The Wichita Alternative Gift Market is completely powered by volunteers. Local groups such as congregations, Girl Scout troops, civic organizations, student groups, and families – to name just a few – join with the Wichita Alternative Gift Market team to put on a special and spectacular shopping event every year.
Thanks again to our partners for the 2019 market — because of their generosity, all AGI projects were adopted! (Fingers crossed that we can do the same in 2020!)
- Calvary UMC
- Church Women United
- East H.S. AVID & National Honor Society
- First Presbyterian Women
- First Unitarian Universalists
- Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
- Grace Presbyterian
- Hess Family
- Hillside CC
- Lorraine Avenue MC
- Marshall M.S. AVID
- NAMI Wichita
- North Heights CC
- Pilgrim & Fairmount UCC
- Pine Valley CC
- Praise Chapel Wichita South
- Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Kansas
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- St. James Episcopal
- St. Stephens Episcopal
- The Dock CC
- Trinity Presbyterian
- WSU Alumnae My-Trinh Nguyen & Jennifer Tran
Each group chooses one of 30 causes from the Alternative Gifts International (AGI) catalog to sponsor at the market. We ask for a $50 donation (per project) to cover costs such as paid advertising for the market. Once you pick your cause, you will receive an information packet created by Alternative Gifts International specifically for that cause. The packet has everything you need to learn about the cause – how it came to be, how it is funded, who does it help, etc. Once you learn a little more about the cause, get your group together to create a table display to educate shoppers about your cause, and ornaments that can be given by shoppers to gift recipients as a token of the gift.
On market day (the second Saturday of November – EVERY year) – bring your display, your ornaments (about 125 of them), and your enthusiasm to the market. Engage shoppers about the cause you’re sponsoring. Do a little shopping of your own. When it is all over, relax and enjoy the feeling of having done something real to help someone else.
It really is simple.
If you, your family, your scout troop, your coworkers, your congregation, or your neighborhood group is interested in sponsoring a cause for a future market, let us know below.