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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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Payday Loan Escape

Jan 01, 2019
  • Escaping Predatory Lending
Our member came to us for help avoiding bankruptcy. He had payday loans totaling over $3,500 with interest payments exceeding 50% of his income each month and a credit score that had fallen below 570.
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A $500k Bonus Dividend

Jan 01, 2019
  • Paying Dividends
Northwestern Mutual Credit Union recently provided its members with a bonus dividend.
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Partnership with LSS Financial Counseling

Jan 01, 2019
  • Fostering Financial Literacy
We have a nearly 11-year partnership with LSS Financial Counseling that allows our members to use six free 1-on-1 financial counseling sessions per year.
stories_t_summit credit union

"You Saved Me From Homelessness"

Jan 01, 2019
  • Fostering Financial Literacy
“You basically saved me from homelessness and several other awful life alternatives... I know it’s part of your job, but it made a huge difference in mine.”
stories_t_st mary and affiliates credit union

A Member in Need of a New Roof

Jan 01, 2019
  • Second Chances & Refinancing
A 30-year member had her home paid off for years and no credit cards that she used, so she no longer had a credit file.
stories_t_sheboygan area credit union

$20k in Interest Saved

Jan 01, 2019
  • Auto Loans
A member called to check on auto loan rates, because she felt the rate she received from another financial was high.

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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.

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