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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

WESTconsin Credit Union

"Thank You For Helping Save a Small Local Business"

Apr 20, 2020
  • COVID-19 Response
"The fact that you spent time funding our small $9,000 PPP loan just may have saved my business!"
The Difference - Fort Community Credit Union

The Meaning of Member Loyalty

Jan 01, 2020
  • Membership Perks
A member called to check her account balance shortly after we had paid out dividends for our Member Loyalty Cash program.
Park City Credit Union

Helping Small Business During COVID-19

Jan 01, 2020
  • COVID-19 Response
As many small businesses were being put under hardships regarding pandemic restrictions, we knew we had to step up.
stories_t_kohler credit union

Committed to Financial Literacy in the Community

Dec 01, 2019
  • Escaping Predatory Lending
The payday loan cycle starts slow and spirals quickly. One of our members got behind because of a $200 car repair and took out her first payday loan.
Simplicity Credit Union

Credit Union Employees Care

Aug 01, 2019
  • Charity & Community Service
'The Family Crisis Center, a CAP Services program, helps victims of domestic violence, their families, friends, and care providers in Stevens Point.
WESTconsin Credit Union

An Outstanding Community Partner

May 14, 2019
  • Community Partnerships
WESTconsin Credit Union was recently awarded the Outstanding Community Partner Award by Junior Achievement for our commitment to area youth ages K-12 in support of financial literacy.

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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.