Eligibility There are two primary ways to become a member of Self-Help Federal: Free Membership - You can be eligible for membership if you live, work, or worship or attend school in any of our eligible counties, or have a family or employer affiliation with us. Learn more and see our list of Select Employee Groups and Geographical Areas. Mission-Supportive Membership - Not eligible for free membership? You can become a mission-supportive member by paying a one-time $5 fee to join our Center for Community Self-Help. Located in North Carolina? Consider joining Self-Help Credit Union.