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Recovering from Hurricane Matthew: How to Help

By Mary M
  | Oct 20, 2016

flooded cars

We are feeling very lucky at Self-Help Credit Union this week. On Monday, we were able to re-open two of our branches – in Kinston and Windsor, NC – that were closed temporarily last week because of damage from Hurricane Matthew. Thanks to many dedicated staff and vendors, both branches are again up and running.

But we are painfully aware that many communities in eastern North Carolina and elsewhere have not been so fortunate. Many people continue to face hardships from storm damage and flooding. Significant parts of NC are underwater, and several thousand families are still living in shelters or trying to get by without essentials such as clean running water. 

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Info for SHCU members affected by Eastern NC floods

By Ellen S
  | Oct 15, 2016

To date, flooding in eastern NC has killed 22 people and damaged thousands of homes, farms, small businesses, community facilities and essential infrastructure in many areas.  Self-Help is committed to assisting the victims of these floods and helping restore their communities.   nc flood

With thousands of Self-Help Credit Union members in the affected areas, one of our priorities is preserving their access to financial services and resources.  Here is a brief summary of how members can access their accounts and get help. 

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Northside Neighborhood Celebrates First Anniversary

By Amandine M.
  | Oct 12, 2016

Northside Neighborhood Initiative's partners at the CelebrationLast week more than 150 local residents and community partners came together to commemorate the first anniversary of the Northside Neighborhood Initiative, an organized initiative to revitalize and preserve a historic neighborhood in Chapel Hill, NC. In a short time, this effort has shown great results.

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Self-Help Joins Investors in Calling for HB2 Repeal

By Suzanne J. and Mary M.
  | Oct 03, 2016

Major investors at last week's press conference calling for HB2 repeal

On Monday, September 26, Self-Help joined a group of more than 50 investment management firms calling for the full repeal of North Carolina's House Bill 2 (HB2).  Investors that signed on to a joint statement included RBC Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, John Hancock and Trillium Asset Management. Collectively, all the investors opposing HB2 manage $2.1 trillion in assets. That figure is expected to grow as more investors formally join the opposition in the coming days and weeks.

Investors are known to be practical people who care about bottom-line profits. So why would they care about HB2?

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A Bridge to Your Butcher, Your Baker and Your Beer-Maker

By Suzanne J.
  | Sep 29, 2016

newly installed pedestrian bridge at Revolution MillIt's been an exciting time at Self-Help's Revolution Mill property in Greensboro. This week saw the installation of a new pedestrian bridge that runs alongside the future site of Natty Greene's Kitchen + Market (coming in 2017), connecting the Revolution Mill campus with land on the south side of Buffalo Creek.

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New Space for a Charter School with a Mission

By Amandine M.
  | Sep 22, 2016

It was a day of pride and gratitude. On September 16, kids, parents, elected officials and community leaders celebrated the completion of KIPP Durham College Prep, a public charter school dedicated to serving lower-income students and closing the achievement gap. “KIPP,” which is a national non-profit network of public charter schools, stands for the “Knowledge is Power Program.”

KIPP Durham ribbon-cutting ceremony

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Meet a Determined Entrepreneur and Get the Latest News

By Mary M.
  | Sep 15, 2016

We’ve been inspired by the determination of Tracy Scott, a Self-Help borrower and entrepreneur who knows how to make dreams happen.  Take a minute to meet Tracy in our latest video and find out about some really tasty salad dressings, too.

Tracy presenting her salad dressings

Tracy Scott’s personal weight loss goals led her to start her own business, Tracy’s Gourmet.

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Reflections on a Credit Union Career: Standing up for Members and Building Loyalty

By Mary M.
  | Sep 08, 2016

Ed Holland, Jr., CEO of Greater Piedmont CU
Ed Holland, Jr., in his Durham office.

When you talk to Ed Holland, Jr. about his career, two words come up a lot: trust and loyalty. In his 35 years as CEO of Greater Piedmont Credit Union, he worked hard to meet the financial needs of his members. They, in turn, have shown a strong loyalty to their credit union.

Greater Piedmont officially became part of the Self-Help family in April this year. Merging two businesses is never simple, but when considering the possibility, Ed and his board of directors were confident that the fit was right.

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Kent Corner: Sustainability for the Environment and the Community

By Amandine M.
  | Sep 02, 2016

Kent Corner developmentWe’re pleased to announce that Durham’s Kent Corner development is a project finalist for the U.S. Green Building Council North Carolina’s Sustainable Business Award. We are proud to share this honor with the other inspiring finalists.

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Saving Lives with the Gift of Blood

By Mary M.
  | Aug 24, 2016

We at Self-Help like to say we give blood, sweat and tears to our mission, and sometimes the blood donation is literal.  On Tuesday this week Self-Help Credit Union in Durham worked with the American Red Cross to hold an on-site blood drive, where staff members and some of our local neighbors had an opportunity to participate. Altogether, Self-Helpers and friends gave 25 units of blood! Each unit can save up to three people’s lives, so as many as 75 recipients could benefit.

Blood donors holding hands

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