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Annual Meeting and Celebration
Modesto, California
On November 8th, Self-Help Federal Credit Union held its Annual Members' meeting at the Modesto, California Branch, where we were joined by many members, partners, and supporters. Following the meeting, the group celebrated the legacy of the credit union and its impact in the Central Valley over the last 57 years.

Branch Manager Alonzo Trejo and Executive Vice President Joe Duran welcomed the crowd, and introduced several of the credit union's current Board members, as well as some of the original visionaries and Board members who played an integral role in the creation and long-term impact of the credit union before its merger with Self-Help Federal in 2009. Serving the Central Valley community since 1961, it was known as Tri-Valley Growers Credit Union, and eventually Community Trust Credit Union.

Joe Duran also welcomed civil rights activist, Dolores Huerta, who spoke to the importance of the credit union's products and services, which offer options to the low- and middle-income residents of the community, outside of the predatory lending machines so often seen as their only choice.

We are excited to share photos. Thank you to those who were able to attend!
"Building On a Legacy"
A Chicago Celebration
Members, community residents, business and non-profit leaders, and dignitaries were in attendance on October 26, 2018 at the Seaway 87th Street Main Branch to celebrate the "Building on a Legacy" event. The event recognized the long history of Seaway, which became a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union on May 1, 2017, and enabled Daryl Newell, recently announced Seaway President, to outline his long-term vision to positively impact communities throughout Chicago's south and west sides.

Governor Bruce Rauner set the tone for the afternoon when he offered, "We are celebrating the resurrection of one of the most important financial institutions in the nation." He thanked Seaway for driving economic empowerment throughout the region and further offered that institutions like Seaway bring capital into neighborhoods.

Also offering remarks were Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, who continued the theme of economic empowerment and neighborhood development, as did Alderman Roderick Sawyer. Other speakers included Courtney Jones of the Dearborn Realtist Board, Allison Clark of the MacArthur Foundation, Kristin Faust of Neighborhood House Services, Inc., Raul Raymundo of The Resurrection Project, and current business and individual members of Seaway. To close the event, Mr. Newell presented his four-point plan designed to build upon Seaway's legacy.

Congratulations to the Seaway team! We are looking forward to the next chapter of this long legacy. Photos of the event can be found here.
Tax Season is Just Around the Corner!
The weather is cooling down and winter is fast approaching. Before long, the holidays will have come and gone, 2019 will be here and with it, tax season. Luckily, getting prepared early can ease the burden of filing your taxes next spring, and maybe help you put a tax refund to good use a bit sooner.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who earn $55,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Self-Help Federal branches in Bakersfield, Chicago, Fresno, Lamont, Pittsburg, Porterville, San Diego, San Francisco, West Oakland, and Wilmington are proud to run or partner with local organizations to offer VITA tax preparation services. To locate a VITA site near you, and for a list of what to bring, click here.

In addition to VITA sites, several online companies offer free self-preparation and e-filing services. Click here to find free software based on your income and state.

The IRS typically begins accepting tax returns toward the middle of January. The sooner you get your taxes in, the sooner you'll get your refund, and perhaps, best of all, the sooner you'll be able to stop worrying about getting them done.
  • Interested in volunteering with a local nonprofit this holiday season? At Volunteer Match, you can get in touch with a nonprofit in your area that needs your help.
  • Interested in volunteering at our West Oakland or Pittsburg VITA tax sites in January, February, March and April of 2019? Click here to learn more.
  • Five million Americans will visit a food pantry, meal program, or other charitable food service this week -- as they do every week of the year. Self-Help Federal continues its work to fight childhood hunger, partnering with local organizations throughout California and southwest Chicago. Check with your local branch to see how you can participate. Every little bit helps!
  • Coming Soon! Be on the lookout for our new Kern Central Credit Union legacy video, scheduled for release on December 11. You can find it on Self-Help's websites: and
  • Minutes to the 2018 Annual Members' Meeting can be found here.
  • Why not schedule a financial check-up with one of our BALANCE reps? It's free to all Self-Help Federal members and families. Learn more.
  • Sprint LogoAll Self-Help Federal Credit Union members receive a $100 cash reward for every new line. Find out more.
  • Career Opportunities. Do you like what we do at Self-Help Federal? Interested in joining our team, or know someone who might be? Click here for a list of our current job openings.
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