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Celebrating Juneteenth: Understanding the Flag, Colors, and Traditions

By Staff
  | Jun 18, 2024

Juneteeth Celebrating Black liberation in the past, present and future

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) is a holiday commemorating the end of chattel slavery in the United States. It marks the day in 1865 that news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Galveston, TX, letting the last people who were enslaved in the U.S. know they were free. It is considered a second Independence Day and is also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day.

Juneteenth became the newest federal holiday in 2021, which means many of us are still learning about its significance. At Self-Help, we’re honoring this important holiday by getting a better understanding of the meaning behind some of the iconic Juneteenth symbols and traditions.

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A Guide to Navigating Homeownership for LGBTQIA+ Folks

By Staff
  | Jun 06, 2024

pride flag hanging outside a home

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and Homeownership Month. What better way to honor both of these month-long celebrations than by talking about homeownership for LGBTQIA+ folks.

At Self-Help, when we say ownership and economic opportunity for all, we mean ALL, which is why we put together this guide to support a more accessible homeownership journey for LGBTQIA+ couples, families, and individuals. LGBTQIA+ people face unique challenges when it comes to housing, and education is key!  

In this article, we discuss barriers to homeownership, advice on how to financially prepare, and tips for ensuring a safe and productive homebuying experience. 

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What Does the Recent CFPB Supreme Court Ruling Mean for Me?

By Staff
  | May 31, 2024

outside of the Supreme Court


If you’re following the news, you may have seen or heard something about the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, often referred to as the CFPB, and be wondering what it’s all about. 

We’re here to help break down what the CFPB is, what function it serves, and why this latest ruling is meaningful to you as a consumer. 

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Uplifting AANHPI Small Businesses in the Wake of the Pandemic

By Staff
  | May 29, 2024

Asian man in a suit outside of a store

Tae Park, entrepreneur and borrower with Self-Help Credit Union, stands outside his grocery store, International Foods, in Raleigh, NC. Circa 2012.

While most of us have adjusted to living in a post-lockdown world, it’s hard not to acknowledge the deep, lasting impacts that COVID continues to have on our lives.  

In this article, we discuss the challenges that AANHPI businesses have faced due to the pandemic and how we can uplift these businesses this Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month and beyond.

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Financial Empowerment for AANHPI Communities: Breaking Down the Model Minority Myth

By Staff
  | May 16, 2024

Pacific Islander Family showing a phone to a baby while smiling

This May, Self-Help is honoring Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month!

To achieve our mission of economic opportunity for all, we are actively working to close the racial wealth gap. But too often, AANHPI communities are left out of conversations about economic inequality and financial empowerment.

In this post, we explore some of the dynamics that affect the financial well-being of AANHPI people and share some financial tips for people in the AANHPI community.


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Celebrate Earth Day by Taking Steps to Save Energy (and Money!)

By Staff
  | Apr 22, 2024

Two smiling children standing by a tree holding a cardboard sign that says Happy Earth Day


Happy Earth Day! Every Earth Day brings an opportunity to celebrate and protect the earth we share. Together, we can make our environment healthier for ourselves and future generations.  

Upgrading to clean energy technologies, both collectively and individually, is an important part of that effort. And, even better, making clean energy choices can also save you money!

With many options now available, it can be hard to know where to start. So this Earth Day, we’re sharing tips on simple steps you can take to save energy, lower your energy bills, and help create a healthier environment for all.

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Showing Up: Inspiration from a Recent Conversation

By staff
  | Feb 29, 2024

screenshot of a video call between two smiling Black professional women


At Self-Help, we honor Black History Month by highlighting some of the many stories, people and issues that resonate with us. We acknowledge that diversity and inclusion are some of our strongest tools in our work towards authentic equity. We note where we could do better, and we celebrate successes. 

But just as we don’t practice gratitude only on Thanksgiving or offer affection to our loved ones only on Valentine’s Day, we also don’t just celebrate Black history during February. Instead, we aim to integrate celebration, equity and inclusion into our work throughout the year.

We appreciate that many within our community have a similar year-round commitment to equity. In this post, we share a snippet of a recent conversation between Kimberly Jones, Vice President and Director of Partnerships & Community Engagement for our Midwest region, and community leader and entrepreneur Sarah Ware. We hope you find it as thought-provoking as we did!

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Honoring Black History, Making History Today

By staff
  | Feb 16, 2024

April Snow Gilbert, Area Manager, stands with the Black history display in Self-Help Federal CU’s Chatham branch in Chicago.

It has been a festive February at Self-Help as we celebrate Black History Month! The nationwide theme for 2024 is “African Americans and the Arts.” Our branches are marking the occasion in a variety of special ways, ranging from live music and art exhibits to neighborhood tours. Otherwise, lifting up Black achievements and recognizing Black history as America’s history is just part of who we are and the everyday work we do to expand economic opportunities for all.

Here are just a few examples of Self-Help activities this month.

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Black History Month 2024: African Americans and the Arts

By Dr. Quinton Smith, VP of DEI
  | Feb 01, 2024

image of a magnet that says Black Art Matters in green, yellow and red script The theme for Black History Month this year is “African Americans and the Arts.” In honor of this theme, we're kicking off Black History Month with a guest post by Self-Help's VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Quinton Smith.

In his post, Dr. Smith (or "Dr. Q" as he prefers to be called) explores the history of Black art in America and beyond, underscoring just how important the contributions of Black artists have been to our culture.

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Guest Post: Celebrating Diversity this Hispanic Heritage Month

By Adelcio Lugo, Regional President, Self-Help Credit Union
  | Sep 21, 2023

photo of a seated and smiling black woman

Over the next four weeks, Self-Help staff and members across our branches will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. As I join with my colleagues in the celebration, I find myself reflecting on what “Hispanic Heritage" means to me.  

I’m a first-generation immigrant to the United States from Venezuela, which means that I get to experience the United States through a rich kaleidoscope of perspectives. I'm an immigrant, and a United States citizen, and a Venezuelan, and a member of the diverse Hispanic/Latino community—all at once.  

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