February 28, 2011
Upper Valley MEND held its annual volunteer of the year awards banquet Thursday afternoon. Among the 12 recipients were John and Mary Schramm, owners of Leavenworth’s Jubilee Global Gifts.
For 16 years the Schramms have donated all proceeds from the fair trade boutique to such causes as Habitat for Humanities and the Community Cupboard.
But the big announcement, made by new Jubilee Manager Sandy Thompson-Royer, is that the Schramms are retiring and donating the business lock stock and barrel to UV MEND.
Thompson-Royer said UV MEND will officially take over Jubilee Global Gifts April 1st, but the passing of the torch is already underway. Proceeds from the store’s fair trade goods will directly benefit the nonprofits various programs like the Community Cupboard food bank, affordable housing, free medical clinic, and support for developmentally disabled adults.
Reporter Isaac Kaplan-Woolner stopped in to Jubilee Global Gifts to talk its new-owners-to-be.
UV MEND is set to officially take over Jubilee Global Gifts on April 1st. Luckily, they have a great new manager. Sandy Thompson-Royer is married to UV MENDS director, but her position at Jubilee is far from nepotism.
Thompson-Royer told reporter Isaac Kaplan-Woolner that she recently graduated from Evergreen State College, having studied fair trade, and has already immersed herself in running the store at 723 front st. Thomson-Royer said Jubilee Global Gifts will keep its current hours, 10-5 daily. You can find them upstairs at 723 Front St in Leavenworth.