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Self-Help Credit Union “Adopt a Backpack” Drive Up and Running

Self-Help Members Can Fill School Supply Backpacks for $5 through Aug. 20

Aug 6, 2015

DURHAM, NC – Self-Help Credit Union’s third annual “Adopt a Backpack” campaign is now up and running. All 18 Self-Help branches are working with members to help ensure children have basic school supplies for the start the school year.

Through the program credit union members and others can “adopt” a backpack at any Self-Help branch by donating $5 for school supplies. For each $5 donation Self-Help buys the school supplies, provides a drawstring backpack and delivers the backpacks filled with a total of 20 items including notebooks, paper, pens and pencils.

This year’s campaign ends on Thursday August 20.

“Our ‘Adopt a Backpack’ drive has become a fun annual event that helps the community, “said Self-Help Credit Union President Randy Chambers. “Having credit union members and branch staff join together to help out kids in need is a win for everyone.”

Ashley Chadwick and Melody McBroom, Self-Help’s Kinston and Wilmington Branch Managers, started the program in their branches in 2012. Since 2013 all Self-Help Credit Union branches have participated. Self-Help now has 18 branches in total. Each branch works with a local school or school system to distribute the backpacks in time for the start of school.

Self-Help Credit Union offers a full range of financial products and services in addition to financing personal, vehicle, mortgage and business loans. 

View our locations page for a list of branches.



Contact: David Beck, Self-Help, 919-956-4495 or

About Self-Help

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution headquartered in Durham, NC. Since 1980, Self-Help has provided over $8.5 billion in financing to 150,000 families, individuals and businesses. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by providing responsible financial services; lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices across the nation. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 150,000 people in California, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The nonprofit Center for Community Self-Help is the umbrella organization for the Self-Help family of nonprofit organizations, which includes Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending.