Pick a story from the vault Empowering Workers: The Story of Cape Fear Employees Credit Union Carolina Family: A Legacy in Kinston Community Trust Federal Credit Union: A Sister Act DuPont Employees Credit Union: A Mountain Legacy Kern Central Credit Union: A Legacy of Serving Workers in the Fields Mare Island FCU: Building Ships and Savings A Legacy for the People: People’s Community Partnership Federal Credit Union Scotland Credit Association: Finding a Place Called Home Seaway Bank: A Legacy of Empowerment Second Federal: A Legacy of Trust St. Luke Credit Union: A Legacy of Necessity United Savings FCU: A Legacy of Serving Steel Workers United Services Credit Union: Building Credit, Building Lives Back to "Stories from Self-Help's Vault" main People's Community Partnership Federal Credit Union Founder: Friends of People's Community Partnership. Year Founded: Chartered in 2000. Year of Merger with Self-Help Federal Credit Union: 2008 Original Founding Location: Jack London Gateway 900 Market Street Oakland, CA 94607 The story of People’s Community Partnership Federal Credit Union, chartered in 2000 in Oakland, California, is deeply tied to the history of Oakland itself. Caught in the crossfires of de-industrialization, and transportation development—West Oakland’s employment dropped, its poverty grew, and its residents were displaced. As businesses left the neighborhood, check cashers and predatory lenders moved in, while mainstream banks vanished. For many years, low-income residents of West Oakland had nowhere to go for affordable financial services. In the late 1990s, a local activist named Sandy Turner approached the East Bay Community Law Center for help. Maeve Elise Brown, an East Bay Community Law Center attorney, listened. Together they organized other concerned people in the community to explore viable options. After surveying the needs of the community, they decided to pursue a charter for a new credit union. The result was People’s Community Partnership Federal Credit Union. This is the story of a credit union that, with hard work by many people, offered fair and affordable financial services, bringing financial opportunity and access to a severely underserved community. Tweet Photo Gallery Funders were excited to help support the creation of West Oakland's first, and only, financial institution in over 40 years. Many elected officials strongly supported People's, including Congresswoman Barbara Lee. People's always celebrated its anniversary with the local community. Their third year anniversary included a car sale with Enterprise on March 24, 2004. The creation of People's was a labor of love and advocacy. All of People's community came together to celebrate its first anniversary and its incredible impact on West Oakland.