OUR FORT COLLINS STORE
Ten Thousand Villages Fort Collins began as an outreach effort of the Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship Church. The Fellowship held an annual Ten Thousand Villages sale at the church each November for 17 years. Inspired by the success of these sales the congregation worked for over 11 months to raise money for an Old Town location for a permanent store. In October 2000 our store opened its doors to the public.
Fort Collins Board of Directors
Lenora Bohren, Vicki Caldwell, Amanda Haggerty, Rhonda Huser, Shelley Kawamura, Mary Miller, Lynette McGowan, Jackie Ring, Michelle Ross, Martha Shepard, Lucille Steiner
Wendy Poppen - Store Manager
Wendy Poppen helped open the Fort Collins Ten Thousand Villages in 2000 and has been the manager ever since. The fair trade model is what attracted Wendy to this position as she believes that no one is free when others are oppressed.
Prior to this position Wendy taught alpine skiing for 15 years. Then for ten years owned and operated The Laurel Street Bakery and Cafe’ in Fort Collins.
Wendy has two grown children, lives in the Old Town area and is an avid cyclist, community advocate and can be seen riding to work on her cruiser with flowers and hot pink rims!
Stacy Koeckeritz - Assistant Manager
Stacy is a native of the Front Range and recently returned to the Fort Collins area after many years of living in Southern Mexico. During her tenure in Mexico she was involved in the promotion of bamboo as a sustainable building material and also worked as a baker and soap maker. Her favorite job while there was creating a cooperatively run gift shop to provide local women with a place to sell their crafts directly to tourists at a fair price. Stacy is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Construction Management with the hopes of continuing her bamboo crusade and is thrilled to be able to continue working to promote fair trade and sustainable development from this side of the border. She lives in north Fort Collins with her two daughters and dog, Mango.
Kathleen Eddy - Weekend Supervisor
For those of you who haven't met me, I'm a graduate student at C.S.U. I started volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages-Fort Collins my first semester of school, back in May 2013. I've always enjoyed volunteering, and I chose to come here because I've been to Kenya, and have met some of the artisans we work with; plus fair trade is important to me. I am super excited to continue as a part of the Villages management team, and look forward to meeting you all!"
* Hey! We've got something to say!
We're happy to share our fair trade philosophy and efforts with school and community organizations through our speakers' bureau. Our products can tell hundreds of stories about cultures around the world. If you would like to schedule a speaker, please contact our store at 970-224-9501 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Host a Giving Twice Shopping Night Benefit!
What it is:
We invite area nonprofits to partner with us for a Giving Twice shopping Night Benefit to raise awareness for your group's mission. Your organization selects a date and promotes it. Ten Thousand Villages -Fort Collins will donate 10% of the total sales during a four hour period to your organization. We will staff the event for you while you promote your cause.
- Your nonprofit can choose any month, excluding December, to host the event.
- Your nonprofit may choose any four hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of that month.
- We will donate 10 percent of our sales made during the four hour block back to your organization. A minimum of $125.00 in sales must be met during the months of January through May and $300.00 during the months of June through November.
If interested in planning your shopping night, contact us at 224-9501.
We are proud to continue to partner with following organizations for Giving Twice Shopping Events, and we would love to connect with yours!
The Larimer Chorale
Dining for Women
The Geller Center for Spiritual Development
Allied Women Entrepreneurs
Bike Fort Collins
Project Self Sufficiency
Save the Poudre
Unity Church....and many more!