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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

Royal Credit Union

Becoming a Homeowner in a Fraction of the Time

Jan 01, 2019
  • Home Loans
Sally was a single mother of two with a solid work history and good credit, but she had limited ability to save for a down payment.
stories_t_ripco credit union

Advocating for Individuals with Dementia

Jan 01, 2019
  • Addressing Elder Financial Abuse
Several Ripco staff members were deeply involved in helping one of our older members who was a victim of elder financial exploitation.
PCM Credit Union

Uncovering a Suspicious Charge on a Credit Card

Jan 01, 2019
  • Addressing Elder Financial Abuse
A 70-year-old member came to see me about refinancing the debt on one of his credit cards.
Oakdale Credit Union

Bake Sale to Benefit Community

Jan 01, 2019
  • Charity & Community Service
2019 was our sixth year of doing a Valentine’s Day bake sale to benefit Juneau County S.E.A. of Change, an organization that provides Support, Education, and Advocacy to those in need.
Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union

Giving the Chance

Jan 01, 2019
  • Second Chances & Refinancing
A member applied for a loan to pay off some existing collections, fully expecting to be denied, and was apprehensive to the loan officer due to her past life experiences.
stories_t_me employees credit union

An Impromptu Member Service Curbside Plan

Jan 01, 2019
  • Above & Beyond Service
As a one-branch credit union building a new facility next to our old one, we faced a challenge when our builder informed us that we would need to close for three weeks, as it would not be safe to have members walking through the jobsite.

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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.