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 Cape Fear Employees Credit Union at a Glance: Original Name: Cape Fear Employees Credit Union (changed to Cape Fear CU in 2002) Founders: DuPont Plant employees in Leland, NC Year Founded: 1978 Year of Merger with Self-Help: 2006 Original Founding Location: Leland, NC (near Wilmington) “Twenty-two hundred people all of a sudden joined our credit union, and there was only one person managing it, and that was me.” This is Judy Tharp speaking, a recently retired executive who took on the job of starting a credit union when she was only twenty-two years old. In the late 1960s, the Cape Fear DuPont Plant opened in Leland, North Carolina, near Wilmington. About a decade later, when company leaders became concerned about potential unionization, they agreed to offer an on-site credit union for DuPont workers. The job of launching the credit union went to Judy Tharp, a recent college graduate. Within six months, she was single-handedly operating the credit union for more than two thousand DuPont employees. Judy went on to have a distinguished career, retiring as the CEO of Piedmont Advantage Credit Union in 2019. The Cape Fear Employees Credit Union didn’t end when DuPont sold the plant in 2001. Under Judy’s leadership, the credit union received authorization from credit union regulators to expand its membership beyond DuPont employees—the first state-chartered credit union in North Carolina to get that authority. With its new mandate to serve the wider community, the credit union shortened its name to Cape Fear Credit Union and moved to Wilmington. In this six-minute video, we hear from former DuPont workers who remain loyal to the credit union today. We also hear from two women who began working with Cape Fear Credit Union who are now part of the Self-Help Credit Union staff. This video highlights the vital role that women played in building a strong credit union [culture] in North Carolina, serving to help many more families receive access to fair and affordable credit. Tweet Photo Gallery Scene from an annual meeting in 2002. This picture appears in the video. Tammy Turnage, a former Cape Fear employee now with Self-Help, is shown with “Dolly Llama.” Dolly, who belonged to a board member, was brought in as part of a promotional event at the branch Cape Fear Credit Union Board of Directors in 1993. Year and occasion unknown. Cape Fear Credit Union’s staff In 1993 – member services representatives, marketing, accounting and managers. Cape Fear celebrated its 5th anniversary with a cake. Celebrating Christmas in 1998. Two Cape Fear Credit Union board members in 1997, Carol Davis and Charles Scruggs.