Houston, TX

2424A Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
713-533-1000
manager.houston
@tenthousandvillages.com

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We will be closed LABOR DAY so our volunteers and staff can share the day with Friends and Family. Have a GREAT HOLIDAY!

Mon-Sat: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Welcome to Ten Thousand Villages Houston!

Ten Thousand Villages Houston is a nonprofit fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted items from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries.  We are part of a network of more than 156 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

As one of the world’s oldest 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 gift items, personal accessories and home decor from across the globe.

To many, fair trade is just an economic term.  Our definition, however, runs far deeper. At Ten Thousand Villages, fair trade is a partnership based on dialogue, mutual understanding, respect and direct contact between ourselves and our artisan partners in developing countries.  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.



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About Us

About Ten Thousand Villages in Houston, TX

Ten Thousand Villages in Houston, TX, 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.

The vision for this global movement began with Edna Ruth Byler, a social entrepreneur before her time. Byler believed she could provide sustainable economic opportunities for skilled artisans in developing countries by creating a viable marketplace for their products in North America. Starting in 1946 she launched a grassroots campaign in central Pennsylvania, selling handcrafted products out of the trunk of her car and sharing information with customers about the lives of the artisans who made them. Byler’s tireless efforts over the next 30 years led to the establishment of Ten Thousand Villages, now a global network of more than 110 artisan groups in 35 countries and 78 retail outlets throughout the United States.

Ten Thousand Villages was selected in 2007 and 2008 as a Zonta Charitable Fund designated non-profit recipient.  Zonta International is a global organization of female executives and professionals which works to improve the legal, political, economic and social status of women worldwide.  For more information about Zonta, click here http://www.zontahouston.org/.

Volunteer

Volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in Houston, TX

We welcome you to join our village of volunteers! As a nonprofit organization, we are run primarily by a diverse and dynamic team of volunteers.  Volunteers serve a variety of functions and are crucial to our success, helping us to keep our overhead costs lower, which allows us to purchase more from artisans.  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 8 hours per month and we have a very flexible schedule to make it easy to fit your volunteer hours into your own schedule.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

  
Shiftboard Online Volunteer Scheduling and CommunicationsOur store utilizes the Shiftboard online volunteer scheduling system where you can pick the exact times and positions that work best for you. It's easier than ever to get involved and choose fun-filled volunteer positions, and stay connected with our local store, people and activities. Daily volunteer opportunities include greeting and interacting with customers, unpacking and checking orders, assisting with displays and operating the cash register.

If you are interested in volunteering, you may apply online. The volunteer manager will contact you when the next new volunteer orientation is scheduled. You can always contact our store directly for more information at 713-533-1000.

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Fair Trade Pancake Brunch - October 5, 2014

9:30am-11:00am

Join us for a delicious meal of Fair Trade pancakes featuring a full toppings bar as we celebrate National Fair Trade Month! Tickets are available through the church office, at the door, and at Ten Thousand Villages Houston. Fair Trade goody bags will be given away throughout the day, so don’t miss out!

Where:
Westminster United Methodist Church
5801 San Felipe
Houston, TX 77057

Tickets:
$5 Adults
$2.50 3-6 yrs
Free Under 3 yrs

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Holiday Shopping Card - October 24, 2014 - November 3, 2014

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Store Hours

We will be closed LABOR DAY so our volunteers and staff can share the day with Friends and Family. Have a GREAT HOLIDAY!

Mon-Sat: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM