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Self-Help’s Family History: Stories from Our Vault

Watch this trailer with clips from several documentaries in our vault.

Beginning with a Volkswagen Beatle and a bake sale, Self-Help has developed a lot of history since we started in 1980. But in recent years, our history has gotten even bigger. Since 2004, we’ve merged with more than 20 banks and credit unions around the country.

Our merged family members each come to us with their own unique stories. Many were started by groups such as farmworkers, employers, blue-collar workers, people of color and people of faith. They served manufacturing and hospital workers, teachers, African Americans, immigrants and others in low-income or rural communities.

As these financial institutions join the Self-Help family, much is gained as we can serve more people and expand economic opportunity in a wider area. But, over time, their unique histories could be lost. Thus, we are preserving their stories in a series of short documentaries.

Click on the photos below or use the drop-down navigation to check out the legacy stories of the credit unions and banks that have become part of the Self-Help family over the years.

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Choice Federal Credit Union
James Fabrics - Cheraw, S.C. Scan 1 250x250
People's Federal Credit Union
Community Celebration 2005 250min
Seaway Bank
Former employees at Seaway Bank
DuPont Employees Credit Union
DuPont Employees Credit Union
Scotland Credit Association
Scotland Credit Association, now part of Self-Help Credit Union in Greensboro.
Second Federal S&L
Second Federal Savings
St. Luke Credit Union
St. Luke Credit Union