Ten Thousand Villages of Central PA, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to open a Ten Thousand Villages store in the State College area. We are in the fund raising and planning stages (searching for a store location).

For over twenty years, University Mennonite Church has held annual Ten Thousand Villages sales, and based on their popularity and success, we believe the State College community offers an exceptional market that would support a permanent Ten Thousand Villages store.

A permanent store in State College would expand the market for Ten Thousand Villages products throughout the Centre Region. This market expansion will promote social justice by creating opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn a living wage through long-term, fair trading relationships.

As we develop our plans, we envision involving and being supported by a broad base of individuals, faith, and civic groups across the State College community and beyond.

View our IRS 501(3)(c) determination letter, PA Charitable Organization registration and financial statements on the Seed Fund page.

Join our mailing list to keep informed.

Baskets with textilesBoard of Directors and Officers

Linnet Brooks, linnetjbrooks@gmail.com

Kris Charles, secretary, 2kkc@comcast.net

Carol Cissel, revctcuu@gmail.com

Alycia DeMayo, alyciawbailey@yahoo.com

Mary Dickson, mary.dickson@aol.com

Jean Landis, board vice chair, jmlandis2000@yahoo.com

Lindsey Markelz, lindseymarkelz@gmail.com

Deb Smith, debsmith16823@gmail.com

Joel Weidner, board chair, treasurer, joelpsu82@outlook.com

Committee Structure

We’ve formed four committees focus on work of opening a store:

Marketing, Communications, and Fund Raising

Business Plan Development

Volunteer Coordination

Store Location  Search

We are looking for more individuals to join us on the board or on any of the committees. If you’re interested send an email to Joel at joelpsu82@outlook.com

Join us! Get involved now!