Self-Help Shares

A surprise gift from a homeowner

By Staff
  | Dec 15, 2016

dish of food with kind thank-you note

We received a lovely delivery at our Asheville branch this week: a dish of harvest stuffing, along with a sweet note from a home loan borrower.

What a delightful -– and delicious -– surprise! We love connecting with our members, and we love helping people become homeowners.

To the home owner who sent us this kind surprise: thank you. You made our week.

And to all our members and friends, we’re wishing you a wonderful holiday season, filled with kindness, connection, and the little moments that make you smile.

Responding to Disasters: Snapshots of Our Volunteers

By Staff
  | Dec 01, 2016

Two volunteer fire fighters in western NC, Nov. 2016

As NC struggles with two disasters—the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in the eastern part of the state and raging wildfires in the west—we salute the thousands of people who are helping. Many Self-Help members and staff have provided extraordinary service or joined in volunteer efforts. Here we offer a brief sample of stories, and we will continue to collect more.

Full story

Celebrating a Long History and a Promising Future in Chicago

By Suzanne J.
  | Nov 21, 2016

folklorico dancers

Dancers from Ballet Folklorico Xochitl

Mariachi music, folklorico dancers, good food and community--last week's ribbon-cutting celebration at our Second Federal branch in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood was full of life.


Second Federal, a Division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union comprises three branches in Chicago, including the Little Village branch. Second Federal began life in 1882 as a savings and loan association. When financial hard times forced the thrift to close in 2012, Self-Help Federal Credit Union (SHFCU) joined with partners to save it, bringing Second Federal into the Self-Help family. Now Second Federal is a full-service division of SHFCU.

Full story

Recapping our Annual Meeting

By Mary M.
  | Nov 11, 2016

Sheila Wheeler and La-Tasha Best-GaddyOn November 9, Self-Help held its annual meeting in downtown Durham, providing members and guests with delicious local food and also plenty of food for thought.

The theme of the event was “Building Opportunity through Clean Energy.”



Full story

Connecting Local Farmers to NC Tables All Year Round

By Staff
  | Nov 03, 2016

At Self-Help, we seek ways to fund small businesses, increase access to fresh food, and boost financial opportunities in rural communities. So when a potential borrower accomplishes all three of these goals with one enterprise, it gets our attention. We’re pleased to announce that we recently closed a $150,000 Small Business Administration (SBA) loan with Seal the Seasons, a small business created by entrepreneur Patrick Mateer.

Full story

A School that Gets an A+ on Energy Efficiency

By Staff
  | Oct 27, 2016

Girl standing next to a water-bottle filling stationTo run a successful school, administrators must juggle a daunting list of goals aimed at providing high-quality education while maintaining financial stability. For many schools, energy efficiency and protecting the environment never even make it to the list.

Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS), located in Georgia, is a shining exception. In this high-performing public charter school, school leaders decided to make energy efficiency a priority as they renovated the campus in 2012.

Full story

Recovering from Hurricane Matthew: How to Help

By Mary M
  | Oct 20, 2016

flooded cars

We are feeling very lucky at Self-Help Credit Union this week. On Monday, we were able to re-open two of our branches – in Kinston and Windsor, NC – that were closed temporarily last week because of damage from Hurricane Matthew. Thanks to many dedicated staff and vendors, both branches are again up and running.

But we are painfully aware that many communities in eastern North Carolina and elsewhere have not been so fortunate. Many people continue to face hardships from storm damage and flooding. Significant parts of NC are underwater, and several thousand families are still living in shelters or trying to get by without essentials such as clean running water. 

Full story

Info for SHCU members affected by Eastern NC floods

By Ellen S
  | Oct 15, 2016

To date, flooding in eastern NC has killed 22 people and damaged thousands of homes, farms, small businesses, community facilities and essential infrastructure in many areas.  Self-Help is committed to assisting the victims of these floods and helping restore their communities.   nc flood

With thousands of Self-Help Credit Union members in the affected areas, one of our priorities is preserving their access to financial services and resources.  Here is a brief summary of how members can access their accounts and get help. 

Full story

Northside Neighborhood Celebrates First Anniversary

By Amandine M.
  | Oct 12, 2016

Northside Neighborhood Initiative's partners at the CelebrationLast week more than 150 local residents and community partners came together to commemorate the first anniversary of the Northside Neighborhood Initiative, an organized initiative to revitalize and preserve a historic neighborhood in Chapel Hill, NC. In a short time, this effort has shown great results.

Full story

Self-Help Joins Investors in Calling for HB2 Repeal

By Suzanne J. and Mary M.
  | Oct 03, 2016

Major investors at last week's press conference calling for HB2 repeal

On Monday, September 26, Self-Help joined a group of more than 50 investment management firms calling for the full repeal of North Carolina's House Bill 2 (HB2).  Investors that signed on to a joint statement included RBC Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, John Hancock and Trillium Asset Management. Collectively, all the investors opposing HB2 manage $2.1 trillion in assets. That figure is expected to grow as more investors formally join the opposition in the coming days and weeks.

Investors are known to be practical people who care about bottom-line profits. So why would they care about HB2?

Full story