I first started volunteering with Global Gallery over 4 years ago. The fist time I set foot into the door, I grabbed a volunteer application. The store had a "spirit" that moved me. The staff was friendly, I loved the art pieces, and I felt truly the organization was inviting me to be a part of it. So, I joined and have been with Global Gallery ever since. This organization is special in the community, not only with its mission, but with the experience it can provide for others. It has given me a purpose in this city and in my life.
Global Gallery is filled with incredible, handcrafted items from over 40 countries. From jewelry to home decor and fine art, the pieces are one-of-a-kind and well-priced. As a Fair Trade organization that is mostly volunteer run, Global Gallery makes sure that the artists (mostly women in the developing world) are paid fairly and that items are environmentally-friendly. Global Gallery also educates patrons about various arts traditions and cultures through a number of free educational programs. I learn something new, find something beautiful, and feel more connected to people throughout the world during every visit.
Global Gallery does amazing work in the arts, from hands-on crafting workshops to cultural presentations of music and dance to daily guided experiences in its locations. I love the community spirit and building efforts Global Gallery provides and am proud to be a part of the organization!