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    Cast a Vote for Your Favorite Member Story

    After much deliberation, we’ve narrowed the amazing videos sent in by leagues and credit unions across the nation down to our top five. And now we need your help!

    Below are the five videos. Watch, enjoy, and vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom. The last day to vote is Friday, December 18th and results will be announced the following Monday!

    Dorothy James – Spectrum Credit Union

    Dorothy James sought financial advice from Spectrum Credit Union in San Francisco, California to pay off her credit cards, buy a car and reach her goal of buying a home.

    The Gregory Family – Community First Credit Union

    The Gregory Family shared the joys of adopting a son and being able to afford to buy a house to raise him in with the help of Community First Credit Union in Appleton, Wisconsin.

    Deborah Decker – Episcopal Community Federal Credit Union

    Deborah Decker shared the financial difficulties she faced having left an abusive husband without an exit plan and was able to get expert financial advice and compassion from Episcopal Community Federal Credit Union in Los Angeles, California.

    Boom Boom Mex Mex – Cooperative Federal Credit Union

    Guadalupe and Thomas Bryan found the financing they needed to open their restaurant, Boom Boom Mex Mex with the help of Cooperative Federal Credit Union in Syracuse, New York.

    Luis Lozoya – Guadalupe Credit Union

    Luis Lozoya talks about the joy of being a first time homebuyer and opening up a restaurant through Guadalupe Credit Union in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Vote here!


    Hearing and seeing a member passionately talking about how their credit union experience has made the real difference is what this contest is all about. While we can only have one contest winner, each story exemplifies what makes credit unions unique and special.

    Thanks to everyone who contributed. You should be proud.

    (Click here to read about the contest.)

DiscussionLeave a Comment

  1. Building community together in Syracuse,NY! – we’re behind Cooperative Federal 100%!

  2. I love this video! My favorite part is when Lupe says the credit union made her American dream come true, with such conviction!

  3. Luis is so proud of his accomplishments, and he should be! Thanks to the folks that made it possible for him to succeed!

  4. Cooperative Federal has done as much for local independents in Syracuse than anyone else combined. Viva la Cooperative Fed. Thank you!

  5. They are all so good that it’s difficult to choose. Each one touched my heart in a different way, yet each one depicts the true spirit behind the REAL Solutions program.

  6. Cooperative Federal has become a cornerstone of economic development in Syracuse. They’re creating opportunity for thousands of underserved and underrepresented people- Spanish speakers, entrepreneurs, are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition, the credit union supports the growth of the green economy. Good job, folks!

  7. All the stories are good, but Deborah’s story epitomizes what is going on today with the destruction of people’s work, lives, savings and hope and the way that a credit union like the Episcopal Credit Union in LA can literally help a person rebuild and do so in a way that empowers them and respects their human dignity. Banks don’t do that!

  8. What a wonderful collection of stories – but having tasted the burritos at Boom Boom Mex Mex, I have to cast my vote their way. Keep up the good work.

  9. Yummy burritos!!! Thank you Cooperative Federal.

  10. Every time I hear Debbie’s story I end up in tears. This is why I would never withdraw my membership from the Episcopal Credit Union. I am proud to be a small part of bringing hope to God’s people.

  11. I too was moved by all the stories here. It served as a reminder of the incredible work CUs do in helping people, who are truly in need of compassion, understanding and a second chance.

  12. Cooperative Federal is absolutely amazing. They are truly revolutionizing microfinance. Also, Boom Boom Mex Mex is delicious!

  13. The Gregory Family from Community first really touched me. Going through the adoption process can be grueling and expensive process if it weren’t for the Stimulous Mortgage Program at Community First they wouldn’t have gotten a home for years.

  14. Luis said several times everything is possible and talked about his next steps. The Credit Union helped with resources that have propeled him further and faster. He is a influencer and role model for people in his community as he spoke of home ownership through mobile homes. He is a picture of a small splash in a pond (his consolidation loan) that will move from small ripples to big waves. The credit union is changing lives, one at a time. Keep up the good work!

  15. The Gregory Family have the American dream in their hearts and it’s evident when they tell you their story. Thankfully Community First Credit Union’s name says it all: “Community First”! They helped to make those dreams come true. God bless them for adopting a child and giving him a loving family and God Bless CFCU for listening to their plight and providing an avenue for success.

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