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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History

Oikocredit – originally called the Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society – was officially founded in 1975 by the World Council of Churches. It was formed as a global cooperative based in the Netherlands. This inclusive, cooperative approach appealed to the founders who sought active involvement as investors. Their other guiding principle was and remains key: investments should reflect the social justice values of Oikocredit and its investors. This principle was fueled by their decision to divest from companies that profited from the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa.