Sociology students join Rockford Fair Trade group to raise funds for social justice initiatives

Just GoodsNow that you survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s time to shop Fair Trade Wednesday and Thursday.

The Sociology Student Organization is hosting its annual Fair Trade Gift Sale in partnership with Just Goods from Rockford. A portion of the proceeds supports the Department of Sociology’s Alternative Spring Break Habitat for Humanity trip.

This year’s sale will again take place on the NIU campus in Reavis Hall Room 211 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, and Thursday, Dec. 6.

Shoppers can select from a wide array of gift items, including jewelry, coffees and chocolates, holiday decorations, clothing, and much more. Merchandise is priced for any budget.

The Just Goods Fair Trade Rockford website defines Fair Trade as an equitable and fair partnership between global marketers and producers in Asia, Africa, Latin America and other parts of the world. A fair trade partnership works to provide low income artisans and farmers with a living wage for their work. Fair trade is a socially conscious way to shop and make a difference in people’s lives.

Banner: FAIRTRADE guarantees a better deal for Third World ProducersJust Goods is a fair trade store dedicated to foreign and domestic fair trade.

Eighty to 90 percent of the store merchandise is supplied in partnership with cooperatives and family groups in developing countries.

The other 10 to 20 percent of the merchandise is supplied by cooperative groups or organizations in the United States that provide opportunities to minorities and the underprivileged, including women’s empowerment programs and a program that supports small farms in danger from corporate farming.

NIU’s Department of Sociology will use its portion of the Fair Trade Gift Sale proceeds to help offset the travel costs for this year’s 19th annual spring break service trip where NIU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends will be volunteering to complete the construction of two Habitat homes.

Last year’s sale resulted in $500 being donated toward the cost of the trip. This year, organizers are hoping to raise even more money to help more students spend their spring break making a difference in the lives of first-time homeowners through the Habitat for Humanity program.

The sale is a great opportunity for shoppers to support community-building initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. For more information on the types of gifts that will be available, visit the Just Goods Store Browser. Updates on the Fair Trade Gift Sale are available online.

For more information, call (815) 753-6440 or email jackking@niu.edu.

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