Did you know?
Participants and sponsors of the Wayne County Alternative Gift Fair have contributed nearly $200,000 to area organizations over the past 8 years! Help us spread the word! Print out Alternative Gift Fair posters to put in your window or email it to friends and family. Let them know that you don’t need another tie for Christmas…you want a meaningful donation to be made your favorite cause in your honor!
2013 Alternative Gift Fair
The Fair is organized by a group of local women in an effort to make gift giving more sustainable and meaningful for their community! This website is hosted by Cope Environmental Center, the AGF fiscal sponsor. The Alternative Gift Fair is NOT a project of Cope Environmental Center, but the Center is very proud to be a small part of this effort!
December 7th, 12-3pm
Can’t make it to the Fair this year? No worries! Join us for the pre-sale!
Just turn in your list and pick up the wrapped certificates later.
December 3rd, 5-7pm
December 5th, 5-7pm
Sponsors & Matching Organizations
Each year, participants in the Fair are given the opportunity to stretch their contribution even further through matching gifts! We are so pleased to have the following organizations participating in this meaningful way. If you are interested on participating as a matching organization (at any level!), please contact Alison Zajdel at 765-855-3188.
Gift Fair Info
It’s a chance for your holiday shopping to build a better community! Find the perfect gift for anyone on your list at the 8th Annual Alternative Gift Fair. Isn’t it about time you enjoyed a relaxing, rejuvenating, and joyful shopping experience? Instead of browsing shelves, shoppers will browse through tables of charities. Each table will be staffed with a knowledgeable volunteer or staff member waiting to answer questions about missions, programs, or participants. Purchase outdoor experiences for area classrooms, art supplies for after-school programs or food for needy animals. It’s a great way to tailor your gift to your loved one’s favorite cause!
The Fair will include:
- A great variety of organizations- perfect for everyone on your list (see list below)
- Calligraphers to put the finishing touches on your “gift card”
- Gifts prepared in boxes and bows (or mail-ready envelopes) while you wait
- Sustainable ideas for the holidays and beyond
- Free child care for shoppers
- Free chair massages to relax and rejuvenate
- Great live holiday music
- Refreshments for everyone!
Gifts come complete with certificate of donation, information about the selected organization, reusable box, and ribbon. Best of all, you’ll be doing more than finishing your list…you’ll be contributing to the health and success of our community.
2013 Participating Organization
Birth to Five
Community Food Pantry
Cope Environmental Center
Friends of MRL
Hand in Hand Adult Day Care
Richmond Community Orchestra
Richmond Friends School
Sprout of Control
Stage One Theatre
Whitewater Valley Land Trust
The Alternative Gift Fair is not organized by any one organization, but instead, by a group of community women who believe in philanthropy and sustainable giving! Special thanks to the committee for their work!
If you need to get in touch with a committee member, please use the links above. If you need to reach someone by phone, please call 765-993-0381 (Jen).