If you are interested in long-term volunteer opportunities, we invite you to join one of Chicago Fair Trade’s committees! Our committees meet monthly or quarterly to help us with the following tasks:

Membership Committee:

The membership committee is committed to recruiting new business, institutional, and individual members. By engaging with the public at Chicago Fair Trade markets and events, they strive to welcome new members into the CFT community; by reaching out to local businesses and institutions, they communicate how CFT and the business and mutually benefit from membership; by connecting with congregations, they draw connections between fair trade and their faith to encourage membership. Furthermore, the membership committee has the opportunity to shape the community of members by reviewing applications from businesses and non-profits.

Communications Committee:

The communications committee is for those with a knack for writing and those with a large social media-following. The committee strives to increase awareness of fair trade through social media outlets, producing an annual newsletter, and crafting creative PR strategies. Members have the opportunity to serve as a guest-blogger, to spread the word of CFT events and opportunities as social media ambassadors, and to draft and edit the annual newsletter. This committee benefits from a diverse range of members, from students to business members to individual members, each with a unique perspective of their commitment to fair trade.

Read about communications committee member Anne Debertin’s experience on the committee here.

Special Events Committee:

The special events committee is equipped with the opportunity to bring together the CFT community of business, institutional, and individual members. The committee plans events and fundraisers and speaks on behalf of fair trade at festivals and events throughout the Chicago-area. Planning the annual GlobalFest fundraiser in the fall, the holiday pop-up shop, and the World Fair Trade Day festival are among the highlights of membership in this committee.

Speakers Bureau:

The speaker’s bureau exhibits a commitment to fair trade education and awareness by offering presentations to businesses, schools, civic organizations, and faith communities. Working with committee leaders and the CFT board of directors, they develop a coherent vision of the CFT message that they can eloquently offer to the public.

To learn more or join one of these committees, contact Katherine Bissell Cordova here.


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