In November of each year, the Church holds an alternative market. On two consecutive Sundays, handicrafts, food, apparel, greeting cards, and other gift items from these organizations are on sale. By purchasing these items, parishioners can do Christmas shopping and contribute to the work of these organizations at the same time. Links are provided below to online stores that many of the groups offer for convenient shopping at any time.
- Arkansas Rice Depot
Nearly one out of every six Arkansans lives in poverty. According to 2005 census data, some 164,510 children and 99,096 senior citizens were among the more than 400,000 impoverished residents. No area of the state is without need as poverty and hunger is a problem throughout all 75 counties. The Arkansas Rice Depot reaches out to those Arkansans in need through a variety of programs including Food For Kids,Food for Families, Food For Seniors & Disaster Relief.Shop at the Arkansas Rice Depot.
- Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity–Washington County, ArkansasHabitat for Humanity International was formed in 1976 by as an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. It is Habitat’s vision that every human being has a right to a “decent house in a decent community” and that we are here to give a “hand-up” not a “hand-out” to the disadvantaged by providing decent places for them to live.
Order apparel and gift items from Habitat Store.
- Heifer International
Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth by giving giving families a source of food, animals, rather than short-term relief. As people share their animals’ offspring with others, along with their knowledge, resources, and skills, an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.More information is here and here …
- Presbyterian Coffee Project
The Presbyterian Coffee Project is part of Enough for Everyone, a joint effort of the Presbyterian Hunger Program, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, Women’s Ministries, Social Justice, Environmental Justice Office, Stewardship Education, Self-Development of People, and Presbyterian Women. Enough for Everyone is a partnership ministry of the General Assembly Mission Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).More about fair trade …
Order from the Presbyterian Coffee Project.
- SERRV International: A Greater Gift
SERRV is a nonprofit fair trade and development organization. Our mission is to eradicate poverty wherever it resides. SERRV works with thousands of small-scale artisans and farmers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and other developing regions of the world by marketing their handcrafts and foods. Through our work with 75 community-based organizations in 36 countries, we create economic opportunity so these artisans and farmers can support their families and themselves. In addition to purchasing and marketing products, we work with our partners to give them tools to work their way out of poverty, including product design, training, information and technical assistance.More information is here and here …
- Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. This income artisans earn helps pay for food, education, health care and housing. Started as a nonprofit Mennonite program, today’s Ten Thousand Villages is one of the oldest and largest fair trade organizations in the world.More information …
Fayetteville, AR: Mount Sequoyah Gift Center, 150 NW Skyline Drive, 479.251.7754
Shop online for gifts made by artisans.
- Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN)
The Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua (WCCN) partners with individuals and organizations in Latin America and the U.S. to build sustainable economic opportunities that help people work their way out of poverty. Utilizing the powerful tool of microcredit, WCCN provides low-income Latin American entrepreneurs and small farmers access to financing so they can grow their operations and work their way out of poverty. WCCN also promotes fair trade coffee and tea from WCCN partner Just Coffee, women’s empowerment and housing rights initiatives and fosters greater understanding, goodwill, and peace through people-to-people exchanges.More information …
Order fair-trade coffee.
- Zuni Presbyterian Homes/Zuni Peanut Sheltered Workshop
Zuni Presbyterian Homes is a residential community providing nurture, healing, and encouragement. Many lives are transformed daily, giving hope and restoring dignity to adults with developmental disabilities who might otherwise be homeless or hopeless. The Zuni Peanut Sheltered Workshop promotes independence and self-reliance while providing employment to the residents. Under close supervision, the adults master skills that they have never imagined before including the meaningful work of cooking, weighing, and packaging delicious peanuts. Their labor of love produces some of the finest gourmet nut products available anywhere in the world.More information …
Order Zuni nut products.