Strong History of Volunteerism

Hundreds of Oikocredit volunteers around the world play multiple, important roles in the life and growth of Oikocredit as a thriving organization.

Strong History of Volunteerism

Representing all walks of life and a range of ages, volunteers work mainly through Support Associations in their countries. They are engaged in activities from planning local presentations on microfinance and development issues, to promoting the mission of Oikocredit through communications vehicles, to serving as board members of their associations. They are themselves often investors. And, perhaps most significantly, more than 60 percent of Oikocredit’s investment funds are raised by volunteers through their myriad activities. This spirit of volunteerism sets Oikocredit apart as an investment vehicle.

How U.S. Volunteers are Involved

In the U.S., there is a cadre of active volunteers, some involved with Support Associations. For example:

Alex Morse became a part-time intern with the Western Pennsylvania Support Association, then a volunteer. Most recently, Alex coordinated and publicized WPSA’s 2012 annual meeting, wrote its 2012 annual plan and budget, and created new publicity materials consistent with the organization’s branding.

Charlotte Lott, also a volunteer and a board member of WPSA, brings to the association her expertise as a long-time professor of economics in Chatham University’s Department of Business and Entrepreneurship, where she also conducts research and community service.

As a volunteer, Richard Hodsdon helped launch Oikocredit Northwest USA, a Support Association. Then he served as a founding board member and president of the group. Rick and other volunteers promote Oikocredit with individuals and groups, often in churches which have social justice groups.

Regional volunteer groups

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Why volunteer groups?

Oikocredit Support Associations are collectives of volunteers whose members are engaged in promoting Oikocredit’s mission. Volunteer associations are part of a long-standing tradition in Oikocredit’s work. In addition to being active volunteers for Oikocredit, Support Associations are members of the Oikocredit International cooperative.

Oikocredit has two Support Associations based in the US – the Western Pennsylvania Support Association and the Oikocredit Northwest Support Association based in Seattle. Click on the regions to learn more about how you can get involved in your local Support Association.
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