Fair Trade Ministry


For a number of reasons, the Fair Trade Ministry of St. Michael decided to disband several

months ago and we want to thank the members of our parish for your generous support.


A sale to liquidate our inventory was held on January 31, 2016 after the Sunday Masses.


Because of you, we were able to provide a home for the Guerrier family in Haiti.

Dear Parishioners:


On behalf of myself and the Fair Trade Ministry Committee, I would like to thank St. Michael’s Parishioners for their generous support towards our passionate endeavor; as it was quite a success.

Due to your generous support, either by purchasing items from our store or by your monetary donations, our ministry raised $3,200.00. With those funds, we were able to provide a home for a very poor family in Haiti.

My committee deserves a huge “Thank You” for so generously giving of their time. This success could not have been possible without those ladies and our team work. The members include:
Tamara Sigler, Abby Sigler, Kate Pavlich, Jen Smallwood, Sue Silvashy, Sharon Harpster, Mary Jo Lewis, Brandy Tomory, Doe Gallagher, May Ann Comardo, Kaye Smith, Linda Kneen, Marcie Micchia, Carol Walker and myself, Barb Woerner.

I truly thank each and every one of them from the bottom of my heart.

--Barb Woerner, Chairperson



Purpose: The St. Michael Fair Trade Ministry sold products made in third world countries and that support and promote a living wage for impoverished farm workers and artisans. Once sales provided profits that exceeded what was needed to buy more inventories, we had hoped to support projects to improve life for Haitians, or other impoverished peoples, such as providing clean water and housing

The Fair Trade Store had been open on the 4th Sunday of every month after the 9:00 and 11:00 AM Masses. 

Fair trade items such as coffee, tea, jewelry, toys and children's items were sold.  


The mission of the Fair Trade Ministry at St. Michael was to purchase products from small farmers and artisans living in third world countries to help support a fair wage for them, and to bring about social change in those countries.  In addition, we desired to stir an awareness in the parish community about the inequality and poverty which exists in those countries, and help to improve their lives.


For more information contact Barbara Woerner at 330-953-2449. 

                                                    Fair Trade Committee at the Parish Picnic

      Back row: Chairperson Barbara Woerner, Kate Pavlich.  Front row: Mary Jo Lewis, Susan Silvashy

Fair Trade items for sale at the Parish Picnic, September 28, 2014

Fair Trade Committee

   Mary Cohan, Claire Crescimanno, and Tamara Sigler shop at the Grand Opening

of the Fair Trade Store, which will be open the fourth Sunday of the month after Masses.

       Carol Walker displays Fair Trade items at the St. Michael Ministry Expo on March 30, 2014.