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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. Have your own story you'd like to share? Submit your story here.

Story Collection

Park City Credit Union

Every Step of the Way

Apr 20, 2023
  • Second Chances & Refinancing
“When I first joined, I needed help with rebuilding my credit.
N.E.W. Credit Union

A Student Branch & More

Apr 17, 2023
  • Fostering Financial Literacy
I have been a member for a little while now and it was easy to get set up.
Blackhawk Community Credit Union

Being Member-Focused

Apr 13, 2023
  • Rainy Day Support
An elderly member was unable to qualify for loan refinancing elsewhere due to recent late payments on a car loan at another financial.
Blackhawk Community Credit Union

Giving Back

Apr 13, 2023
  • Charity & Community Service
In 2020, we launched the Local First Credit Card, which offers our members all the benefits of a BHCCU credit card while also giving back to a local nonprofit organization.
Altra Federal Credit Union

"They Believed in Me"

Apr 12, 2023
  • Second Chances & Refinancing
I went through a divorce and had to refinance my house in a hurry, so I went with some fly-by-night company that made all these promises but then charged me (in small writing) $30,000 in closing costs!
Altra Federal Credit Union

Already Part of the Best

Apr 12, 2023
  • Above & Beyond Service
"Ive been a member of Altra (Trane) Federal Credit Union since 1973. It's been the only banking system I've had since then.

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.