciting, wondering whether your current credit score will help you or hold you back can be a source of anxiety that makes many people retreat. The truth is often a little different. Read about what really goes into your credit score, and the steps you can take now to gain more control over your financial future. 

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Guest Post: On Dr. King and the Importance of Full Stories

By Quinton Smith, Self-Help VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  | Jan 12, 2023

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

Self-Help Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion shares powerful reflections on the importance of full stories this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

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Money Talk: 6 Family-Proof Financial Topics for Holiday Gatherings

By GreenPath Financial Wellness
  | Dec 16, 2022


Festive gatherings can quickly become tense when the topic of money comes up, but with some creative questions, finance doesn’t have to be a polarizing subject. Check out these six conversation starters from our partners at GreenPath that can help you safely navigate your finance conversations around the holiday dinner table. 

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Self-Help’s 2022 Annual Meetings: Gathering to Celebrate a Legacy of Service

By staff
  | Dec 01, 2022

Self-Help's two sister credit unions recently held annual meetings to celebrate our legacy of partnerships with and service to communities across our footprint. For the first time in over two years, we gathered in person with members, partners, and friends to recognize the successes of the past year and look toward our goals for the future. Take a look at some of our favorite moments from the meetings. 


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Gratitude to Our Healthy Food Systems Partners at Thanksgiving and Year-Round

By staff
  | Nov 21, 2022

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Food insecurity – in terms of both affordability and nutrition – is disproportionately high in many of the communities Self-Help serves and is why we focus on strengthening our nation’s food system.  This year as we prepare to enjoy time with family around Thanksgiving tables, we at Self-Help are deeply grateful to partners who are hard at work making sure nobody goes hungry during the holidays and year-round. Read some highlights from our partners in this effort.

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