Happy Anniversary Fair Trade Pioneer!

Tonight CRS Fair Trade will be joining in the 60th anniversary celebration of our long-time crafts partner SERRV. From a small group of church relief workers helping refugees rebuild after World War II, SERRV has grown into a $9.5 million fair trade network connecting thousands of artisans in developing countries. Since 1995 SERRV, through the Work of Human Hands program, has helped tens of thousands of Catholics in the United States participate in Fair Trade through community sales and catalog purchases. SERRV is also currently working with partners of CRS Madagascar to help improverished artisans earn fair income. The anniversary party tonight will be at SERRV’s historical headquarters and warehouse in New Windsor, Maryland. CRS staff, including Executive Vice President Joan Rosenhauer, will turn out to cheer the staff and volunteers of this influential Fair Trade leader. We also will express our deep gratitude for the years of partnership based on dialogue, transparency, and respect.

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