Local Community, Global Impact
Welcome and thank you for your interest in volunteering! One World Market is Durham's only nonprofit, primarily volunteer-staffed fair trade store. Sourcing handmade goods from over 70 countries around the globe, our goal is to help alleviate poverty and preserve traditional art forms for artisans in the developing world while promoting conscious buying choices for our local community. Some of our volunteers have been with our organization since it began in 1992!

As a One World Market volunteer, you share our passion for social justice. You are at least 15 years old and available to volunteer for 4-8 hours each month (two to four 2-hour shifts). Schedules are flexible and increased hours are available during our peak holiday season. Due to the resources required for training new volunteers, we ask that you are able to commit to at least 6 months of service -- unfortunately, we are unable to take on volunteers just for the summer.

Our volunteers support our small staff by helping with customer service on the sales floor, bagging & gift-wrapping purchases, checking in & tagging orders, keeping the store clean & organized, and promoting fair trade via events & social media. After 6 months of volunteering, you will be given the opportunity to be trained on our cash register if ringing up customers is something you are interested in doing (this is optional and not required). We look forward to matching your interests with our fair trade mission!

Please complete and submit this form, and our Volunteer Coordinator, Amy, will follow up with you about your volunteer interest!

Volunteer Interest Form
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Due to the intensity of our peak holiday season, we only train new volunteers January - September. If your form is submitted after September, you will be contacted for training in the new year.
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Our volunteer schedule is created monthly. Texts may be sent then to check on your availability for the next month.
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How did you hear about volunteering at One World Market?
We'd love to know how you found us! If you were referred by an OWM staffer or volunteer, please include their name.
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Please tell us a little about why you want to be a One World Market volunteer? *
Do you have a personal connection to fair trade or One World? Have you traveled to other countries? Are you fulfilling a volunteer requirement for a program or project? We are interested in your inspiration for volunteering so we can match your interests with our opportunities!
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Tell us about any prior volunteer experience you have: *
Previous volunteer experience is helpful but not required.
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Availability
One World Market is open 7 days a week, Mon-Sat (10a-6p) and Sun (12-5p). You may volunteer during a regular 2-hour shift each week/every other week, or you may request 2-hour shifts convenient for your schedule a few times each month. During December, we have extended store hours and more available shifts. Please indicate your top 3 shift preferences including the day of the week and the 2-hour time slot that you would prefer that day (e.g. Monday 11a-1p, Friday 2-4p and Sunday 12-2p).
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Anything else you want to tell us about your availability?
Here you can let us know if you're going to be away for any extended periods of time this year, if you're a student who will no longer be volunteering once you graduate, or if you have a job or other activity that limits your schedule to certain times.
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REFERENCES
We will contact your references by email to ask a few brief questions about your potential to volunteer with One World Market. References will be checked prior to scheduling you for your first volunteer shift. We will ask your references to respond to our questions within one week.
Professional Reference
Please provide info for someone who has worked with you in some organizational capacity (that can be a workplace, volunteer, academic, faith-based, or other setting).
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Personal Reference:
Please provide info for someone who has known you personally for at least one year.
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NEXT STEPS
We will review your application and be in touch! The next step for new volunteers is to attend two training sessions. The first session is an hour-long orientation + store tour. During orientation, we will give you an overview of the history of our organization, fair trade, and artisan projects, and there will also be plenty of time to ask any questions you may have. The second session is a two-hour follow-up training that will be scheduled with you individually at your convenience. During this training, we will cover more in-depth logistical info such as gift-wrapping, price-tagging, and customer service. Afterwards, you will be ready to begin regular volunteer shifts!

We know that volunteers have a wide variety of talents, passions, and reasons for volunteering. Therefore, while our greatest needs are for help processing orders and/or on the sales floor, we also do our best to accommodate volunteers' unique skills and interests. We look forward to learning more about you, and we hope the One World Market volunteer experience is a mutually rewarding match!

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