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Seaway Hosts “Building on a Legacy” Community Celebration



 Event also introduces Daryl Newell, Seaway’s new division president 

This Thursday, October 25, Seaway, a division of Self-Help Credit Union will host “Building on a Legacy,” a Community Celebration that recognizes the long history of the institution while outlining their vision to positively impact communities throughout Chicago’s south and west sides.  The reception also serves to introduce Daryl Newell, who was named Seaway’s Division President in August of this year.  The invitation-only reception will be held at the main branch of Seaway on 87th Street.

Seaway became a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union in May of 2017.  Since that time, they have been offering fair financial services and making loans to people who aspire to buy their first home, launch a small business, build or repair credit, or buy a car. Seaway has also taken the time to listen to the community to better understand some of the challenges they face.  This reception is a continuation of that interaction that will inform Seaway ’s work to provide financial services that will positively impact the Seaway community.

SEAWAY INFORGRAPHDuring the reception, Newell will discuss Seaway’s plans to increase both their presence and  commitment to the Seaway community.   “These types of exchanges with our customers and the community at large help us better understand some of the challenges they face, and how Seaway can have an impact,” said Newell.  “We continue to listen to the community and use that input to shape our financial products and services.”

Newell has a long career in banking in the Chicago area. He previously served as Seaway’s chief retail banking officer, overseeing operations within the branch network. Before joining Seaway Bank, Newell was a Retail Regional Manager at Fifth Third Bank where he was responsible for operations at 12 banking centers. He also served as Director of the Consumer Banking Group at Urban Partnership Bank.


Seaway, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union, was once the largest African-American owned bank in the Midwest. Seaway had served communities in south and west Chicago as well as Milwaukee since 1965. Self-Help Federal Credit Union was chartered in 2008 to build a network of branches that serve working families and underserved communities. With 17 branches in California, 9 branches in  Illinois and Wisconsin, approximately $1.1 billion in assets, and serving more than 79,000 members, Self-Help Federal CU is one of the fastest-growing low-income designated credit unions in the country.

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