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[…] Source link […] Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Self-Help Federal Credit Union groundbreaking in Apopka this week […] Self-Help Federal Credit Union groundbreaking in Apopka this week The Apopka Voice […] 3 COMMENTS Self-Help Federal Credit Union, which Apopka’s Community Trust Federal Credit Union joined in 2016, is breaking ground on its new branch this Thursday, March 22nd at 1pm at 667 West Orange Blossom Trail in Apopka. The new branch’s improved size and visibility (compared to the current location at 825 South Park Ave.) will help the credit union to more fully serve its members. Speakers at the groundbreaking include Sister Ann Kendrick, a founder of Community Trust FCU, and Adelcio Lugo, Regional Branch Manager for Self-Help Credit Union. “Breaking ground on this new branch is an important step in Self-Help’s work to build on Community Trust’s legacy with farmworkers and others in Apopka,” said Lugo. “Sister Ann and her sistern’s work in helping provide financial services to those in need is truly inspirational and Self-Help is honored to help further that mission.” The groundbreaking marks a new chapter in transformative community work for Self-Help in Apopka and extends the Community Trust legacy of helping working families gain access to mainstream financial services. The full-service branch will ensure members use of state of the art banking technology, equipment, and convenient access. Community Trust merged with Self-Help effective January 1st, 2016, in order to extend additional products and services to Community Trust members, such as mortgages and online and mobile banking. It was formed in 1982 to serve Florida’s farmworker community by a coalition of local organizations and activists, including the Apopka nuns (members of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur), the West Orange Farmworker Health Association (Community Health Centers), Homes in Partnership, the Farmworker Ministry, the Justice and Peace Office, and the Farmworker Association of Florida.Sister Ann noted at the time that “Self-Help is an ideal merger partner for Community Trust. They are strong and successful with a host of financial services for all people, with special care for people of color and working families. As part of Self-Help, we can not only provide good financial services but be part of a movement to protect vulnerable people from predatory lending and build economic power in low-income communities.” Apopka is Self-Help’s first physical presence in Florida. Jax Metro Credit Union, founded in 1935 to serve utility and port workers of the City of Jacksonville, merged with Self-Help on June 1, 2017. Between the two mergers, Self-Help’s credit unions now serve over 6,000 members in Florida. Self-Help also has helped originate over $300 million in loans to Floridians, partnering with Florida banks to finance over 2,900 home loans and providing financing to high-performing public schools in Miami and Gainesville educating nearly 20,000 low-income children.The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes Self-Help Credit Union, serving 64,000 members with branches in North Carolina and Florida; Self-Help Federal Credit Union, serving over 70,000 members with branches in California, Chicago, Florida and Milwaukee; Self-Help Ventures Fund, a national non-profit loan fund; and the Center for Responsible Lending, a policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Since its 1980 founding, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. About Self-Help Self-Help is a community development financial institution headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. Self-Help’s two credit unions serve over 130,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago, Florida and Wisconsin and offer a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at www.self-help.org and www.self-helpfcu.org. Please enter your name here Self-Help Federal Credit Union groundbreaking in Apopka this week – Instant Expert Success You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply
I learned how to drive a skid steer when a bored friend of mine decided he needed to build a pump track.That’s what happens when landscapers realize they own heavy equipment during a recession, have piles of dirt and a little extra time. Lucky for me, my friend also just started loving bikes. What a dilemma.All he wanted was somebody to tell him where to put the piles of dirt. I was so excited by the mounds of dirt, a field full of large rock tables and logs of all sizes to drop into our fantasy track. The first thing I wanted was a seven-foot berm. “We’ll work from here!” I shouted in glee. It was like Disney World sponsored by Case. My kids picnicked in the excavator, climbed all over the bulldozer, and took turns sitting in my lap to drive the skid steer – as if I knew what I was doing. Jeff shouted instructions to me from across the way: “The left handle moves you forward and backward! The right one moves the bucket!”That’s it?! I acted brave and climbed into the machine, snapping the bar down snugly across my lap in case I found myself upside down at any point. The engine easily cranked as everyone stopped to watch what might happen, comic book thought bubbles blossoming above their heads. Mostly I wanted my kids to know that their mom can do ANYTHING. It keeps them aware when they’re being bad.I jerked the thing forward and laughed at how I felt more like R2D2 than Sigourney Weaver.“Pack this dirt down as I dump it, and move some of this dirt over to the berm!” Jeff shouted.I was amazed that he thought this was such a simple possibility. Only my girlfriend watching knew I was in above my head and shouted encouraging words and advice from the sidelines. I drove over to the dirt pile and began my version of scooping, which was more like jamming the bucket into the ground and tilting the machine backwards. Oops. I managed to pick up a bit of dirt and drove over to the berm to dump it. I could have carried more in my arms. Then I couldn’t back the thing out without spinning around or crashing into the excavator. Jeff threw me a quizzical look and I just laughed, not knowing which part was most humorous. He then sent me to another pile to practice scooping.We drew patterns in the dirt of what the finished track would look like, including a rock table off the side of the berm that allows you to ride across the field and drop into the track. For a week he worked on it, gleaning advice from various friends until at last it was ridable.The initial hump leading in has to be perfectly hit or none of the whoopdiewhoops work. The last hump before the berm is so tall that it requires good speed on the five humps leading up to it. With the right speed, the berm can be run high and fast, looping the return into fits of giggles. More will be added, but for now it’s a great warm-up for Kitsuma, just across the highway. Like anything worthwhile, it will take practice before nailing it, and I’m certain I’ll get better at the skid steer before it’s done.