Ten Thousand Villages in Highland Park, NJ, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.
As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.
We welcome you to join our village of volunteers! As a nonprofit store, volunteers are crucial to our success, helping us to keep our overhead costs lower, which allows us to purchase more from artisans. Apply now to join our fun-filled volunteer positions—greeting and interacting with customers, unpacking and checking orders, assisting with displays and operating the cash register. We welcome volunteers any time of the year.
Let us know you’re interested by filling out an application at our store. You can also contact our store for more information.
•Volunteers must share an interest in achieving our mission.
•Volunteers must be willing to follow organization policies and procedures.
•Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
•A guardian must sign the Volunteer Release Form for any volunteer under the age of 18.
•Every volunteer must complete an on-site orientation at the beginning of the first volunteer shift. The orientation will include an overview of our mission, policies, procedures, and safety standards. There may be additional training required for certain tasks.
•Every volunteer must read, complete, and sign all required paperwork (Volunteer Information Form, Release Form, and Orientation Checklist).