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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

Making Unique Loans Work

Apr 14, 2019
  • Home Loans
There is still a misconception in mortgage financing about the difficulty of finding financing for singlewide manufactured
Hayward Community Credit Union

Wanting to C-U Smile

Apr 04, 2019
  • Charity & Community Service
We created CU $mile to motivate our employees to experience the gift of giving and renew the spirit of people helping people.
Co-op Credit Union

Escape from Debt, Escape from Predatory Lending

Apr 01, 2019
  • Escaping Predatory Lending
'A member at Co-op Credit Union came through the drive-up and wanted to deposit a larger-than-normal check.
UnitedOne Credit Union

An Onsite Branch at Ascend

Apr 01, 2019
  • Community Partnerships
Ascend Services, Inc. provides community experiences, education, and employment opportunities that promote individual growth for residents of Manitowoc County.
N.E.W. Credit Union

From No Positive Credit to Mortgage Pre-Approval

Apr 01, 2019
  • Second Chances & Refinancing
I had no positive credit and 16 accounts in collections with a credit score of 400. N.E.W. Credit Union took the time to help me create the best plan of action to get out of debt and start building a positive credit history.
stories_t_tomah area credit union

Supporting the Community is Our Duty

Apr 01, 2019
  • Charity & Community Service
Throughout the past 10 years, we have raised over $118k for local non-profits, such as Tomah Area Cancer Support, Chasing Daylight Animal Shelter, Neighbor for Neighbor Food Pantry, North American Squirrel Association, and Children’s Miracle Network.

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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.