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National Homeownership Month: Build the Strongest Financial Foundation for Your Home Loan

By staff
  | Jun 10, 2022


With National Homeownership Month now upon us, there's no time like the present to start thinking about how you and your family can build your wealth through your first home purchase. 

For many people, diving into the home lending process can be intimidating. That's why our financial coaches are here to guide you, and our home loan officers will work closely with you throughout the process. Here are our home loan officers' answers to some of the most common questions and misconceptions about buying your first home.

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Automatic Savings Plans Take the Hard Work Out of Saving

By staff
  | May 26, 2022


We all know that building savings is one of the keys to financial stability, but remembering to put part of each paycheck into a savings account can feel like a chore.  Automatic savings plans are a great way to build strong savings habits without the extra effort. 

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Working With the Capital Community to Make an Impact

By staff
  | May 12, 2022


As City Executive of Self-Help Credit Union’s new Harps Mill Road branch in Raleigh, Kimberly Williams’ favorite part of her job is connecting with people in her community and working with them to meet their financial needs. Read more about how she and her colleagues are working to make an impact in the capital. 

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Persistence Pays Off for Greensboro Assistive Technology Borrower

By staff
  | Apr 28, 2022

AS driving

Amanda Spain is used to advocating for herself. A nonprofit professional based in Greensboro, Amanda came to Self-Help after a lengthy search for a financial institution that would help her increase her mobility and independence with affordable financing for a wheelchair-accessible vehicle. We partnered with Amanda and the NC Assistive Technology Program on an Assistive Technology (AT) loan to finance a vehicle that fit her needs. 

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Making Sustainability a Priority During Earth Month and All Year Round

By staff
  | Apr 14, 2022

carbon reduction blog infographic

Trying to fight climate change as an individual can be daunting. Actions like recycling and composting are helpful, but they often feel like a drop in the ocean. However, by choosing to partner with a financial institution committed to investing in a more sustainable planet, you can significantly amplify your impact.

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Making Rentals More Affordable with Energy Efficiency

By staff
  | Mar 31, 2022


 Affordable housing becomes much less affordable if the house comes with high energy costs. Self-Help recently completed renovations on four houses in eastern North Carolina, and has more under renovation now, all with a focus on energy efficiency.  

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NC Educator Persists Through COVID

By staff
  | Mar 24, 2022

Educator Toiya Hancock with a student

Toiya Hancock, the sole proprietor of Triad Education Development LLC, opened her educational service during a national recession and persisted through a global pandemic. Through it all, she has provided services for about 450 young students in Greensboro, NC and surrounding cities. Self-Help is honored to be her lending partner and share her story. 

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Loans for “First Responders to the Soul”

By James Sansom
  | Mar 10, 2022

James Sansom

James Sansom works at Self-Help to advance lending to faith-based institutions. "We lend to all faiths. It may be a church. It could be a synagogue. It could be a temple. It just depends on the market, the mission fit and the opportunity. We take a lot of pride in trying to find a way to make the loan versus trying to find reasons not to make the loan. I think that’s a real difference." 

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Call on Black-Owned Small Businesses—This Month, Next Month and Beyond

By staff
  | Feb 25, 2022

Collage of Black-Owned Businesses

During Black History Month and all year round, we encourage members and friends to support Black-owned enterprises. When you have a need for a product or service, do a Google search for relevant Black-owned businesses or browse one of the directories included in this post.

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Building a Legacy: A Self-Help Employee Reflects on Black History Month

By Franja Brown
  | Feb 10, 2022

Franja Brown's grandson depositing savings

Self-Help’s mission and history are strongly linked to Black history, and many of the credit unions we have merged with reflect great achievements by local Black leaders. For example, Seaway, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union in Chicago, was once the largest Black-owned bank in the Midwest. As we celebrate Black History Month, Franja Brown, a business development director and financial coach at Seaway offers her personal thoughts.

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