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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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Annual Meeting 2015 Was One of "Hellos" and "Goodbyes" for the Board

Thank you Paul Nelson and Paul Brown 
We regretfully said good bye to two board members, Paul Nelson and Paul Brown. We want to thank them for the excellent work they did on behalf of Oikocredit WSPA and wishthem the best. 

Serving for Second Term
Lois Hurt
Bio: I fell in love with Oikocredit (then EDCS)  when I first heard of it in the 1990's and have been an investor since. I have served 2 terms on the board. I have been to an annual meeting in Peru. My primary church is the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh.

New Nominations
Katelyn Haas 
Katelyn recently received her Masters in Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the University of Pittsburgh.  She is working at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development as a Transportation Policy Fellow. She is also a member of ELPC and a former intern of Oikocredit.
Gene Gruver
Bio: Gene taught in the Department of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh for 42 years. He retired in 2012. His teaching and research focused on economic development, environmental issues, and quantitative economic policy. He has been a member of Oikocredit for several years. Gene is married to Marcia Gruver. They have two children, and three grandchildren. They are active members of First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh.