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Ten Thousand Villages Oak Park

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Ten Thousand Villages in Oak Park

Our Ten Thousand Villages non-profit fair trade store is located in lively downtown Oak Park. Volunteering with us allows you to help locally while impacting thousands of people globally.

Do you enjoy working with the public and other fun, smart, dedicated volunteers? Do you consider yourself dependable, trustworthy, confident, and a people person? Join our Customer Service Volunteer Staff!

Our vision is that one day all artisans in developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and respect, and be able to live a life of quality.
We achieve this through our marketing and sales of fair trade goods.

Volunteer's benefits include:

  • Meeting wonderful customers who believe in fair trade
  • Improving the lives of marginalized artisans across the globe
  • Socializing with a diverse group of friendly people who support this cause
  • Working in a beautiful, stimulating environment
  • Developing transferable job skills
  • Enjoy participating in outside volunteer activities
  • You can earn a 20% Volunteer Discount! We will tell you more about it when you apply.
  • For Students who need to complete service hours, ask us how you may be able to do this with us.

The Value of Volunteers

Volunteers are absolutely critical to our success. By keeping operating costs low we can more greatly assist our artisan groups improve their economic situation in their communities. You will be trained on our computers to inform customers about our artisans and their products. Our customers find added value in giving beautiful and interesting gifts that help others around the world.

If you would like to join our fantastic volunteer staff, please stop by the store to apply or go online to this link: Once we review your application and check your references we will be in touch.

We look forward to meeting you!

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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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121 N Marion StOak Park, IL 60301



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


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • One shift per week = approx. 2.5 hours each shift or 10 hours per month. We are currently hiring for evening and weekend shifts.
  • Friendly, positive attitude, reliable, confident, trustworthy, and open to helping customers.

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