Berea Alternative Christmas Market 2017

Christmas With A Conscience!

Giving a gift to a local, national, or international charity is wonderful way to celebrate the people you love. Your gift will always fit, be the right color, and never has to be dusted! Agencies doing critical work depend on our generosity and the Berea Alternative Christmas Market is a wonderful way to help them while celebrating the special people on your gift list.

Giving Fair, Nov. 28, 3-7pm! Acton Folk Center in Berea!

On November 28 representatives of over 2 dozen local, national, and international charities will gather at the Acton Folk Center from 3pm-7pm. You can learn about their work then make donations to multiple organizations with one convenient tax-exempt payment!

This Year, Give Online, Too!!

Can’t make it out that day? No worries! This year you can use your checking account, debit or credit card to give online. Just click the “Give a Gift” Button anywhere on the page to securely enter your choices, amounts, and payment information! You can learn more about your favorite charities in the list below!

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Learn More About Participating Charities:

Adventist Development Relief Agency

ADRA works in more than 130 countries to bring long-term development programs and immediate emergency response to communities through a network of global offices.

American Friends Service Committee

AFSC is a Quaker organization with 100 years of experience developing peace in communities in the U.S. and in 54 locations around the globe. This year we are focusing on “Sanctuary Everywhere.” Your tax-deductible gift will help fund our important work to bring about peace, justice, and human dignity worldwide.

Berea Faith Community Outreach

BFCO works for social justice in our community through direct service, education, and advocacy, striving to assure everyone’s access to basic goods and services. The Berea Food Bank,  and Berean’s United for Utility and Rent Relief (BUURR) are just two of our important programs that support neighbors in need. 

Berea Farmer’s Market

The Berea Farmers’ Market is a year-round market that provides you with seasonal, fresh and local fruits, veggies, plants, honey, eggs, poultry, meat and more! We are a “growers only” market, which means if a farmer sells it, he or she raised it! You will also be able to find prepared food like bread, canned vegetables and jams. Our local artisans make our market complete and sell only unique, hand crafted artwork.

Berea Home Village

Berea Home Village is a newly formed member of the National Village to Village Movement. A membership based local non-profit, its mission is to enhance the lives of seniors 60 and above living in core neighborhoods in Berea. There objective is to coordinate and consolidate existing resources, programs and services, in ways that promote independence and provide on-going opportunities for elders and others to remain active and engaged. Volunteers will assist with basic day-to-day tasks and access to social, cultural, and educational activities, health and wellness programs, and volunteer opportunities. To date, there is no existing service in Berea or Madison County that fulfills these basic needs through the village “one-stop shopping” concept.
For more information, contact: Carla Baumann, 859-200-4831

Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center

The BRCC seeks to…

Empower all people to make changes that improve safety, respect, and equality in their own lives and in their communities. Create a safe refuge that welcomes survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking to engage in the healing process as we believe in and validate their experiences. Advocate for individuals affected by sexual violence and human trafficking with respect for the personal rights and needs of each person, and Educate the community by providing both information and perspective to raise awareness and promote the prevention of sexual violence and human trafficking. Your gift will help those in crisis and work to prevent violence in our world!

Bread for the World

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decisions makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ, we advocate for a world without hunger.

C.A.R.E (Kitty, Inc)

C.A.R.E helps provide for animals abandoned or without homes. Spay and neutering keeps them both safe and populations down, and your gift will help!

Central Kentucky Network for Peace and Justice

The CKNPJ is a coalition of individuals, churches and groups working to impact areas of social concern and justice. 

Christian Appalachian Project

Your tax-deductible donation to CAP can help build hope and transform the lives of the children, their families, and seniors living in poverty in Appalachia. Please, join us today in our efforts to provide nutritious food, warm clothing, and safe housing to people in desperate need.

Church World Service

CWS has worked for seven decades with one goal: building a world where there is enough for all. We affirm the power of individuals and communities to take ownership of their future. We meet them right where they are, helping them create solutions they can maintain – and build on. That means a refugee family who is able to start a new life. Or someone rebuilding after disaster finds safety with dignity. We work in 134 countries, including the United States, and provide for long-term recovery. We partner with over 28 denominations and work with locally affected groups to make sure aid gets where it is most needed. 

Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA)

CoCoDA is a non-profit organization devoted to the mission of cooperating in projects for democratic, community-based social and economic development in Central America, and promoting awareness and social responsibility in the United States for more just relations with Latin America. Bereans have been connected to a sister-city in El Salvador through CoCoDA since the 1990s, and dozens from Union Church, The Berea Friends Meeting, and St. Clare Catholic church have engaged in study trips. Your contribution helps create safe schools, potable drinking water, and democratic self-governance in villages and towns across Central America. 

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Nearly 700,000 children experience abuse or neglect each year. Instead of playing with neighbors and making happy family memories, they’re attending court hearings, adjusting to new foster homes and transitioning to new schools. That’s a heavy burden for a child to carry. With a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteer dedicated to their case, America’s most vulnerable children will have someone speaking up for their best interests. With your support, more children will have the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.

Catholic Relief Services

For more than 70 years, CRS has been providing expertise and compassion to the very poorest of our brothers and sisters in more than 100 countries. But we can’t do this lifesaving work without your help. Please make a generous gift today.

Doctors Without Borders

Thank you for supporting our lifesaving work. For Doctors Without Borders, the ability to respond quickly to medical humanitarian emergencies is crucial to saving more lives. Unrestricted funds allow us to allocate our resources most efficiently and where the needs are greatest.

Girls Learn, International

The GLI Program supports the empowerment of U.S. students as they discover that through their own creative initiatives, dedication, and passionate leadership, they can create real solutions that address the obstacles facing girls and women in the U.S. and around the world. Student-to-student, and student-to-parent, GLI is building a movement of informed advocates for universal girls’ education and a new generation of leaders and activists for social change.

East Kentucky Childcare Coalition

Our mission is to increase the quantity and quality of accessible, affordable and developmentally appropriate child care in Southeastern Kentucky.  We believe that only through developing an adequate child care infrastructure in our communities can those same communities grow economically and socially.  We are dedicated to the creation of child care that is so essential to the development of our communities, human resources, and the hopes of our children for a better future!

Habitat for Humanity of Madison and Clark Counties

Habitat for Humanity of Madison & Clark Counties is an ecumenical Christian ministry that works in partnership with local families to build simple, decent, affordable housing. Since 1992 local volunteers and donors have partnered with 121 Habitat families to build or improve a place called home. Over 100 affordable housing solutions have been built in Berea, Richmond or Winchester. We continue to build or rehab 3-5 homes per year and have a goal to complete 7 home repair projects in 2017. With Habitat you build more than walls, windows, and roofs; Habitat builds strength, stability, and independence through shelter. With your help 12 families will build a brighter future with Habitat this year. 

Heifer Project International

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses. You can help with a gift in the amount of an agricultural animal. Here are some example prices:

  • Flock of Ducks, Geese or Chicks: $20
  • Honeybees: $30
  • Set of Breeding Rabbits: $60
  • Alpaca, Llama, Sheep, Pig, Goat: $120 ea
  • Water Buffalo: $250
  • Fish Fingerlings: $300
  • Heifer: $500

International Book Project

International Book Project collects, sorts, and ships donated books in response to requests from around the world, and promotes literacy in underserved areas of the world, both domestic and abroad.

Katosi Women Development Trust

VISION: Empowered rural women with productive livelihoods in healthy communities.
MISSION: Enabling rural women to effectively manage their social, economic and political development processes for improved livelihoods. 

Local Berean Deborah Payne has worked extensively with the KWDT in Katosi, Uganda, both in the PeaceCorps and over the years since. Since women are the fabric of family and economic life, empowering women provides exponentially greater benefits for the community. Your gift will sustain that development and empower new projects!

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is a community of people, inspired by a Vision, building New Power and a better future for all of us. Together, we organize for a fair economy, a healthy environment, new safe energy and an honest democracy. 

Kentucky Environmental Foundation

The Kentucky Environmental Foundation is dedicated to connecting the lines between our environment and our health and creating sustainable community systems that incorporate social justice to ensure a bright future for all Kentuckians. Founded in Berea to help prevent nerve gas incineration in Madison County, KEF serves across the commonwealth and across the nation to improve the health of communities.

Kentucky Natural Lands Trust

KNLT is working to protect, connect and restore wildlands, large forest tracts and migratory corridors. Efforts began with the preservation of Blanton Forest, expanded to the Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor, and now include a range of conservation projects. KNLT uses a wide variety of tools to conserve natural areas and to work with forest landowners.

Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc. (KRM), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing resettlement services to refugees through faith- and agency-based co-sponsorship in order to promote self-sufficiency and successful integration into our community. KRM is committed to offering access to community resources and opportunities and to promoting awareness of diversity for the benefit of the whole community. With a team of over 80 volunteers and staff KRM helped resettle thousands of refugees from war and destruction. A refugee family needs everything when they first arrive. Your gift will help us make sure they have a safe place to live, furnishings, and friends to see them through!

Madison County Public Library

The MCPL serves all of Madison county and is so much more than just books! Your contribution makes possible guest programs for children and adults, provides resources for the entire community, and access to digital content otherwise unavailable! You give a whole world of opportunity when you give the gift of a library!


MedWater uses a collaborative strategy to develop sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene services. MedWater collaborates with communities in the development of the their own water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services. When communities lead, programs become sustainable and health is improved. Physicians know that prevention is best. MedWater works with medical teams to promote WASH services as a means to reduce waterborne diseases in their patients. Governments play a key role in financing and supporting water and sanitation infrastructure. By engaging governments, sustainable collaborations can unfold.

New Opportunity School for Women

The New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) is a school for Appalachian women who are determined to rebuild their lives and shape a fulfilling and successful future. Through education, personal guidance, and career development at NOSW, women find the courage to overcome obstacles that arise from limited education, poverty, domestic violence, and other difficult circumstances.

The NOSW Foundation is the umbrella organization for support and further development of these campuses in Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee.  A primary purpose of the NOSW Foundation is to expand the NOSW program in additional regions of Appalachia so that more women with promise may be reached.

No Child Hungry, No Child Cold

No Child Hungry, No Child Cold is a mission outreach of Union Church in cooperation with local school family resource centers and other agencies working directly with children. Your gift makes possible the immediate help for a child who may not have enough food for the weekend, or enough winter clothing to remain healthy. Gifts purchase these items working with counselors and other support staff.


We strive to provide the artisans and farmers in developing countries a fair price for their products. You will find baskets, musical instruments, toys and games, and  home decor items. We also carry a wide variety of clothing and accessories at our store located on the College Square in Berea. Donations are used to fund the training of Volunteers, equipment and other outreach so we can keep our prices low and the value to our artisans high.

Pride Education Project

The Pride Education Project is a Central Kentucky organization based in Berea KY that seeks to educate communities about the richness of LGBT history, the importance of protecting LGBT rights, and the benefits of civic engagement for LBGT people and their allies. By focusing on facilitating public discussion forums and educational presentations, the Pride Education Project aims to promote the social acceptance of LGBT people in Madison County, Central KY, and in Appalachia more broadly. 

Project Alianza

Our mission is to provide children living in the coffeelands the education and skills they need to break free of generations of poverty. Project Alianza – an entirely woman-run organization – works to transform a fragmented educational system into a sustainable learning ecosystem for kids living on privately-owned “big coffee” farms. We exist to bring passionate communities, “big coffee” producers, and a global industry together to improve educational opportunities for children in challenging environments. Your gift can educate a child, provide freedom from child labor, and increase the chance that the cycle of poverty will be broken forever. 

Red Cross

The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas: Disaster Relief, Supporting America’s Military Families, Lifesaving Blood, Health and Safety Practices, and International services in over 187 countries. Locally, the Bluegrass Chapter works to prevent fire and provide disaster relief 365 days a year. 

Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves. We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.

When disaster strikes around the world, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care and education and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs. As quickly and as effectively as Save the Children responds to tsunamis and civil conflict, it works to resolve the ongoing struggles children face every day — poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease — and replaces them with hope for the future.

Save the Children has served children in rural Kentucky since 1932.

Sustainable Berea

Sustainable Berea works towards creating a model for sustainable community agriculture, and it provides a variety of workshops and events to help educate others on the benefits and implementation of sustainable practices. Recently, SB has created the Berea Urban Agricultural District and the Urban Farm. The Urban Farm’s main mission is to produce high-quality food for residents and visitors in a manner that restores the land, educates youth and adults, provides a neighborhood gathering place, increases food security, promotes local economic development, and improves the health and quality of life of the community. Your gift can support food for needy families, training for volunteers, cost of seeds and starts, and equipping the new packing shed for the farm!

Sustainable Harvest International

SHI’s mission is to preserve the environment by partnering with families in Central America to improve well-being through sustainable farming. They’ve helped hundreds of people improve their own economic and social health while preserving the world we live in. Your gift to SHI is an investment in the future of all of us!

TLC Animal Refuge

TLC Animal Refuge, Inc loves animals and believes in the sanctity of all life. Our mission is to implement a humane and innovative approach to cat and dog overpopulation through an education, spay/neuter, and adoption program in southern Madison County and surrounding counties. TLC rescues and takes in stray cats and dogs that have sometimes been abused or neglected. TLC maintains a small shelter that works to adopt out these amazing pets into loving homes. We also manage a trap/spay/return program for feral/stray cats. We would love for you to adopt one of our wonderful pets. They are all waiting for loving homes.

A Villager’s Hand

When groups of artisans are formed in villages, they not only begin receiving a fair wage for their work, but they have an opportunity to choose  sustainable development goals for their entire community!  We believe that they should set goals that are important to them, whether it is for clean water, building a school, investing in items they need to make their business grow, farm needs for food production, etc. Your donation provides materials, supplies, and training!

Woman’s Industrial Sewing and Crafts

One of Berea’s oldest self-help organizations for women, the WISC program was founded in 1893 to give women a chance to repair used clothing for their families. Cloth that couldn’t be repaired was turned into quilts. The quilting tradition continues, and WISC teaches women to make high quality quilts and crafts, many of whom are donated to children in hospitals or who are sick at home. Your gift will contribute fabric, materials, and supplies to the women who work each week to make someone’s life better!


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