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20-Somethings: 5 Ways to Master Money While You Wait in Line

By Brianna McGurran
  | Mar 23, 2017

5 Ways to Master Money While You Wait

Every morning I wait for the elevator in my building, stand in line to order coffee at a cafe, and will the subway to arrive while pacing the platform. Those few-minute blocks of time are all opportunities to master my money game.

That’s because it’s easier to chip away at big financial goals, one by one, if you break them into more manageable chunks. The first task often takes so little time, you can do it on your phone while waiting in line at the supermarket. When you’ve got a few minutes to kill, inch closer to goals like paying off your student loans and saving $1 million for retirement with these quick maneuvers.

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Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Self-Help Sign

By Anthony Scott
  | Mar 16, 2017

Self-Help Signs

Sign-making is both a skill and an art.  The artistic qualities of a finished sign are obvious, but we rarely see the skill that goes into making the sign.  For that, it’s best to tour a factory where signs are being built, which is precisely what we did to produce this short video.  The one-minute video captures scenes of the making of some of our Self-Help signs. (Venue: the SouthWood Corporation facility in Charlotte, North Carolina).

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Self-Help Offers Community Scholarships

By Staff
  | Mar 09, 2017

Self-Help Scholarship 2016

 > Scholarship information and application

Again this year, all Self-Help Credit Union branch offices are awarding $500 scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary education in a vocational school or college.  The main criterion is a demonstrated commitment to service in the community. We also ask applicants to submit a short essay on the value of credit unions in the community.

 

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Borrower Packrite Continues to Grow

By Suzanne Julian
  | Mar 01, 2017

Packrite Co-owners

When loan officer Dale Harrold started working at Self-Help many years ago, he didn’t know he’d one day be standing in a large manufacturing facility in High Point, NC, admiring a Bobst 87-inch Masterflute 324 Asitrade Singleface Laminator. But that’s exactly what Dale did last week, at an open house event for one of our favorite borrowers, Packrite.

Husband-and-wife team Michael and Mary Drummond co-founded Packrite in 2008 with 18 employees. The company fills an important but easily overlooked manufacturing niche — it helps create packaging for products in a wide range of industries.

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Key Tax-Preparation Tips to Cut Stress

By Nerdwallet
  | Feb 21, 2017

Tax Preparation

Although it comes around every spring, tax season tends to inflict the same headaches year after year. To reduce your stress — and maximize your refund — it'll help to stay organized and be aware of recent changes to the tax code.

For additional motivation to get on track, keep in mind that the average refund has been about $3,000 in recent years. Even if you don't expect to get that much back, there are plenty of ways to put a refund to good use. But first, you'll have to file your returns properly, taking advantage of any deductions you might qualify for. Here's a look at where to get started.

 

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Summer Internships - You Can Still Apply!

By Mary Moore
  | Feb 16, 2017

2016 Self-Help Interns

Self-Help interns, class of 2016

 Self-Help is now accepting applications for 10-week summer internships. Projects are available in a variety of areas, including real estate, commercial lending, clean energy, policy work and marketing. Deadline to apply: February 26, 2017.

We won’t compare a Self-Help internship to a stint in the army, but the same slogan applies: it’s not just a job. It’s a chance to do hands-on community development work that often makes a lasting difference. That’s because our internships are a vital part of the work we do at Self-Help.

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Protecting Pauli Murray’s Legacy

By Brittany Bennett
  | Feb 09, 2017

Since moving to Durham in 2014, I have been fascinated by this city's history —specifically the rich history of black people here. I soak up opportunities to learn more about the legacy of entrepreneurship on Black Wall Street, black organizing through groups such as the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People and the significance of neighborhoods where black people could live, work and thrive in spite of Jim Crow.

In my learning, I came across the name Pauli Murray and instantly felt that everything she stood for in her life as a women's and civil rights activist, lawyer, poet and priest continues to be so important and relevant for our current times.

Pauli Murray

Pauli Murray at work. Courtesy of the NC Collection, Wilson Library in Chapel Hill, NC.

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Sharing the Legacy of an African-American Credit Union

By Anthony Scott
  | Feb 01, 2017

History of St. Luke Credit Union

During a January trip to rural Bertie County, North Carolina, I had the opportunity to meet several remarkable people. I traveled there with my Self-Help colleague, Roger Flake, to document the history of St. Luke Credit Union, founded in 1944. While there, we recorded a conversation with Mr. Charles Lee Sutton, who recounted his childhood memories of depositing his hard-earned dimes in a credit union where his parents were charter members. 

We also met Mr. Timothy Bazemore, Sr., a proud man who tells the story of learning how to wisely save and borrow from an educator who helped to form St. Luke Credit Union. These lessons set the foundation ...


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Executive Order Raises Cost on Some Home Loans

By Suzanne J.
  | Jan 26, 2017

people moving into their new homeFor families hoping to buy their first home, this week brought some bad news: many will have to pay more for a mortgage.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it was cutting the mortgage insurance rate for Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-backed loans by 0.25 percentage points.

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Kind Words from our Mystery Homeowner

By Mary Moore
  | Jan 19, 2017

Back in December, Self-Help staff in Asheville (Wall Street location) noticed a note attached to a catering dish delivered for a holiday event. The note was anonymous, but we soon discovered that one of our homeowners, Martha Worley, was the thoughtful person.

Homeowner Martha Worley

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