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.


Starting on October 23, you can purchase and use The Holiday Shopping Card 2014 to get 20% off purchases at tons of retail stores! All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. Cards available for purchase at Ten Thousand Villages Houston.
Participating retailers: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?sid=198369&type=fr_informational&pg=informational&fr_id=63458##t


 


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Ten Thousand Villages-Houston Inc

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.

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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

Christ the King Lutheran Church Shopping Night - November 6, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit Christ the King Lutheran Church from 6-8 p.m.

Christ the King Lutheran Church is located at the corner of Rice Boulevard and Greenbriar in the Rice University Village area of Houston, Texas. Our congregation draws many members from Rice University, the Texas Medical Center. Presently we have more than 800 members of whom about 400 people attend worship on any given weekend. Christ the King is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We welcome all who visit us. Our faith calls us to be an inclusive community and to embrace all people, including those of all cultures, races, and sexual orientations.

For more information on this organization: www.ctkelc.org

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Montrose Grace Place Shopping Night - November 7, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Montrose Grace Place is an organization that serves homeless youth in the Montrose area of Houston. We were founded by members of Grace Lutheran Church in 2009, and became a separately incorporated 501(c)3 organization in 2011. Our mission is not to evangelize, convert, judge or shame, but to provide a safe, welcoming environment for vulnerable homeless youth of all sexualities and gender identities, providing nourishment, healthy relationships and hope for the future.

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Texas Mennonite Sale and Auction for World Relief - November 8, 2014

UT Medical Faculty Wives and Women Faculty Shopping Night - November 10, 2014

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit the UT Faculty Wives and Women Faculty Medical Student Scholarship Fund from 6-8 p.m.

In 1973, when the new UT Medical School was only three years old, the wives of the new faculty formed a group dedicated to fostering a sense of community among its growing membership and to find a way to assist medical students. In 1983 our group, now known as The UT Medical at Houston Organization of Faculty Wives and Women Faculty or UT FWWF, established a student scholarship fund. We have awarded many scholarships to deserving students over these past years. Our fund raising efforts include, initially, bake sales but eventually evolved into a series of cook books, three in all, the most recent being our most successful.

Camaraderie is an essential goal of our organization and monthly events are planned featuring a variety of activities. Our book club was established in 1975 and continues to this day, as popular as ever.

Link: https://med.uth.edu/news/faculty-wives-and-women-faculty-seeks-new-members/

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University of St. Thomas American Chemical Society (ACS) Shopping Night - November 11, 2014

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit University of St. Thomas American Chemical Society (ACS) from 6-8 p.m.

The American Chemical Society unites chemistry students, provides intellectual stimulation and experience in preparing and presenting technical material for chemistry science audiences.

For more information on this organization:  http://www.stthom.edu

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UNAIC/IVH Choir Shopping Night - November 12, 2014

6pm - 8pm

International Voices Houston is a multicultural group of singers who inspire, educate, and bring joy to our audiences through world music. We perform international choral works in their unique styles and languages. We celebrate our cultural diversity as part of the greater Houston community through our collaborative environment of camaraderie, learning, and growth.

We sing because we love music, but we sing with International Voices Houston to form diverse friendships, nourish ourselves, have fun, and enrich our lives in Houston. International Voices Houston enhances our quality of life, regardless of our musical background, and its non-tangible spirit is one of “home.”

Artistically, we strive to expand our musical repertoire, continually developing concerts that are thought-provoking and viscerally engaging for our ever-broadening audiences.

Through our programs, we seek to broaden our presence in the community through increased partnerships with area civic and arts groups, youth organizations, choirs and artists.

History
The UNA International Choir was inaugurated in Houston, Texas, in September 1999 by the founding music director, Michele Lhopiteau. The choir gives numerous concerts in a variety of venues every year and offers its audiences a distinctive repertoire available nowhere else in the area.

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PAIR - Partnership for the Advancement & Immersion of Refugees Shopping Night - November 13, 2014

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit PAIR - Partnership for the Advancement & Immersion of Refugees from 6-8 p.m.

PAIR's mission is to empower refugee youth to navigate American society, reach their academic potential, and become community leaders through educational and mentoring programs. At the same time, PAIR provides its volunteers with opportunities that increase their leadership and communication skills and their ability to work with diverse cultures.

PAIR's vision is to help our students become adjusted, engaged, and self-sufficient members of society. At the core of PAIR's efforts is the resolution to bridge the educational gap and foster economic mobility. For many of our refugee students, arrival in the U.S. has created the new and unexpected possibility of receiving secondary education and higher education. PAIR's work aims to assist refugee youth in taking full advantage of this opportunity and to allow these motivated students to pursue an educational path that will further improve their quality of life and develop their potential, ultimately leading to self-sufficiency, positive adjustment, and civic involvement.

For more information on this organization: http://www.pairhouston.org/

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Revels Houston Shopping Night - November 14, 2014

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit Revels Houston from 6-8 p.m.

Discover the magic of Revels, where we celebrate cultural traditions and seasonal changes through music, dance, song and storytelling.

Revels Houston is a unique, community-based performing arts organization and a living tradition welcoming participation from those of all backgrounds and ages. Revels performances celebrate the rituals and traditions drawn from many lands and peoples through different eras. Revels leads children and adults to discover that the timeless traditions of the different cultures throughout the world are really shared by all mankind. The celebration of these traditions is the common thread that binds us all.

There are many ways to become a part of the Revels community – as an audience member, performer, chorus member or behind-the-scenes volunteer.

Link: http://www.revelshouston.org

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University of St. Thomas Filipino Student Association (FSA) Shopping Night - November 18, 2014

6pm - 8pm

This is a cultural club at UST: the Filipino Student Association. The purpose of this club is to help each other develop intellectually, socially, and culturally.

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Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church Shopping Night - November 20, 2014

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church from 6-8 p.m.

Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church’s  mission is to Know and to Share the Love of Jesus Christ, to all who feel joy and wish to celebrate;  to all who are weary and need rest;  to all who seek to discern God’s call for their lives;  to all who mourn and wish comfort; to all who pray and to all who sometimes struggle to pray; to all who are looking for a community of fellow pilgrims.

For more information on this organization: palmerchurch.org/

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Texas Nurses Association District 9 - December 2, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit TNA District 9 from 6-8 p.m. TNA District 9 supports nurses and professional nursing practice across eight Texas counties - Harris, Walker, Waller, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Trinity, Liberty and Fort Bend. The District endeavors to promote the professional development of nurses, to foster high standards of nursing practice, and to improve health care services for all people.

TNA District 9 sponsors many exciting programs that educate and recognize nurses. During our Nursing Celebration Gala each year, we honor twenty nurses for their professional contributions. Additionally, we present scholarships to nursing students and award research grants to nurses engaged in research important to nursing practice and patient well-being.

For more information on this organization: www.tnadistrict9.org

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Zonta Club of Houston Shopping Night - December 3, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit ZONTA CLUB OF HOUSTON (ZCH) from 6-8 p.m.


The Zonta Club of Houston (ZCH) is an organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through education, service, advocacy and fundraising on the local and international level.

Our members are among Zonta International's more than 30,000 members in over 1200 clubs worldwide located in 65 countries. ZI was founded in Buffalo, New York, USA, in 1919, by a woman entrepreneur who wanted to perform community service work at a time when Rotary did not allow women members ... and Zonta is proud to have had Amelia Earhart as a member.

Zonta International has Consultative Status with several United Nations Organizations including UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) and ILO (the International Labor Organization).

ZCH also has a 501c3 organization: the ZCH Educational and Charitable Fund (ZCHECF). The fund's primary purpose is to provide scholarships and fund service projects that advance the status of women in the greater Houston area as well as globally through contributions to the Zonta International Foundation.

The Zonta Club of Houston, working through the ZCHECF, supports Zonta International's service and scholarship programs as well as sponsoring its own programs locally. ZCHECF awards a scholarship annually for an outstanding local young woman involved in public affairs and attending secondary school (Young Woman in Public Affairs). They also award a scholarship to an outstanding young woman studying business at the university level (Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship).

The members of the ZCH perform hands-on service at several local agencies whose mission is to improve the education, health and/or economic status of women.


For more information on this organization: www.zontahouston.org

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Foundation Fighting Blindness Shopping Night - December 4, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit Foundation Fighting Blindness from 6-8 p.m.

The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

More than 10 million Americans of every age and race suffer vision loss from these blinding diseases. The Foundation has funded thousands of research studies at hundreds of prominent institutions worldwide. Currently, the Foundation funds 129 grants and 71 institutions. The Foundation funds leading-edge research in promising areas such as genetics, gene therapy, retinal cell transplantation, and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies. Since its inception on September 16, 1971, the Foundation has raised more than $450 million. The Foundation has 50 volunteer-led groups across the U.S. These dedicated volunteers raise funds, increase public awareness, and provide support to their communities. The Foundation provides information and outreach programs for patients, families and professionals.

For more information on this organization: www.blindness.org

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ProSalud Shopping Night - December 8, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit ProSalud from 6-8 p.m. The mission and purpose of ProSalud is to promote health awareness among Hispanic immigrants that lack access to adequate health care, and to empower them to take charge of their own health through education, prevention and access to local resources.

Link: http://www.prosaludhouston.org

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Amigos de las Américas Shopping Night - December 9, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) from 6-8 p.m.

Founded in 1965 in Houston, Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) is an international, non-profit organization that provides unparalleled leadership and community service opportunities for young people while concurrently contributing to the well-being of hundreds of communities throughout the Americas.

Supported by a strong network of Pan-American chapters, high school and college students from diverse backgrounds dignity, respect for differences, harmony, sensitivity and tolerance.

AMIGOS Volunteers immerse themselves in the lives of their host communities and truly experience collaborative development work. For more information on this organization: www.amigoslink.org/houston-chapter

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United Against Human Trafficking Shopping Night - December 10, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT) from 6-8 p.m.

UAHT exists to prevent and confront modern-day slavery by educating the public, training professionals and empowering the community to take action for the purpose of identifying, rescuing and restoring trafficking victims to freedom.

UAHT envisions individuals taking responsibility for the role they play in their own community, and mobilizes those individuals to work together to: identify the causes of human trafficking, recognize the evidence of the evil being done in their cities and counties, and free the victims of this social injustice.

UAHT Values: A commitment to leading the way as brokers of change in the anti-human trafficking movement. Collaborating with a diverse group of organizations in order to be more effective and build community capacity. The pioneering spirit, by developing ground-breaking, innovative means of tackling the issue of human trafficking. Human dignity and basic human rights for all individuals.

For more information on this organization: www.uaht.org/

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AFS Shopping Night - December 11, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit AFS from 6-8 p.m.

AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. AFS enables people to act as responsible global citizens working for peace and understanding in a diverse world. It acknowledges that peace is a dynamic concept threatened by injustice, inequity and intolerance. AFS seeks to affirm faith in the dignity and worth of every human being and of all nations and cultures. It encourages respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to race, sex, language, religion or social status. AFS activities are based on our core values of dignity, respect for differences, harmony, sensitivity and tolerance.

For more information on this organization: www.afs.org

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Brigid's Place Shopping Night - December 12, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit Brigid’s Place from 6-8 p.m.


Brigid's Place is dedicated to the process of spiritual transformation and the recognition of the divine presence within all creation. Our goal is to create opportunities for growth and integration through conversation, experience, hospitality, ritual, service and study. Brigid's Place is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, providing spiritual transformation and empowerment through programs, classes and workshops. Our home is at Christ Church Cathedral, but new programs and sites throughout Houston are added in response to demand. Brigid's Place is not a religious organization.

For more information on this organization: www.brigidsplace.org

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First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston Shopping Night - December 15, 2014

6:00-8:00 pm

We believe that spiritual understanding is a lifelong journey and we encourage our children, youth and adults to be curious and explore. Inspired by beauty, nature, science, great writers, religious texts, we gain insight from many sources. Believing in the inherent worth and dignity of each individual, we celebrate the individual's experience of spirituality. With a history of activism and social justice, we find ways to put our faith into action.

Unitarian Universalism is a faith that welcomes people of diverse ages, sexual orientation, gender identities, theologies, ethnic backgrounds and religious heritages.

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West U Rotary Club Shopping Night - December 18, 2014

6:00-8:00 pm

Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:

We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.

We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.

Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.

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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