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Shop for a difference: Ann Arbor fair trade retailer holds benefit series for local nonprofits

Ten Thousand Villages partners with local organizations for holiday fundraiser

Holiday items on display at Ten Thousand Villages (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)
Holiday items on display at Ten Thousand Villages (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

ANN ARBOR – Want to make an impact with your holiday shopping right here in the Ann Arbor area?

Ten Thousand Villages is hosting a Community Shopping Benefit now through Dec. 7 in partnership with local nonprofits.

A nonprofit itself, Ten Thousand Villages sells handmade, fair-trade products from artisans around the world, benefiting the lives of the artists and their families. 

“This collaborative effort provides customers the opportunity to double the impact of their holiday shopping by supporting the talents of disadvantaged artisans around the world, and by donating to programs that fill an important need in the local community,” store manager Cathy Marks said in a statement.

Participating organizations include:

  • The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan
  • The Breakfast at Saint Andrew’s 
  • Dawn Farm National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washtenaw County   
  • SafeHouse Center  
  • Leslie Science & Nature Center
  • Diuble Family Vision
  • Help for African Communities 
  • Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels
  • Michigan Abolitionist Project (MAP)
  • International Samaritan
  • Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Shelter Association of Washtenaw County


Now through Dec. 7, customers are welcome to name the participating nonprofit they would like to support at check out, and 15 percent of the proceeds from their purchase will be donated to that organization.
About Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit, fair trade retailer with more than 87 stores in North America. All products sold at Ten Thousand Villages are fairly traded, a system that offers artisans a fair living wage for their work. Each purchase provides income for skilled artisans and their communities in Latin America, Africa, Middle East, and Asia. Ten Thousand Villages serves as a leader in the fair-trade movement and has done so for over seventy years. The local Ann Arbor store on 303 S. Main Street, is celebrating more than 14 years of providing fair trade products to the community. 

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