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How 400 Homes were Saved in Chicago—and Why We Care

By Ellen Schloemer and Micheline Savarin
  | Aug 17, 2017

This week at Self-Help we released a new video that traces the history of Second Federal Savings & Loan, a bank serving immigrants on Chicago’s Little Village community since 1882.

Why are we telling the story of an old bank on the south side of Chicago?

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How to Protect Your Money and Accounts Online

By NerdWallet
  | Aug 10, 2017

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Being able to bank or shop online is a great convenience, but you want to be sure you're protecting yourself before you hit “submit.” If the wrong people access your accounts, you might find yourself with a lot less money than you thought — and a lot of work to set things right. Here are six steps you can take to help make sure that doesn't happen.

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Self-Help Internships: More Than a Desk Job

By Teree Willis
  | Aug 03, 2017

Summer Interns

Last week I was among nine summer interns in Durham, NC who spent a steamy summer afternoon volunteering for a local nonprofit called SEEDS. SEEDS maintains a two-acre garden classroom for young people ...

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Self-Help Branches Pitch in to Fight Childhood Hunger

By Staff
  | Jul 27, 2017

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Summer can be a carefree time for kids who are out of school, but for those who rely on school lunches, hot days can be hungry days. Here at Self-Help, we’re involved in several initiatives to help.

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What's in a Credit Score?

By Brian F. Jackson
  | Jul 21, 2017

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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

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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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