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.



Support Association Volunteers

Oikocredit volunteers, especially throughout Europe and the U.S., play a critical role in reaching potential investors. 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. 

Volunteers recruit investors through their personal networks of family and friends, and they work through churches, development and fair trade organizations to promote awareness of Oikocredit’s work. More often than not, they are investors themselves. 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.

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