Houston, TX

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

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We will be closed on July 4, 2015 so staff and volunteers can share the day with family and friends.
Thank you. Please come again.

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

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Congratulations to the volunteers of Ten Thousand Villages Houston, WINNERS of the 2015 Greater Houston Service Awards in the group category!


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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!

We are looking for Volunteer Sales Associates to join our award-winning team. Volunteers are asked to work at least two 4-hour shifts per month, and commit to at least a year volunteering with us. Schedules are flexible, but we are currently seeking people who can work in the afternoons--2:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

The Sales Associate is responsible for generating sales and building customer relationships in our retail store. The associate will also be responsible for maintaining the visual and housekeeping standards of the store. This will include the receiving of merchandise and presentation to the selling floor.

Qualifications:
Prior experience in retail sales is preferred, but not required.
Must have a positive and friendly personality.
Must be willing to take the first step to initiate contact with the customers and identify their shopping needs.
Must be reliable and responsive, signing up for shifts well in advance and arriving promptly each time.
Age 15 or older.
Basic computer skills.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

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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Store Hours

We will be closed on July 4, 2015 so staff and volunteers can share the day with family and friends.
Thank you. Please come again.

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