Schools & Universities:
DePaul University Steans Center, Loyola University Chicago
Berry United Methodist Church, Catholic Relief Services, Episcopal Church of St Paul the Redeemer, Chicago Religious Leadership Network, Christ United Methodist Church, Countryside Church Social Action Committee, 8th Day Center for Justice, Emanuel Congregation, First Presbyterian Church of Elgin, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Immaculate Conception Church (Elmhurst), Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Lake Street Church, Lakeview Presbyterian Church, Office for Peace and Justice, Old St Patrick’s Church, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, St James Episcopal Church, St James Lutheran Church, Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation, University Church, Willow Creek Community Church – North Shore, Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (Grace Lutheran)
Aspire CoffeeWorks employs adults with disabilities who work side by side with employees on the Metropolis Coffee Company Team. Their productive and successful environment redefines what is possible for people with disabilities, and encourages and challenges kids, teens, and adults to live to their fullest ability. 100% of the proceeds of their hand-roasted, fair trade and organic certified coffees go towards programs and services for children and adults with disabilities at Aspire.
ASSIST, Aiding in Sustainable Solutions International Support Team, partners with low-income families and communities to preserve, enhance, grow, revitalize and sustain a quality way of life. They assist communities in need by providing access to quality medical care, renewable energy sources, clean water, food, education, and microfinance training. Thus, they become advocates for these indigenous families and communities through providing sustainable resources for their cultural growth, prosperity, and livelihood.
Bright Endeavors is a non-profit social enterprise of New Moms Inc, that instills confidence, professionalism, and responsibility into adolescent mothers. They provide intensive training and a pathway out of poverty for young mothers in Chicago as they transition into quality, permanent employment. Participants gain job skills as they produce premium soy candles and bath products.
The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a non-profit coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain. FTWA works together to build a more sustainable food system that respects workers’ rights, based on the principles of social, environmental, and racial justice, in which everyone has access to healthy and affordable food.
Categories: Food & Beverage
Friends of the Third World (FOTW) began in 1972, when a group of students and teachers in Fort Wayne, Indiana, formed a fundraising project to aid the hungry. FOTW currently operates job training programs at its Fort Wayne headquarters and markets handmade crafts from 80 partner groups in their fair trade shop. Since beginning to import Nicaraguan coffee in 1982, Friends roasts Fair Trade Coffee from 12 countries and distributes fair trade teas, chocolates, nuts, and more.
Change the world with your purchase. Greenheart Shop is Chicago’s premier eco-friendly and fair trade not-for-profit retail store. Greenheart believes that consumers have the power to affect positive change in the world by supporting sustainable and fair trade business practices. Shop sustainable jewelry, kitchen and home decor, gifts, and more.
The Light and Leadership Initiative’s mission is to respond to the needs of the women in the Ate-Vitarte district of Lima, Peru in their struggle out of poverty by improving the availability and quality of education offered to women and children. Through workshops and classes, women are empowered to better care for themselves and their families by improving both their physical and emotional well being, as well as advancing their skills in the workforce. Children are offered similar opportunities and learn the value of education and respect for one’s community. We believe the women and children of the Ate-Vitarte district will become positive leaders for change through love, support, and education.
MayaWorks is dedicated to creating work for women so they can financially support their families and become fully contributing members of their communities. Working with skilled artisans in Guatemala, they help women transform their skills into a means of financial support for their families by creating a market for the traditional arts of Maya artisans.
Oxfam America’s mission is to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice. It seeks to address the root causes of poverty, investigating the ways in which it can change the power dynamics that keep people poor. Their work falls into the following categories: First, assisting the poorest communities when disaster strikes and working to ensure greater local resilience and the capacity of local responders and governments to deliver disaster response; second, investing in programs to help people assert their rights so that they can improve their lives; third, campaigning for social justice; lastly, public education.
The Human Thread is a campaign to raise pubic consciousness and empower Catholics to advocate for the plight of garment workers worldwide. The campaign calls Catholics to pledge to utilize their powers of prayer, informed action, and humble advocacy to promote the wellbeing of garment workers. The movement was inspired by the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh.
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