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CU leader volunteers in Central America
BEAVERTON, Ore. (1/12/09)--Bill Woods, vice president of lending at Northwest Community CU, Springfield, Ore., traveled to El Salvador and Guatemala to volunteer for “The International Stove Team,” a Rotary project.
Bill Woods, vice president of lending at Northwest Community CU, Springfield, Ore., traveled to Central America to participate in a stove-building project that benefited Central American families. (Photo provided by the Credit Union Association of Oregon)
While in El Salvador, Woods built cooking stoves in a factory that were provided to Central American families. The stoves replace open fires in homes, thus improving air quality and reducing the risk of children in the home being burned by fire, according to the Credit Union Association of Oregon. The stoves cost $29 to manufacture, and were provided to families for $30. The average Central American family uses wood for their fires to cook and heat their homes, which costs between $10 and $30 per week (Oregon Outlook January 2009). Woods also traveled to Guatemala to build a factory similar to the one in El Salvador. “The people of El Salvador and Guatemala were tidy, polite, happy and very innovative,” Woods said. “They were stars at making do, such as making a hammer cut out of steel and a piece of rebar. “They seemed most appreciative of all efforts to help them, making the trip very worthwhile,” he added.


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