I have been a volunteer with several organizations. Nowadays I do most of my volunteering for the DC chapter of the Sierra Club The following are some other organisations whose work I admire and like to work with:
Fair Trade Shopping
By purchasing items directly from the artist/worker you are providing an opportunity for them to sustain themselves in a dignified, equitable manner.
The Fair Trade Federation has a list of both retail and on-line stores.
Mercado Global was founded by two young American women after a trip to Guatemala. They recently topped a Newsweek list of people who have done great service to humanity.
Tilonia.com is a web-site inspired by students at the barefoot college in Rajasthan that sells fair-trade goods from people in that area.
The Charity USA web-site has a list of fair-trade shops as well as web-sites that donate part of their proceeds to specific causes.
The Ultimate Green Shopping Guide has resources to help you shop for products that are produced in a sustainable way.
If you are not satisfied with these web-sites then just
google "fair trade shopping"!
Updated 8/23/10 ; Checked 5/7/2015