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New Charter School Brings Opportunity to an Underserved District

By Staff
  | Aug 29, 2018

IDEA building

As many kids head back to school, we are happy to celebrate the opening of a new charter school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Working with three other lending partners, Self-Help financed an $8 million loan to New Schools for Baton Rouge to construct a permanent K-12 campus for IDEA Innovation, one of two IDEA Public Schools Louisiana campuses opening this year. IDEA Public Schools is a charter school network known for achieving high academic success in underserved educational districts.

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Self-Help Interns Made the Summer Brighter

By staff
  | Aug 09, 2018

Summer interns in Durham, NC at a service project with a local food bank.

It’s that time of year when our summer interns clean out their Self-Help desks and prepare to go back to school or post-college jobs. Boy, are we missing them! This summer we had 27 energetic students who did all kinds of work for Self-Help in several different locations. They tackled a variety of projects, from fundraising to fighting predatory lending to research on boosting sustainable business practices.

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Self-Help’s John Herrera Honored for “Changing the South”

By Staff
  | Aug 03, 2018

John Herrera

Congratulations to John Herrera, Self-Help Credit Union’s Senior VP of Latino and Hispanic Affairs! John was recently profiled by TIME Magazine as one of "31 People Who Are Changing the South." Eighteen years ago, John was a co-founder of the Latino Community Credit Union, which today serves over 75,000 members and has become a national banking model for new immigrants.

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Homeownership Education in Wilson, NC

By Demetrius Cox, Intern
  | Jul 26, 2018

In Wilson NC, Self-Help Credit Union held its first “Community Mortgage Initiative” on July 16 at the Wilson County Public Library. The purpose of the event was to describe the benefits of homeownership and help interested people find out more about the process of buying a home.

SH Mortgage Loan Officer leads session

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SBA 504 Offers a Path for Smart Business Growth

By staff
  | Jul 19, 2018

WorkSmart employees in Durham, NC

SBA 504 loans are backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Self-Help is SBA-certified to offer these loans, which come with significant advantages to small businesses. Here we highlight the success of WorkSmart, a business headquartered in Durham, NC that in recent years has experienced remarkable growth. 

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Rodeo Rounds Up Tons of Recycling

By Staff
  | Jul 12, 2018

Recycling Rodeo at Revolution Mill

In June, the City of Greensboro and Revolution Mill partnered up to sponsor a Recycling Rodeo. The event, held on the Revolution Mill campus, encouraged Guilford County residents to bring hard-to-recycle items such as chemicals, paint, batteries and car oil. The Rodeo also solicited donations for Dress for Success in Winston-Salem, a nonprofit that provides professional attire for low-income job seekers.

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Sprint Offers Cash Rewards to Credit Union Members

By Staff
  | Jun 28, 2018

Sprint "Love My Credit Union" logo

Attention all Self-Help members: If you’re in the market for a new phone or phone lines, you may be interested in this special offer. Sprint® is paying a $100 cash reward to credit union members for each new line switched to Sprint.

Self-Help members have already been taking advantage of this “Love My Credit Union” promotion. In fact, since the beginning of 2017, our members have received more than $14,000 in cash rewards.

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Summer Boot Camp for Food Entrepreneurs

By Dylan Timmerman, Public Policy intern
  | Jun 25, 2018

Tera Johnson leads a Financial Management session at Self-Help for entrepreneurs in food-related industries.

Self-Help Credit Union hosted a variety of food entrepreneurs for the first of two sessions of a Financial Management Boot Camp on June 6 and 7 in Durham, NC. The workshops, led by Tera Johnson from the Food Finance Institute, help entrepreneurs in the food and farm industries learn how to expand their businesses while remaining financially sustainable.

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23 Students Selected to be Self-Help Scholars

By staff
  | Jun 18, 2018

Collage of Self-Help's 2018 scholarship winners

Congratulations to the 23 students (18 shown above) who recently received a Self-Help Credit Union scholarship! A winner was selected from each of our branch offices in North Carolina and Virginia as well as from Jax Metro, our credit union in Florida. All of the scholarship recipients have demonstrated a commitment to service and building stronger communities.

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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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