Fair Trade Store
Sponsored by our Young Friends and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Coffee Project, our Fair Trade Store is a collaboration between Equal Exchange and AFSC to involve more Friends in supporting small farmers around the world.
For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods that Friends purchase through the AFSC Coffee Project, 20 cents per pound goes to the AFSC's Small Farmer Fund. That amounted to $1,442.02 in 2014 alone!
Equal Exchange is a fair trade organization that buys directly from small-scale farmer cooperatives, owned and run by the farmers themselves. Because these farmer partners are paid above market prices for their crops, they are able to make investments in community projects, educational programs, and technical training. These cooperative organizations also help keep rural communities healthy and strong, and keep local cultures vibrant. Equal Exchange is also committed to supporting sustainable farming methods that help green the earth through reforestation, natural resource conservation, and organic practices.
Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker cooperatives and fair trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.
AFSC is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, they nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.
Our Fair Trade store is located in our Fireside Room.
Stamps for Quaker Organizations
A committee of First Friends Indianapolis sells stamps to stamp dealers and gives 100% of the proceeds to Quaker organizations. This stamp-saving project has provided more than $50,000 to Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR) and other Quaker organizations.
Dealers pay bonus prices for domestic and foreign cancelled stamps; domestic envelopes with the stamp attached in its original condition prior to 1970; foreign envelopes with the stamp attached in original condition with current or old postmarks; picture postcards with the stamp attached; unused postcards; U.S. Mint sheet stamps; and stamp collections.
To save a stamp, cut it from the envelope, leaving ¼″ space around the stamp. You can put your stamps in the manila envelope on the bulletin board next to the library or in the Peace and Social Concerns mailbox in the library.
Box Tops and Labels for Education
The Peace & Social Concerns Committee sends the labels found on various General Mills products to Quaker Missions West to benefit Whittier Friends School in California, which teaches kindergarten through 8th grade and provides a year-round preschool for children ages 2–6. The school's mission is to provide a quality education for those children who can benefit from and contribute to a program committed to Friends' philosophy, principles and values. Ten thousand box tops will pay the tuition of a new student for a year. You can put these items in the envelope on the bulletin board next to the library or in the Peace and Social Concerns mailbox in the library.
Likewise, the labels found on Campbell's soup and other CSC brands (such as Pace, Prego, Pop Secret, and BIC are collected for the MOWA Choctaw Friends Center in Alabama. This organization offers an after-school program for youngsters in kindergarten through the fifth grade; weekly youth groups; weekly rummage sales; monthly community potluck meals; an emergency assistance and food pantry; Summer SOUL Program (Serving Others, Unleashing Love); work projects in the community and at the Center; and other community activities.
Kroger Community Rewards Program
Kroger pays up to $1,250,000 on a quarterly basis to participating organizations based on their percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending of all participating Kroger Community Rewards Organizations. To support Cincinnati Friends Meeting through your Kroger purchases, go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and choose Cincinnati Monthly Meeting/Religious Society of Friends, number 81305. Once a household member enrolls their card, all linked Kroger Plus Cards within that household begin earning rewards. The Peace and Social Concerns Committee contributes funds dispersed from Kroger to the local organizations supported by the Meeting. Every time a member, attender, family, family friend, or neighbor of our Meeting shops at Kroger and uses their Kroger Plus Card, we earn rewards.