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Human Services Students to Host Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host a fair-trade sale Nov. 14-16 in the Bush Campus Center. The annual sale helps working poor in other countries.

Facilitated by students enrolled in the course Community and Organizational Change, the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale will feature handcrafted goods. Items include sustainable jewelry, ornaments, baskets, candleholders, soaps, musical instruments, wood and stone statuary, and other home-décor items from around the world.

Ten Thousand Villages is one of the world’s oldest fair-trade organizations. The nonprofit group works with more than 100 artisan groups in more than 30 countries. Fair trade enables the artisans to earn a fair wage and provides the opportunity for a higher quality of life.

In addition to organizing a sale on campus, the class spent a day of their semester break volunteering in a Ten Thousand Villages warehouse, where they helped to pack items for shipping, and visiting one of the organization’s stores in Lancaster County. The company’s warehouses and stores are staffed mainly by volunteers, so that more proceeds can be returned to the crafters.

The public is invited to campus to participate in the joint Ten Thousand Villages and Gifts That Give Hope sales. Hours are 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

For more information about Ten Thousand Villages, visit the organization’s website.

To learn more about human services majors and other academic programs in the School of Integrated Studies at Penn College, call 570-327-4520.

For more about the college, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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