What do we do when we are not managing your money? Chances are you can catch one member of the team out volunteering, that’s what. While prudently managing your money is our number one job, we also believe that giving back to our community is just as important. Not only do we sponsor organizations such as the Oregon Children’s Theatre where John Woolley has been a past board President and Treasurer, we volunteer hours in our community (frequently with our children).

John and his wife, Karen, have lead mission trips to Rwanda working with street orphans and resettlement refugees. Their last trip was in 2009. He is now helping two of his daughters prepare for their trip to Managua, Nicaragua where they will be working with Forward Edge International. While in Nicaragua they will be helping repair the Villa Esperanza facility which is a safe haven for girls trying to escape their life in the garbage dump/landfill of Managua and the horrors that life in the dump entails.

Beth Craven puts in many volunteer hours at her girls’ high school, Jesuit. She has also accompanied her daughters as they fulfill Jesuit’s numerous required volunteer hours at places such as an elderly hospice house in SE Portland and The Boys & Girls Club.

Christel Turkiewicz can frequently be found at many elementary schools around the city teaching students the basics of personal finance through her work as a volunteer with Financial Beginnings. While living in Thailand during 2008-2010 she helped teach an English camp in northern Thailand for under privileged girls. She also volunteered this year at the Oregon Food Bank with her son as he completed a community project for his People to People Student Ambassador program.

Not to be outdone by the others at Northwest, Mark Scarlett will head out in July for two weeks in Zambia with a group from Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in partnership with World Vision. He will be working in an extremely impoverished area called Sinazongwe in the southern part of Zambia where they will focus on agricultural development/food security, clean water, HIV/AIDS and education. Mark made his first journey there in 2009. His wife, Anita, and their two oldest daughters are involved in many philanthropic events as part of the National Charity League organization.

We appreciate your business, and we appreciate the community both locally and globally we live and work in.