Ten Thousand Villages- Seattle is a non-profit fair trade retailer that depends on our volunteers to support and maintain the store! Our volunteers run the register, educate customers in regards to our product and fair trade, adjust merchandise displays, and help with offsite events as well as fundraisers.
We are a fair trade store, which means that every product was made by an artisan that was paid fair wages for their work. We have products from over 40 countries. Our store is run almost entirely by volunteers, which allows us to purchase more products to help support the artisans. When you are welcomed into Ten Thousand Villages, each product has a story rooted by where it originated and who crafted the item.
So what does Ten Thousand Villages mean? The name stems from the idea that each community in the world represents a unique, distinctive group of people. Multiply that idea by ten thousand and it represents the large, diverse community that comprises Ten Thousand Villages.
Our vision is for one day, all artisans in the developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and respect and be able to live a life of quality. At Ten Thousand Villages- Seattle, we strive to maintain opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stores to our market and other Ten Thousand Villages stores through long-term, fair trading relationships.
Shifts are from 12pm- 8pm daily, an ideal shift lasts 4 hours two times a month or more if you prefer. Before you start volunteering for Ten Thousand Villages- Seattle, please attend one of our orientations which occur every week, 6pm on Wednesday evenings. To sign up for a Volunteer Orientation, please contact Adrienne volunteers.seattle
We would be delighted for you to become apart of the Ten Thousand Villages- Seattle team.