Case Study: Engage Your TownCase Study of how La Mesa, CA accomplished their third goal, Engage Your Town, and their tips for other campaigns. Nancy Ryan La Mesa, CA
What was your goal when tasked with this criteria?
Our goal was to reach out to organizations and faith based communities within our city with the overall purpose of providing education regarding fair trade and promoting the use of fair trade products. The intention was to spread the word about fair trade to as many in our community as possible.
What was your strategy?
We gave presentations to all the service organizations in our city and then followed up with the respective groups to encourage their use of fair trade coffee, tea, etc. at their functions and meetings.
We sent mailings to all the churches in the city with a letter regarding fair trade as a way to promote social justice, address the needs of the poor, and encourage environmental responsibility. We also enclosed our La Mesa Fair Trade Town brochures.
What are 3 tips for a group who wants to accomplish this criteria?
- Make as many contacts as possible through visits to various sites.
- Follow-up with faith-based communities and service organizations, asking for a signed endorsement of fair trade.
- Distribute information, via a brochure, that provides an overview of fair trade principles, criteria, campaign goals, and local endorsements.
What did your campaign achieve?
We increased the use of fair trade products in our city and also increased awareness of what fair trade means and how it addresses the needs of marginalized artisans and farmers in developing areas of the world.
How did you make it fun, positive and engaging for all.
Working for Fair Trade Town status was a collaborative effort which involved a lot of good communication. We also held events which were both social and informational at a local coffee café. In addition, we sponsored gift fairs in order to make fair trade items available for purchase.How did you make it fun, positive and engaging for all.
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Catholic Relief Services is so proud of Nancy and other Ambassadors around the country who serve the fair trade towns movment!