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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

Assisting the Amish Community

Jun 01, 2017
  • Serving the Underserved
The Amish in our community sought our help obtaining Social Security numbers to obtain financial services.
Simplicity Credit Union

Making it Work

Apr 01, 2017
  • Home Loans
In appreciation for their care for an elderly neighbor, our members were offered her home at below market pricing.
stories_t_empower credit union

There During Life's Challenges

Mar 01, 2017
  • Rainy Day Support - Medical Bills
A member’s husband was severely injured while hunting, and they faced a long period of reduced income while they both focused on his recovery.
Brokaw Credit Union

Covering the Need & More

Dec 01, 2016
  • Escaping Predatory Lending
A man with a laid-off spouse called seeking help to cover a medical bill and new tires.
Altra Federal Credit Union

More Than Just Numbers

Oct 01, 2016
  • Rainy Day Support - Medical Bills
Last April, I started having some major health issues and had to go on an extended medical leave.
stories_t_glacier hills credit union

Financial Literacy as a Graduation Requirement

Jan 01, 2012
  • Fostering Financial Literacy
The reality fair our credit union hosted at local high schools doubled in size in just three years and is now offered to all sophomores.

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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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