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What's in a Credit Score?

By Brian F. Jackson
  | Jul 21, 2017

Among all the numbers in your life, your credit score is the most important when it comes to your financial future. Your score can affect whether you get a loan, credit card or apartment, how much you can borrow; the interest rate you pay; or even whether you land a job! Here’s some basic information about what makes up your score and how scores work.

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Investing in Greensboro: Revolution Mill

By Brian Jackson
  | Jul 13, 2017

Revolution Mill is a multi-use campus designed for Greensboro residents to live, work, and create near downtown. Self-Help has spent the past five years renovating and renewing the site as a way to spur growth and investment in the Greensboro area. Located on a 45-acre historic former textile campus, Revolution Mill houses residential apartments, upscale indoor and outdoor amenities including access to Greensboro's larger Greenway network, and over 250,000 square feet of office space. 
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WATCH: Time-lapse Footage of New Sign Installation in Durham

By Brian Jackson, Self-Help intern
  | Jul 06, 2017

Last week, Self-Help's headquarters in Durham got a major face-lift. The signage at the top of the building on the Ramseur street side had been on display for nearly two decades. This past Friday, crews worked all day, stopping only for a brief rain delay, to detach and lower the old sign and raise the new one. The new sign is 40 feet long, nine feet tall, and was lifted by crane approximately eight stories high. The time-lapse video below shows a spectacular view of the installation process. Check out those clouds!

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Renting vs. Owning – A Few Facts to Consider

By Teree Willis, Self-Help Intern
  | Jun 29, 2017

Teree Willis, Intern

Our summer intern, Teree Willis, intends to buy her own home one day. Here she explains why.  

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Our 2017 Self-Help Scholars

By Brian Jackson, intern
  | Jun 22, 2017

Scholarship winners 2017

Each year our Self-Help Credit Union branches offer $500 to a local student planning to attend vocational school or college. We evaluate each application on the student’s proven commitment to community service through leadership or volunteer activities. Each applicant also submits an essay on the value of credit unions in the community. Here we present our 17 winners.

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Extending our Family in Florida and Chicago

By Staff
  | Jun 15, 2017

Seaway photo    Jax_Metro_Logo

Recently Self-Help Credit Union and Self-Help Federal Credit Union each had a significant merger, expanding our mission footprint in Florida and Chicago, respectively. Effective June 1, Jax Metro Credit Union joined Self-Help Credit Union. The other recent expansion came on May 1, when Chicago’s Seaway Bank became part of Self-Help Federal Credit Union.

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Honoring the Late, Great Chuck Davis

By Anthony Scott
  | Jun 07, 2017

Chuck Davis

This past Saturday I attended the funeral service of Baba Chuck Davis in Durham, North Carolina. In the African tradition, “Baba” means father. In Durham, I think it’s safe to say that “Baba” means Chuck Davis!

Before I even reached Union Baptist Church it was clear that I was approaching the right place. The air was carrying the unmistakably deep, tight beat of African drummers and the song of an unrestrained praise choir at full voice.

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Taking the First Step Towards Homeownership

By Suzanne Julian
  | Jun 01, 2017

New homeowner Anika Williams and daughters

When Anika Williams walked into a Self-Help Credit Union branch in February of 2015, she was nervous. She had a clear goal in mind: She wanted become a homeowner. But the path to reaching her goal seemed daunting, full of steps she didn't fully understand. She knew she had a low credit score, but she wasn't sure how to improve it. Anika remembers, “I knew what I wanted, but I didn't know how to get there.”


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Financial Tips for Recent Grads

By Staff
  | May 25, 2017

new grad

College is in your rearview mirror, and you’re about to enter the working world. Although snagging a job certainly calls for a celebration or two, it is also time to start tackling the various financial responsibilities that await you, like saving for retirement and improving your credit score. Here’s an overview of where to get started, including several best practices to help you along the way.


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Community Development Focused on Asian Pacific Americans

By Staff
  | May 18, 2017

Community Development Focused on Asian Pacific Americans

 

Graphic courtesy of National CAPACD

This month is National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and many people are celebrating the history and culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the US. Here we salute a partner that is focused on the financial well-being of these diverse groups. The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (“CAPACD” or “the Coalition”) supports nonprofit organizations working in communities all over the nation to expand economic and educational opportunities for lower-income Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). 

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