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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

The Difference - Fort Community Credit Union

"The First Time I've Felt Like I have a Family Since I Left Home."

Apr 01, 2018
  • Fostering Financial Literacy
A member originally from the Dominican Republic came in wanting to buy his own car, as he lives far from his work and knew it would be a very cold walk in the winter.
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Setting up a Savings Plan

Apr 01, 2018
  • Fostering Financial Literacy
A teacher suffered financial hardships including a car accident, vet bills, and car repairs.
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A Service Dog for Self-Sufficiency

Apr 01, 2018
  • Above & Beyond Service
A member was in need of assistance to get a service dog to help their child become more self-sufficient.
The Difference - Avestar Credit Union

Skits for Financial LIteracy

Mar 21, 2018
  • Fostering Financial Literacy
We educate members through skits written and performed by our staff at our annual meeting.
The Difference - Avestar Credit Union

Members are Not Just a Number

Mar 21, 2018
  • Second Chances & Refinancing
During the financial crisis several years ago, Avestar worked very hard with their members to modify their mortgage loans in response to job loss and subsequent loss of income.
The Difference - Avestar Credit Union

Offering Practical & Non-Judgemental Advice

Mar 21, 2018
  • Second Chances & Refinancing
Before Avestar offers an opportunity for a loan, we offer a free Credit Score Analysis (“CSA”).

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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.

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