Summer Customer Service Volunteers Needed

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Ten Thousand Villages Oak Park

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Ten Thousand Villages in Oak Park

Our volunteer make a difference to THOUSANDS of artisans in developing countries.

You will work with customers, other volunteers, and staff. Here are a few requirements:

  • You must be 16 years old or older (Need service hours for school? Ask us how you can do this!)
  • You have to have basic computer and internet skills
  • You have to have the ability to go up down stairs easily
  • You need the ability to carry merchandise safely.
  • You will be asked to work evenings (5-7:30 or Thursdays 7-9:30) and/or weekends, occasionally.
We ask each volunteer to work once weekly (which is around 2.5 hours per week.)

We will train you to help our customers while helping thousands of artisans internationally! This is a great opportunity for young people to improve their interpersonal skills.

Please apply by April 20. We need to train you in May so you can begin in June.

Come to the store to fill out an application or apply online at:

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About Ten Thousand Villages Oak Park


121 N Marion, Oak Park, IL 60301, US

Mission Statement

Ten Thousand Villages Oak Park is a non-profit, fair-trade retailer that supports marginalized artisans in developing countries by selling their products in the developed world. Unlike a conventional retailer, we guarantee the artisans with whom we work fair-wages and compensation for their labor. Many of our artisans are educating the first generation of their families and joining the middle class in their home countries thanks to our work! Currently we work with artisan groups in 36 different countries around the world. Among other things, our store offers home decor products, jewelry, scarves, dishware, musical instruments, coffee and tea


Our work would not be possible without the help of a large staff of volunteers, who handle every aspect of our business, from bookkeeping to customer service to marketing and promotion. However, our greatest needs are for sales associates and merchandise handlers.

As a home decor and personal accessoroes store we are constantly receiving new inventory. Personable, reliable people who enjoy meeting customers and getting the first look at new products can always find a home here!

In appreciation of our volunteers donation of time we offer a 20% discount on in-store purchses, as well as initial and ongoing skills-based training. We hold quarterly appreciation events to enable our capable, generous volunteers to meet and socialize with one another. Our store is particularly lively and busy during the holiday season.
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We'll work with your schedule.


121 N Marion StOak Park, IL 60301



  • Basic Computer Skills
  • People Skills
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Retail / Sales
  • Customer Service


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • One shift per week = approx. 2.5 hours per shift. We are currently looking for volunteers who can take shifts in the evenings and on weekends. June to August Thursdays 7-9:30
  • You should be supportive of fair trade, have a positive attitude, and willing to work with others.

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