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Westminster’s Alternative Gift Market to advocate for international causes

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Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Westminster College’s Civic Engagement, Global Engagement and Sustainability Fellows and Activists will bring an Alternative Gift Market to campus from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the second and third floor hallways of the McKelvey Campus Center.

The Civic and Global Engagement Fellows will present their research on, and advocacy for, a variety of global nonprofit organizations that work to promote social causes throughout the world. The Sustainability Fellows will present their research on regional environmental causes, while also advocating for them.

Such causes that will be addressed throughout the market include protecting timber elephants, promoting maternal health in Guatemala, advancing female entrepreneurship in Liberia, ending sex trafficking, supporting microloans, saving sea turtles and providing Haitian birth kits, among others. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s work for clean water and wildlife preservation will also be recognized.

At the market, shoppers can make donations that support these social and environmental causes around the globe and in the region. In the season of giving, donations will make a tangible difference in the life of fellow citizens.

The market is open to the public. Payments will be accepted for support of market causes during the event.

For more information, contact Kristin Park, professor of sociology, at or 724-946-7251.