In today’s age of Amazon Prime and Apple Pay, it’s easy to confuse a superior experience with expedited service. Sure, many members want to point, click, or wave and be on their way, but others need assistance that falls outside an algorithm. And that’s where the credit unions featured in this Callahan Collection are making their mark. From employee-sponsored lending to weatherization loans, job training tie-ins to adoption assistance — and lots of opportunity in between — these credit unions have developed creative solutions to give members the credit they need.  

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Niche Loans For Unique Needs

By Marc Rapport | Feb. 3, 2020

Consolidated Community Credit Union includes a security deposit loan among its package of new mortgage products that address the housing crunch in the Northwestern city’s market.

By Sharon Simpson | Oct. 28, 2019

The CEO of Everence FCU shares why the cooperative’s mission is more relevant to a broader group of consumers than ever before.

By Marc Rapport | Aug. 19, 2019

Credit unions are experimenting with employee-sponsored small-dollar loan programs at the urging of Filene and the FINRA Foundation.

By Marc Rapport | July 1, 2019

A small Ohio credit union includes income replacement in a loan package aimed at spurring personal and community economic development.

By Marc Rapport | April 22, 2019

Tree-hugging roots run deep at the Vermont credit union, which offers an array of lending and deposit products aimed at fighting climate change.

By Erik Payne | April 1, 2019

The Idaho credit union’s weatherization loan offers an alternative to high-interest credit cards and HELOCs.

By Sharon Simpson | Aug. 6, 2018

A loan doesn’t have to be massive to be mighty. These high-impact programs have an outsize effect on members and communities.

By Sharon Simpson | March 19, 2018

A $112 million loan financed through a consortium of credit unions shines a light on the impact of the cooperative model in rural America.

By Marc Rapport | July 24, 2017

Managing risk and building relationships helps two small credit unions lend to C-D-E-paper borrowers.