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Documenting Two Remarkable Credit Unions

By Jeannine Esposito
  | Dec 17, 2018

Picture of Keene Cafe building

I first met our editor and videographer, Joseph Hernandez, at the Keene Café in Keene, California. It was a convenient meeting spot on the way to the Cesar Chavez Monument and Villa La Paz, both nearby. There we laid the foundation for what was to become “Kern Central Credit Union: A Legacy of Serving Workers in the Fields.” In creating this video we knew we wanted to cover not only the history of Kern Central Credit Union, but also the Farm Workers Credit Union that merged with Kern in 1995.

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Inspired by Our Members—A Wonderful Annual Meeting!

By Staff
  | Nov 19, 2018

Photo of staff from the 2018 Annual Meeting

Last week more than 100 members and supporters joined staff for the Self-Help Credit Union annual meeting – the best Self-Help CU annual meeting in our entire history. This year was extra special because of the stories our members shared. Our CEO, Martin Eakes, wrapped it up by talking about Self-Help CU’s geographic growth, partnerships and more.

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7 Tips for Holiday Shopping

By staff
  | Nov 08, 2018

Enjoy an Affordable Holiday

Man holding a stack of gifts

‘Tis the season when we’re bombarded with enticements to spend extra money, presumably to have happy holidays. The truth is that overspending can make for a very unhappy new year.

A few simple actions can help avoid giving your wallet a nasty holiday hangover. We’ve culled the Internet for advice on managing holiday spending, and here we share just a few favorite tips with you:

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    Welcome to Two Credit Unions in South Carolina

    By staff
      | Oct 30, 2018

    Graphic - two SC credit unions merge with Self-Help

    In case you missed it: We’re happy to announce two new additions to the Self-Help Credit Union family, both located in South Carolina. Welcome to Palmetto Trust Federal Credit Union located in Columbia, and also to CommunityWorks Federal Credit Union in Greenville. Palmetto Trust Federal officially joined us on September 1. CommunityWorks followed on October 1.

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    Choice Community: A Tight-Knit Credit Union Family

    By Staff
      | Oct 18, 2018

    Miller CFCU

    In the late 1970s, when Martha Miller was asked to manage a credit union for Burlington Industries employees, she said, “What’s a credit union?” The Greensboro, North Carolina resident went on to serve as CEO of Choice Federal Credit Union (originally Burlington Employees Federal CU), and ultimately became a leader in NC’s credit union movement.

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    A Legacy for the People: 17 Years of Service to West Oakland

    By Sasha Werblin - Executive Staff, Self-Help Federal Credit Union
      | Sep 25, 2018

    People's brought affordable financial services to an area that had been a banking desert.

    Seventeen years ago, this November, marks a big day in West Oakland—the inception of People’s Community Partnership Federal Credit Union. People’s was the first and only affordable financial institution in West Oakland in over 40 years. Our latest legacy video tells the story of People’s—now part of Self-Help Federal—a story of true labor of love and activism to build economic power in Oakland’s low-income neighborhoods.

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    How to Help Hurricane Florence Victims

    By Staff
      | Sep 18, 2018


    It is heartening to see how many groups have quickly mobilized to help victims of Hurricane Florence. Here we have compiled a quick reference list of resources for donating to reputable groups.

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    Credit Union Resources for Members Affected by Hurricane Florence

    By staff
      | Sep 12, 2018

    Girl stares at rain through window

    Many of our members live in areas likely to be affected by Hurricane Florence. We at Self-Help Credit Union will take all measures to continue our service to you. Here is a brief summary of resources for members. Here's how to get access to Self-Help CU Banking Services ...

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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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