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
Amanda Haggerty, Rhonda Huser, Lynette McGowan, Martha Shepard, Jan Findlater, Sarah Gorin, Nicole Duggan, Erin Ricci, Ruth Widrick
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!
Kathleen Eddy began as a volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in spring 2013, becoming a Weekend Supervisor in the summer of 2015. Her introduction to fair trade began as an undergraduate student at Michigan State, when she traveled to Kenya, visiting the Bombolulu workshops in Mombasa. Fair trade is important to Kathleen, as it empowers communities and villages all over the world. When not at Ten Thousand Villages, Kathleen, a graduate student at Colorado State, studies reproductive physiology and fertility control in street dogs.
Allie began her role as Visual Merchandiser and Volunteer Supervisor at Ten Thousand Villages during the summer of 2018 after graduating with her Masters in Fine Art and moving to Fort Collins. Her introduction to Ten Thousand Villages occurred when she was visiting the area and stumbled upon the shop. She was immediately attracted to the handmade goods with vibrant color palettes and lively patterns. As an artist, she knows the importance of promoting and paying artisans a fair living wage for their work. Allie feels by working for Ten Thousand Villages she is making a difference by empowering those artists in developing countries. You can find Allie hitting the slopes on her snowboard, gardening and painting in her backyard studio when she’s not at Ten Thousand Villages.
Mona began working at Ten Thousand Villages in 2016 when she moved to Fort Collins after college. Since then, she has been working as a Supervisor and recently took on managing the social media accounts for the store. Mona feels strongly about the principles of fair trade and believes in working toward a world where everyone’s basic needs can be met. When she’s not at Ten Thousand Villages, Mona is a graduate student at CSU and enjoys reading, playing the violin and doing yoga in her free time.
I first came to Ten Thousand Villages as a volunteer in 2011. It was important to me to be involved with a company that is dedicated to Fair Trade and the ethical treatment of artists and the environment around the world. After taking a couple years off due to family commitments, I was so happy to be able to come back as a permanent staff member in 2016. I love the people I work with, our little Fair Trade shop and the people who visit our store every day in support of our mission! I have lived happily in Fort Collins for over 30 years with my husband and two children. I feel fortunate to be part of such a vibrant and progressive community and to contribute in a small way to what makes it a special place!
* 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 email@example.com
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!