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What I added to the fall schedule

I decided a few months ago that I should find some place that needed someone like me to help them get something done.

In other words, I decided to look for a volunteer position in my community so that I could give something back to my uh, world.

I found Ten Thousand Villages.

Why here? Well, I liked their vision:

"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."

I also liked what I read on their web page…

"Men and women around the world have a simple dream – to earn an honest living, provide a home, food and education for their children, and to be gainfully employed in a job that brings dignity and joy. Ten Thousand Villages partners with thousands of talented artisans in a healthy business relationship.

Often referred to as ‘Fair Trade,' our philosophy of helping to build a sustainable future is based on the principle that trade should have a conscience. Through ‘fair trade,’ artisans receive respect, dignity and hope from working hard and earning fair value for their work."

I've been told that 70% of the people we help are women from developing countries. With the help of Ten Thousand Villages these women can now support their families and give their children a better future.

It's a good thing and it's only four hours a week of my time.

I'm just a tiny cog but hey, it's a start.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

8 thoughts on “What I added to the fall schedule

  1. Look at you, all dogooding and everything. Seriously, I don’t know where you find the time. Between the kids, school and blogging, how do you find time to add something more?

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  2. Good for you! I’ve been thinking of going back to some volunteer work myself but still can’t decide where and how. Looking forward to read about your experiences though 🙂

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  3. Good for you! When I was a kid all the moms volunteered, of course most of them were at home with the kids so when the kids went to school moms had a bit more free time than they do today. I’ve often wondered how the immigrants who come her make it with often no family to lean on for support. You have answered my question.

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  4. That is very cool of you!! I couldn’t agree more with what it said about “Men and women around the world have a simple dream – to earn an honest living, provide a home, food and education for their children, and to be gainfully employed in a job that brings dignity and joy.”

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