Finance for Our Times
By GAIL COLLINS
The government is just going to be a kind of helper, bringing the toxic asset buyers and sellers together, maybe creating some incentives to make the deals happen.
helper Show phonetics
someone who helps with an activity:
The teachers make great use of volunteer helpers.
willing Show phonetics
1 be willing (to do sth) to be happy to do something if it is needed:
If you're willing to fly at night, you can get a much cheaper ticket.
You said you needed a volunteer - well, I'm willing.
Apparently John and Gabriel are willing for us to use their garden.
2 APPROVING describes someone who does their work energetically and enthusiastically:
a willing helper/worker/student
WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) started in England in 1972 when the first WWOOFers spent a weekend helping on an organic farm in exchange for their keep. The organization was initially called Working Weekends on Organic Farms, but was changed to Willing Workers on Organic Farms in 1982 after people asked "why only weekends?"
Today there are 23 WWOOF groups all over the world, including Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Italy, USA, Austria, UK, Ghana, New Zealand and Canada. All the groups are independent, but operate in a similar way, by putting people into contact with each other. Throughout the world the WWOOF philosophy is the same; WWOOF hosts provide food and lodging to travellers and students in exchange for between 4 and 6 hours work per day.
About WWOOFing in Australia