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.
During the pandemic, our Alterative Market looks a little different. We cannot gather together to shop as we once did, but links are provided below to online stores that many of the groups offer for convenient shopping at any time.
- Ferncliff – The Ferncliff Alternative Gift Catalog is filled with a variety of options to choose from to satisfy the interests of all ages. Ferncliff’s Alternative Gift Catalog highlights some of Ferncliff’s greatest needs this holiday season. You can support Ferncliff and give a gift that keeps on giving
- Habitat for Humanity International
- Habitat for Humanity–Washington County, Arkansas Habitat 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.
- By using AmazonSmile while you do your holiday shopping, you can choose Habitat for Humanity of Washington County as your charity of choice! A percentage of your purchase goes directly to us to provide affordable housing right here in our community. You can share with friends, and even add it to your home page to ensure your #giving every time you shop! To get started, visit smile.amazon.com sign in and choose Habitat for Humanity of Washington County and start shopping today!
- Heifer International
Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth by 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
- Give a gift of animals to help families become self-reliant.
- 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.).
- Order from the Presbyterian Coffee Project.
- Presbyterian Giving Catalog – Alone, none of us can mend what is broken. But stitched together, our small gifts make BIG things happen. Donate gifts through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog now through Nov. 30, 2021, Giving Tuesday, an annual global generosity movement that unites the power of people and organizations to help transform their communities, and the world.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Or donate to these organization:
- New Beginnings -The facilities are composed of twenty individual cabins and one communal “community center” containing a commercial kitchen, shower house, laundry service, and meeting space. A fenced perimeter, 24-hour security system, and on-duty overnight personnel ensure the community is safe. A participatory management model engages program participants in the governance of the community and the care of the facilities.The program is single-mindedly focused on equipping participants to acquire housing. Staff members are experts on local housing resources and facilitate daily workshops on re-housing opportunities. Case Managers develop a personal housing plan with each participant and provide one on one assistance to accomplish housing-focused tasks. The program offers financial assistance to overcome common housing barriers and temporary housing stability support when an individual obtains a new home. Participants are required to actively work on their re-housing goals in order to remain in the program.
- Vera Lloyd – The organization provides the only Presbyterian children and family residential homes in Arkansas and northern Louisiana. We are accredited through the Council on Accreditation and maintains a commitment to excellence through its Continuous Quality Improvement Program. We are one of the first childcare facilities in the state to use the Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development Trust-based Relational Intervention model of care, which incorporates recent neuroscience research to help children heal from trauma.