Two Credit Unions, Many Legacies Through mergers with other credit unions and financial institutions, we have been able to extend our reach and help preserve affordable financial services in areas where the need is high. As we celebrate our anniversary, we are mindful that many of our merged partners started long before Self-Help—one nearly a century earlier. The oldest member of the Self-Help family was formerly Second Federal Bank on the South Side of Chicago. Second Federal began serving immigrants in 1882. As an ongoing project, we are documenting the history of the credit unions that during the past two decades have joined the Self-Help family. These short video histories include interviews with people who helped start these credit unions to serve groups such as Black farmers and teachers, textile workers and migrant farmworkers. See a complete listing of all of the financial institutions we have merged with here.