Ten Thousand Villages Ephrata offers many kinds of volunteer opportunities.
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.
In the Rug Room
Volunteer opportunities involve working on the floor as a talker or flipper, transporting rugs, checking in a new shipment and more.
Our store runs Warehouse Sales twice yearly, once in January, 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 give rickshaw rides, 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.
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).