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Loans for “First Responders to the Soul”

By James Sansom
  | Mar 10, 2022

James Sansom

James Sansom works at Self-Help to advance lending to faith-based institutions. "We lend to all faiths. It may be a church. It could be a synagogue. It could be a temple. It just depends on the market, the mission fit and the opportunity. We take a lot of pride in trying to find a way to make the loan versus trying to find reasons not to make the loan. I think that’s a real difference." 

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Call on Black-Owned Small Businesses—This Month, Next Month and Beyond

By staff
  | Feb 25, 2022

Collage of Black-Owned Businesses

During Black History Month and all year round, we encourage members and friends to support Black-owned enterprises. When you have a need for a product or service, do a Google search for relevant Black-owned businesses or browse one of the directories included in this post.

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Building a Legacy: A Self-Help Employee Reflects on Black History Month

By Franja Brown
  | Feb 10, 2022

Franja Brown's grandson depositing savings

Self-Help’s mission and history are strongly linked to Black history, and many of the credit unions we have merged with reflect great achievements by local Black leaders. For example, Seaway, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union in Chicago, was once the largest Black-owned bank in the Midwest. As we celebrate Black History Month, Franja Brown, a business development director and financial coach at Seaway offers her personal thoughts.

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Top 5 Reasons to Work at Self-Help

By staff
  | Jan 28, 2022

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As we expand our services and service area, Self-Help has a lot of job opportunities right now. We are seeking people with a variety of skills who are customer-focused, results-focused and excited about our mission of expanding economic opportunity for all. We have openings in all the states we serve, including places such as Greenville, SC; Jacksonville, FL; the Chicago area; and many locations in California and North Carolina. Here are five great reasons to apply for a Self-Help job.

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Honoring Dr. King with Hope, Service and Action

By staff
  | Jan 14, 2022


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, celebrating the great man's life and legacy, is fittingly designated as a day of service. As we prepare to celebrate in 2022, we join Dr. King's call to work for justice and find ways to serve while carrying hope. To honor this day, we lift up just a few of our staff members who take time to volunteer in their communities.

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Happy New Year from all of us at Self-Help!

By staff
  | Dec 30, 2021

Screenshot of new year video

We are ending 2021 full of gratitude. To our members, our staff and our partners: thank you. You make this work possible. It's a privilege to join with you as we work together to expand economic opportunity. Hear more in a brief video message from Randy Chambers, executive vice president, and some of our credit union leaders from across the country.

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Welcoming a Long-Time Partner as a Future Neighbor

By Lily Steponaitis and Tim Quinn
  | Dec 03, 2021

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Self-Help Federal Credit Union’s branch in Bakersfield, California soon will have a new neighbor. Plans are in the works to build the Dolores Huerta Peace and Justice Cultural Center on property now occupied by a Self-Help Federal branch. We will be building a new branch at this location as we prepare to welcome a wonderful asset to the community.

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Annual Meeting: Celebrating Progress in Difficult Times

By staff
  | Nov 15, 2021

10 Facts from SH's 2021 Annual Meeting

Thanks to all who tuned into our virtual annual meeting on November 10! The overarching theme can be summed up as “progress in a painful time.” Much of the meeting was devoted to reporting on how Self-Help has responded by expanding our products, services and lending innovations. 


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The Credit Union Difference

By staff
  | Oct 28, 2021

Brevard branch distributing lunch to members

Last week we at Self-Help joined credit unions all over the world in celebrating International Credit Union Day – more about that below. First, we want to give you an update on a member we’ve featured in this space before: Mr. Lee Curry, a resident of the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. On October 22, Mr. Curry celebrated his 102nd birthday!

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Succeeding During COVID: Small Business Persistence Pays Off

By staff
  | Oct 15, 2021

Small business owners of Icecapades

During the past two years of the pandemic, many small business owners have shown great determination and resilience even through tough economic times. Self-Help has had the privilege of partnering with many small businesses as they recover. Here’s a recent example in Jacksonville, Florida, contributed by Area Manager Megan Nissley.

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