As a nonprofit, fair trade retail organization, the success of Ten Thousand Villages largely depends on the commitment and enthusiasm of volunteers! Each volunteer brings special strengths and insights to the operation of the store. This will be a rewarding experience for all who participate!
We appreciate volunteers who are comfortable greeting customers, telling artisan stories, presenting products and operating the cash register. You may also restock the inventory, straighten or rearrange displays, or do inventory counts. Even if you are not comfortable with these duties, there are behind the scenes opportunities like assisting with merchandise unpacking, cleaning, inventory counts, etc.
Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of 8 hours a month. This is the amount of time it takes to stay familiar with the store and its procedures. Volunteer shifts are 2 - 4 hours long, and volunteers can sign up for shifts that that work with their schedule using an online system.
Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or under-employed. This income helps pay for food, education, health care or housing.
As a non-profit fair trade retail store, we market quality products from diverse cultures around the world made by people that we know and care enough about to do business with in a manner that together we consider fair. We trade with artisan groups who pay fair wages and demonstrate concern for their members' welfare. We provide consistent purchases, advances and prompt final payments to artisans. We market quality products that are hand-crafted (no factories) by under-employed artisans. We choose handicrafts that reflect and reinforce rich cultural traditions, that are environmentally sensitive and which appeal to the North American consumer. We encourage North American customers to learn about fair trade and to appreciate artisans' cultural heritage and life circumstances with joy and respect. We use resources carefully and value volunteers who work in our North American operations.
Advocacy & Human Rights
We'll work with your schedule.
610 Main StreetCovington, KY41011
September 22, 2020
Event Planning / Management
Retail / Sales
Basic Computer Skills
Must be at least 16
Orientation or Training
We ask that volunteers do their best to commit to volunteering 8 hours per month. This is the amount of time it takes to stay familiar with the store and its procedures.
Must fill out online volunteer application, answer a short questionnaire, provide references, and attend orientation and training.