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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

Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union

Consolidating Debt & Satisfying Collections

Aug 18, 2021
  • Second Chances & Refinancing
Many banks would not consider granting the loan due to the existence of those collections, but we were willing to give the member the loan AND help clear up those items.
Prospera Credit Union

More than a Simple Auto Loan Refi

Aug 18, 2021
  • Second Chances & Refinancing
e not only discovered another auto loan with a higher rate than what Prospera could offer, but a few more loans that could be refinanced as well.
The Difference - Fort Community Credit Union

Answering a Prayer

Aug 17, 2021
  • Rainy Day Support - Medical Bills
A member called and felt comfortable enough to share that she had been injured and was really having a hard time making ends meet.
Park City Credit Union

My Dream Starter Home

Aug 17, 2021
  • Home Loans
“I was able to get financing for my dream starter home when other financial institutions wouldn’t even consider it."
Guardian Credit Union

I Will Be a Member Until the End

Aug 17, 2021
  • Rainy Day Support - Wage Loss
“I've been with Guardian for 30 years. They are the best. I went through some medical issues that left me off the payroll for over a year, and they reached out to me when they noticed inconsistencies in my account and offered to help me save my home."
WESTconsin Credit Union

Overcoming Unexpected Hardships

Aug 16, 2021
  • COVID-19 Response
Members of ours were hit hard by the effects of COVID-19. Both lost their jobs and were relying on unemployment while having four loans with us and their credit card.

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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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