As a non-profit organization, we are run primarily by a diverse and dynamic team of volunteers. Our volunteers serve a variety of functions and have a huge impact on every aspect of our organization. Simply put - we couldn't exist without our volunteers!
If you are interested in being a part of the fair trade movement, we hope you will consider joining our volunteer team. We welcome highly motivated people who have a passion for our people-driven mission and the products we sell. No previous experience or skills are required - just a friendly attitude and the desire to help. We ask that our volunteers work at least 2 shifts per month and we have a very flexible schedule to make it easy to fit your volunteer hours into your own schedule. Contact Louise Ranck or Liz VanArtsdalen via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com
In the Store
Some folks volunteer weekly, others come once or twice each month. Regular volunteers are trained to wait on customers, use the cash registers, and unpack and check orders.
Currently we are in need of Volunteers in the areas below :
Barista and basic Cafe help
Store marketing and community outreach
Our store runs Warehouse Sales twice yearly, once in March, and once in July. We use a small army of volunteers to set up and run the sales, including many local folks and some who come from out-of-state to work the two intense (but fun!) sale weeks.
Our exciting International Children's Festival at the end of each school year requires nearly 100 volunteers to help serve food, and help with a myriad of activities and crafts.
Extra hands are always welcome during Holiday Special Events and December Saturdays, assisting cashiers with wrapping purchases, and guiding folks through the Living Gifts process.
Stop by the Ephrata store for a volunteer application if you are interested in being part of "the village" in this way.
In the Rug Room
We are so excited in the rug room to share the story of the artisans that create the wonderful hand-knotted carpets. We have many volunteer opportunities which include sharing the rug story (welcoming customers), helping to flip rugs (which is showing them to customers) and helping to check in new shipments. We also have a Story Time on the Carpet the second Thursday each month for children that is followed by a craft activity so story readers and craft helpers are much appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering please let us know!
Want to gain experience and help our store reach the "Next Level"?
You could be the next intern at Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata! Now accepting applications for the following positions:
Marketing and Community Outreach
Please contact Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and applications.
Meet Our Volunteers
Carla Martin is in her third year as a weekly volunteer for Ten Thousand Villages Ephrata. "I believe in the fair trade philosophy in that it helps so many families worldwide. Those who shop at the Villages stores can enjoy beautiful and unique merchandise." Among the "varied, fun things" she does as a volunteer, Carla lists checking in the weekly orders and preparing for the Warehouse Sales and the International Children's Festival. Her least favorite day is store inventory––most of the store staff would agree with you on that one, Carla! She enjoys the "wonderful staff and other volunteers" at the store, who help to make her day here one to look forward to.
Carla recently surprised us by revealing that she has a pilot's license. Someday you might see the Ephrata store staff zooming around overhead, waving from a Cessna, as Carla gives us a taste of being airborne. She also has started taking violin lessons.
Carla and her husband Clarence travelled last year to China. They share three children and five grandsons, and live in Lititz (Pa).
Ruth Ruby, one of our veteran volunteers, has been a "Village Person" for nearly seven years. When she retired from her secretarial job at Luther Acres, a local retirement community, Ruth wanted to do something worthwhile with her time, and offered to volunteer here at the Ephrata store. "I never know quite what I might be doing each week––it might be helping to unpack a shipment, waiting on customers, dusting shelves, or helping to get ready for inventory or a Warehouse Sale. But whatever I do, I know it's for a good cause. I truly believe in the fair trade concept Ten Thousand Villages stands for. Everyone deserves a chance to make a decent wage and to provide for their family. Ten Thousand Villages enables many people throughout the world to do this."
Ruth loves to read, and likes to cook, especially when she is trying out new and different recipes. She enjoys all kinds of games, but is happiest of all playing Liverpool Rummy. In earlier days, she was a whiz at racquetball and badminton. Ruth and her husband Allen have travelled extensively, to many countries in Europe, to the Holy Land, and to Alaska on a cruise. They have three children and four grandchildren, and live in Akron(Pa).