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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

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.
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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.
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.

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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.