Self-Help Scholarships Available! Apply by April 30
Our 2018 Self-Help Scholars.
Back by popular demand! This year every Self-Help Credit Union branch is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a local student. Awards will go to a person of any age who will attend a college or vocational school this fall. We're looking for students who have a strong commitment to community service.
Applications are available at each branch now and will be on our website soon (check the home page). The deadline is April 30.
A Grand Opening and a Great Legacy in Apopka, FL
Geannina Hiraldo, Apopka Branch Manager, celebrates the new branch with Adelcio Lugo, Regional Director, and many members and friends.
We're still smiling about last month's launch of our newly constructed branch office in Apopka, Florida. In February, loyal members and partners gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new space--a visible investment in Apopka's future.
Self-Help is humbled and honored to continue the mission-focused legacy of the original credit union, Community Trust Federal CU, which merged with the Self-Help family in 2016. See our video below on Community Trust Federal's remarkable history of service to farmworkers and other low-income families, featuring Sister Ann Kendrick.
Community Trust Federal Credit Union: A Sister Act
Pineville Branch Moves to Charlotte
In late April, we're moving our Pineville branch office to 1065 Providence Road in Charlotte. The new Charlotte branch will open on April 30.
The new branch is just a short drive from the current Pineville location, and there's also the option to skip the drive and take advantage of online and mobile banking. The Charlotte office will offer several new services: a drive-through window, an ATM, and even easier access to home loans, with on-site experts available to help you with questions and loans.
Fighting Hunger and Improving Nutrition Where Children Learn
Children at A Safe Place Childcare shuck corn as a routine part of their day.
This is National Nutrition Month, and we recognize the important role played by schools and child care centers in boosting nutrition and food security. According to Kaiser Permanente, during school days children consume as many as half of their daily calories at school.
Recently a Self-Help borrower, A Safe Place Childcare, received recognition for extraordinary performance in implementing the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). A Safe Place uses its outdoor area as a classroom, including child-friendly gardens. According to the owner, Kimberly Shaw, "Our children plant their own food, they harvest it and are part of its preparation. As a result, they eat it." They also make fresh food available to staff and the families they serve.
Supporting sustainability: A Self-Help loan helped Blue Ridge Biofuels expand into a larger facility in Catawba County, NC.
Earth Day is on Monday, April 22, but Self-Help CU will celebrate in a variety of ways throughout the entire month. We are planning green education and recycling events, and a crew in Durham has scheduled a volunteer day at Urban Community Agronomics. Follow us on social media to get more details about locations near you.
News, Tips, Stories and Jobs: Join our Community Online
Thanks to all who are already part of our community on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. In recent weeks, we've posted on topics such as these:
How we use your deposits (like supporting sustainable food systems)
Doing more good with your money
News on predatory lending and consumer protections, including stories from our Center for Responsible Lending
Savings tips and special offers (like tips on tax refunds and government shutdown loans)
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