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People Before Profit Stories

Whether it’s helping a member escape predatory lending, rebuild credit, weather an illness, save for a home, or simply be given a second chance, credit unions are uniquely equipped to provide a lifeline when other financial institutions can’t or won’t. Check out our collection of stories below--all submitted by Wisconsin's credit unions. Have your own story you'd like to share? Submit your story here.

Story Collection

Park City Credit Union

The Bigger Picture

Jan 15, 2024
  • Second Chances & Refinancing
A member called us to apply for a loan after getting denied from another financial they had always used due to "metrics."
Co-op Credit Union

Helping a "Catfishing" Victim When the Bank Wouldn't

Jan 01, 2024
  • Above & Beyond Service
We had a member whose primary financial was a bank. Recently, this member was "catfished" and scammed out of thousands of dollars.
Co-op Credit Union

From Betrayal to Refinanced

Nov 01, 2023
  • Second Chances & Refinancing
A couple from another financial institution came to Co-op Credit Union looking to refinance their mortgage which was ballooning.
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Financial Education Workshops

Oct 05, 2023
  • Fostering Financial Literacy
In collaboration with the Juneau County Health Department, Oakdale Credit Union and other area financial institutions have worked together to provide free, quarterly financial education workshops webinars.
Co-op Credit Union

Serving the Underserved with Bilingual Staff

Oct 01, 2023
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
After hearing of the death of one of our members, we reached out to his wife to offer financial assistance and to transfer all vehicle titles to her name.
WESTconsin Credit Union

School Supply Drive

Sep 19, 2023
  • Charity & Community Service
WEstconsin Credit Union has been holding a school supply drive to help students get ready for school for over 15 years. This past year, we collected over 2,000 items for students!

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From accounts of above and beyond member service, to granted second chances, to responses to disaster, to meeting community needs, to returning funds back to their members through patronage, and more—your stories educate policymakers and the public about their banking options and are vital to preserving The Credit Union Difference.