Self-Help Credit Union, Lower Valley Credit Union Announce Merger Effective January 1 Jan 1, 2021 Merger brings mission-focused credit unions together to provide expanded financial services to communities and members in Washington [Sunnyside, Washington | January 1, 2021] ¬ Lower Valley Credit Union (LVCU) serving 18,500 members with $132 million in assets located in Sunnyside, WA, and Self-Help Federal Credit Union (Self-Help), an 80,000 member, $1.5 billion credit union with branches in California, greater Chicago and Milwaukee, announced a merger, effective January 1, 2021. The combined credit union will serve nearly 100,000 members in the states of California, Washington, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The merger was approved by Lower Valley Credit Union members, both credit union boards and by the state and federal credit union regulators. The organization will now operate as Lower Valley Credit Union, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union. The LVCU focus and commitment to members will remain unchanged. “The decision to partner with Self-Help Federal Credit Union was clear,” said Suzy Fonseca, President/CEO of LVCU. “Our missions are so closely aligned that it is a natural fit. Our members will benefit immensely from the enhanced services and additional product offerings that Self-Help brings, such as a renewed focus on real-estate and business lending, as well as competitive deposit rates and a vast ATM network, just to name a few.” Self-Help is part of a family of member-owned, mission driven-credit unions, a non-profit loan fund, and a policy advocacy organization. Self-Help is dedicated to creating and protecting ownership and economic opportunities, particularly for minorities, women, rural residents and low-wealth families and communities. Self-Help Federal Credit Union was chartered in 2008 to increase access to responsible financial services for underserved and low-income populations. Like LVCU, Self-Help has a strong presence among Hispanic communities. The merger brings six locations in Washington State into the Self-Help family: East Wenatchee. 478 2nd Street SE. Grandview. 1019 W Wine Country Road. Pasco. 2735 W Court Street. Prosser. 580 Wine Country Road. Sunnyside. 900 Yakima Valley Highway. Yakima. 1112 E Nob Hill Boulevard. “This partnership will help build financial security for more working families and ensure that people of color, immigrants and other underserved groups have access to fair and affordable services to meet their financial needs,” said Veronica Casillas-Madrigal, California President of Self-Help. “We are honored to welcome LVCU into the Self-Help family and look forward to building meaningful relationships with our new members and providing new opportunities to the surrounding communities.” About Lower Valley Credit Union: Lower Valley Credit Union is a $132 million, low-income designated Community Development financial Institution deeply rooted in the Yakima and Wenatchee Valleys of Washington State. Founded in 1952 and headquartered in Sunnyside, the credit union operates 6 branches located through-out Yakima, Franklin, and Douglas counties. LVCU is dedicated to serving the needs of its community and growing membership of nearly 18,500 strong through following its vision of ‘Planting Seeds of Opportunity for a Better Tomorrow’. For more information, visit www.lvcu.org About Self-Help Federal Credit Union: With 19 branches in California, 10 branches in Illinois, and 1 branch in Wisconsin, over 80,000 members and $1.5 billion in assets, Self-Help Federal Credit Union is one of the fastest-growing low-income designated credit unions in the country. It is part of the national Self-Help family of non-profit organizations whose collective mission is to create and protect ownership and economic opportunity for all, especially those who may be underserved by conventional lenders, including people of color, especially African American and Hispanic communities; women; rural residents; and low-wealth families and communities. For 40 years, the Center for Community Self-Help and its affiliates have provided $9.7 billion in financing to help over 180,000 low-wealth borrowers buy homes, start and build businesses, and strengthen community resources. For more information, go to www.self-helpfcu.org and www.self-help.org. ### FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: For More Information, Contact: Jenny Shields, Director of Media Relations, Self-Help Credit Union Phone: 919.794.6798 | Email: Jenny.Shields@self-help.org Ray Morrow, Marketing Vice President, Lower Valley Credit Union Phone: (509) 837-5295 Email: email@example.com 2019 News Releases 12/17/19 - Self-Help Credit Union Announces Merger with Turbine Federal Credit Union 11/04/19 - Free 'Know Your Rights' Event for People with Disabilities 10/14/19 - Self-Help Federal, Fresno, Grand Reopening 10/11/19 - Self-Help Credit Union is coming to Raleigh 09/19/19 - Affordable housing loan fund launches in Durham 08/13/19 - Trump Administration’s New “Public Charge” Rule Could Harm Low-Income Immigrants 07/29/19 - Self-Help Credit Union Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners 07/15/19 - Grand Opening Celebration Self-Help Credit Union, Charlotte 04/01/19 - Self-Help Offers Scholarships for Students Who Give Back To Our Community 03/27/19 - Imagine: the future of homegrown entrepreneurship 03/25/19 - March 30: Grand Opening, Angier Business and Children’s Center 02/11/19 - Self-Help Apopka Grand Opening Continues Legacy of Community Trust 02/11/19 - Free Disability Rights, Assistive Technology Event in Asheville, Feb 27 2/11/19 - Free Disability Rights, Assistive Technology Event in Morganton, Feb 26 01/31/19 - Black History, Black Entrepreneurship: Couple Launches Independent Pharmacy in Historic East Durham 01/24/19 - National Baptist Convention Embarks on National Campaign 01/14/19 - Self-Help Offers Hardship Loans to Furloughed Federal Employees 2018 News Releases 12/13/18 - New Video Explores Legacy of Bakersfield Credit Union First Founded by Cesar Chavez 09/25/18 - CommunityWorks Federal Credit Union Joins Self-Help To Benefit Members, CommunityTo Benefit Members, Community 08/24/18 - The MacArthur Foundation invests in Seaway, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union 08/07/18 - Newell Named President of Seaway, a Division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union 05/23/18 - Self-Help Credit Union, Mangum Street Grand Rededication (Durham) 2017 News Releases 09/19/17 - Self-Help Announces Third Annual "Bringing It Home" Conference in Asheville, NC 06/29/17 - In Senate Committee Hearing, CRL Lays Out Consumer Plan For GSE, Housing Finance Reform 06/13/17 - Florida’s Jax Metro Credit Union Merges with Self-Help Credit Union effective June 1 03/13/17 - Self-Help to Acquire Selected Branches of Former Seaway Bank in Chicago 2016 News Releases 09/13/16 - Family Federal Credit Union in Wilmington, CA Merges with Self-Help Federal Credit Union 07/13/16 - Self-Help Credit Union Announces 2016 Education Scholarships Winners 06/27/16 - Self-Help Announces DTC-eligible Term Certificates for SRI Investors 04/19/16 - Revolution Mill Media Event on Major New Tenant Thursday April 21, 8.30 am 04/14/16 - Self-Help Credit Union Announces 2016 Community Education Scholarships 04/13/16 - Self-Help Credit Union and Greater Piedmont Credit Union Announce Merger 03/10/16 - Lease Signing Ceremony Tuesday, 3pm March 14 between Renaissance Community Co-op and Self-Help 02/23/16 - Study: Self-Help “Fresh Start” Product Improves Credit Scores 02/03/16 - Florida’s Community Trust Federal Credit Union Merges with Self-Help Federal Credit Union 2015 News Releases 12/02/15 - CDFIs Craft3, Self-Help Complete Second On-Bill Repayment (OBR) Loan Sale 11/19/15 - Self-Help Credit Union Report: Racial Disparities in Marijuana Enforcement Undercut Durham Progress 11/17/15 - Grand Opening Thursday for Fresno’s Self-Help Federal Credit Union Branch 10/14/15 - Revolution Mill Hosting Media Tour Tuesday, October 20 at 10 am 10/01/15 - Self-Help’s Choice Community Credit Union Adopting Self-Help Credit Union Name 09/15/15 - National Cooperative Bank, Self-Help Federal Credit Union Team Up to Finance Los Angeles’ With Love Market & Café 09/14/15 - Self-Help Credit Union Hosts Brevard Branch Open House 08/24/15 - Self-Help Closes $4.6 Million Loan to Minneapolis’ Eastside Food Co-Op 08/17/15 - Statement on Julian Bond’s Passing by Self-Help CEO Martin Eakes 08/06/15 - Self-Help Credit Union “Adopt a Backpack” Drive Up and Running 07/28/15 - Self-Help Ventures Fund Ramps Up Construction On 45-Acre Revolution Mill SIte 07/14/15 - Self-Help Ventures Fund Ramps Up Construction on 45-Acre Revolution Mill Site 07/09/15 - Self-Help Credit Union Announces Education Scholarships Winners 06/11/15 - Renaissance Shops Groundbreaking Tuesday, June 16 at 10:30 am 04/09/15 - Durham Co-op Market Ribbon Cutting at 2pm Saturday 03/17/15 - Grocers on Wheels, Self-Help Credit Union Borrower, in Durham Today! 02/13/15 - Self-Help Credit Union Hosting New Economy Conference on March 18th 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.