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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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Transforming a Formerly Bankrupt Couple through Free Financial Counseling

Dec 01, 2018
  • Fostering Financial Literacy
A formerly bankrupt young couple was consistently denied for loans elsewhere.
Capital Credit Union

Debt Consolidation & Back on Track

Dec 01, 2018
  • Second Chances & Refinancing
A member came to us when other financial institutions refused to help.
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Supporting Our Community through Charity & Volunteerism

Dec 01, 2018
  • Charity & Community Service
We raise funds for Special Olympics, Crime Stoppers, Honor Flight, and programs for the homeless, suicide prevention, the library and food pantries.
Altra Federal Credit Union

Nationally Recognized Financial Literacy Efforts

Dec 01, 2018
  • Fostering Financial Literacy
We interacted with 6,917 students in 2017, through more than 163 school presentations, youth camps and seminars, social media and even an app geared for members ages 2 to 12.
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An Interest-Free Loan Option During Gov't Shutdown

Dec 01, 2018
  • Rainy Day Support
Our credit union was prepared to offer any military or VA employee affected by a possible government shutdown a $5,000 interest-free loan.

The Power of Setting a Budget

Dec 01, 2018
  • Second Chances & Refinancing
A member had $1,700 in overdrafts and wasn’t keeping up with credit card payments.

What's a Credit Union?

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Credit Unions vs. Banks

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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.