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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

Fox Communities Credit Union

Making a Difference with Mittens

Jan 01, 2019
  • Charity & Community Service
Since 2009, Fox has sponsored a Mitten Toss at a Green Bay Gamblers hockey game, and all the mittens collected go to 20 low wealth schools in the Green Bay area.
CoVantage Credit Union

Reviving a Business District

Jan 01, 2019
  • Supporting Main St
In 2018, CoVantage was awarded a $776,500 Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) grant to improve blighted business and real estate within the CoVantage charter area.
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There for Life Transitions

Jan 01, 2019
  • Fostering Financial Literacy
An older woman regularly visits our branch to make transactions.
The Difference - Avestar Credit Union

"Thank You For Your Help & Kindness"

Jan 01, 2019
  • Above & Beyond Service
“Thank you so much for your help and kindness this year.” “Thank you for always being there for me when I needed help financially.”
WESTconsin Credit Union

Escape From Payday Same Day

Dec 01, 2018
  • Escaping Predatory Lending
After a couple had experienced a job loss, they sought out a payday lender to get caught back up on their mortgage.
WESTconsin Credit Union

No More Check Cashing Fees

Dec 01, 2018
  • Escaping Predatory Lending
A new member was set up with his checking account and his first payroll check was deposited from his new employer.

What's a Credit Union?

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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.