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Gratitude to Our Healthy Food Systems Partners at Thanksgiving and Year-Round

By staff
  | Nov 21, 2022

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Food insecurity – in terms of both affordability and nutrition – is disproportionately high in many of the communities Self-Help serves and is why we focus on strengthening our nation’s food system.  This year as we prepare to enjoy time with family around Thanksgiving tables, we at Self-Help are deeply grateful to partners who are hard at work making sure nobody goes hungry during the holidays and year-round. Read some highlights from our partners in this effort.

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Russell’s Pharmacy & Shoppe: Major Changes Lead to A Strong Community Presence

By staff
  | Nov 03, 2022

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Darius and Terensia Russell had both worked as educators in Atlanta, Georgia, but when life took them in a different direction, they found their dream careers and are now proprietors of a thriving independent pharmacy that serves East Durham. Read more about their journey to business ownership. 

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International Credit Union Day: How Credit Unions Empower Communities and Individuals

By staff
  | Oct 20, 2022

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As of 2022, there are currently 5,204 credit unions with over 132 million members in the United States. If you’re reading this, you probably already know why you’re a member of a credit union, but do you know what makes a credit union different from traditional banks, and more important, what credit unions can do to empower individuals and communities? Read more to find out.
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What’s a Co-op? Cooperative Ownership Can Mean Big Possibilities for Workers and Communities

By staff
  | Oct 14, 2022

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The worker-owners of New Bern Bakery, Self-Help’s first backers, outside their storefront in 1981.

Did you know that as a credit union, Self-Help is one of many thousands of cooperative enterprises? There are currently over sixty-four thousand cooperatively owned and operated businesses in the U.S. working to meet a wide range of consumer and community needs, including financial institutions, restaurants and retail stores, manufacturers, and even utilities. Read more about how co-ops work and their potential for supporting strong and thriving local economies.

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What's Happening Around the Self-Help Family

By staff
  | Sep 22, 2022

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Self-Help is more than a credit union. Along with you, our members, we're a family of organizations that includes a lending organization; two credit unions serving the Southeast, Midwest, and West Coast; and the Center for Responsible Lending, our advocacy and research arm. Read about a few recent highlights from our efforts to achieve our mission in communities around the country and through each part of the Self-Help family. 

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Tapping Into Community to Grow Strong Roots

By staff
  | Sep 08, 2022

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Pictured: Megan Cain, owner of The ZEN Succulent, outside her Durham, NC storefront. Photo credit: Allie Mullin Photography

Megan Cain has worked a variety of jobs since college, but her childhood connection to plants and nature never left her. Megan was born and raised in Raleigh, NC in a house full of exotic plants, and her parents used the plants to instill a sense of responsibility and empathy with living things in Megan and her brother. It wasn't until Megan, well into her career, realized that she could be doing a lot more with her skills and talents, and decided to try her hand at selling handmade terrariums. Read about how she turned this side-business into both a career and a legacy for her growing family.

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Charlotte Borrowers Build Their Legacy on Family Recipes and a Passion for Entrepreneurship

By staff
  | Aug 26, 2022

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A deep personal connection to food and cooking runs in Deven and Marquita Carter’s families. The children of a caterer and a chef, respectively, the Carters grew up knowing the importance of good quality, healthy ingredients and food made with love, but didn’t expect it would become their legacy. When a health crisis forced them to rethink their diets, they decided to draw on their backgrounds in food and entrepreneurship to turn their family recipes into a successful business. Read more about their journey.

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A Long Journey Leads to Many Successful Beginnings for NC Childcare Center

By staff
  | Aug 11, 2022

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Jayme Williams and her husband Darris have come a long way to their growing childcare center in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. While their business — Successful Start Child Development Center — is now in high demand, reaching this point has taken a lot of perseverance, dedication, and a willingness to take chances. 

“It wasn’t until the last couple of years that I felt like I was capable of it. It took a lot of courage.” While the idea of starting a business from scratch was daunting, Jayme knew she had not only the necessary knowledge and skills from her decades of childcare experience, but also a supportive partner in her husband Darris. “When we saw an opportunity, we went for it,” she says. Read more about their path to business ownership.

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Working With Communities to Build Sustainable Food Systems from Farm to Fork

By staff
  | Jul 29, 2022

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At Self-Help, we appreciate that the food we all eat is the product of a whole system, not just the restaurant or supermarket where we buy it. We also believe that everyone should have access to fresh, high-quality food. Read about how we're working to support sustainable and healthy food systems from farm to fork through food systems lending, policy and advocacy efforts, and strong partnerships. 

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Announcing Our 2022 Scholarship Winners

By staff
  | Jul 13, 2022

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We're thrilled to announce Self-Help's 2022 Scholarship winners! Each year, branches across the country award a $1,000 scholarship to a local student who not only demonstrates strong academics but also shows a commitment to community service and volunteerism. Check out this year's winners.

 

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