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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. More will soon be added! Have your own story you'd like to share? Submit your story here.

Story Collection

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Longterm Fixed-Rate Products on Non-Conforming Properties

Apr 22, 2019
  • Home Loans
One way we help our members fulfill their dream of home ownership is by offering longterm fixed-rate products on non-conforming properties such as condominiums, vacant land, manufactured homes, and homes that sit on large acreage parcels.
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Providing Our Members With the Tools They Need

Apr 19, 2019
  • Fostering Financial Literacy
A young man with negative credit history applied for a home loan. Our loan officer, who is a Certified Financial Coach, showed him ways to clean up his credit.
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Loan Extensions, No Payments, & Waived Interest During Cancer Treatment

Apr 19, 2019
  • Rainy Day Support - Medical Bills
We have a self-employed over-the-road trucker who has his semi financed with us. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with cancer and will be unable to drive for six months while receiving chemo treatment.
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Viridiana and her Family Had Always Dreamed of Living on a Farm

Apr 19, 2019
  • Serving the Underserved
With our expanded services, we are able to accept alternate forms of identification including ITINs. We helped make her family’s dream a reality.
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Helping Our Communities Recover

Apr 19, 2019
  • Charity & Community Service
After the floods of 2018 devastated our serving area from Coon Creek to Kickapoo Valley to the Baraboo watershed, WCCU committed to the recovery of our communities.
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"I Left the Branch Feeling Like I Was Being Taken Care Of"

Apr 18, 2019
  • Identity Theft Prevention & Mitigation
“My personal computer was accessed by an unknown entity. When I realized what was occurring and that it was probably a scam, I went to the branch to see if any funds had been withdrawn, which they had."

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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.