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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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Even Small Loans Can Make a Big Difference

Dec 01, 2018
  • Home Loans
A member had received a mailer from a finance company offering to lend her $750 for $70/ month on a 26-month term.
Prospera Credit Union

Taking the Time

Dec 01, 2018
  • Auto Loans
One of our branch managers assisted a longstanding member with a $600+ loan that he needed to replace his tires in 2018.
stories_t_corporate central credit union

Rewarding Our Members

Dec 01, 2018
  • Paying Dividends
We thanked our members with a Member Loyalty Reward at the end of 2018 by paying a 5.81% dividend on all perpetual contributed capital (PCC) balances for the month of December
stories_t_premier financial credit union

Interest Saved

Dec 01, 2018
  • Second Chances & Refinancing
We saved a member over $30k in interest by changing their 20-year fixed camper loan at 6%+ interest to a 15-year balloon at a lower rate.
stories_t_wisconsin medical credit union

Paying Off Medical Debt

Dec 01, 2018
  • Rainy Day Support - Medical Bills
Our member was overwhelmed by credit card debt due to a medical issue.
stories_t_winnebago community credit union

Credit Unions Run in the Family

Dec 01, 2018
  • Above & Beyond Service
In 1972 a member borrowed $1,500 to purchase a 1966 Ford F100.

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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.