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. We serve many communities and employer groups in California, Illinois, and Milwaukee. Call us at 877.369.2828 to find out if we can serve you! 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.