Olive Branch

About Location & Directions Coming Events Outreach Contact


Summer 2017 Hours

Wednesday-Saturday
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Location

11160 Perry Highway
Suite #5
Wexford, PA 15090

(724)799-8700

Backpack Initiative Pill Bottles Sew Powerful Purse Project

The mission of the Olive Branch is to cultivate change and encourage meaningful living by: selling fair trade and products that support underserved and developing communities, engaging our community in activities that improve local and global lives, and gathering people for growing, connecting and learning.

Pill Bottle Collection

Can you imagine going to the pharmacy and trying to carry your pills home in a folded paper, or even just your hands? Many communities in Africa face this on a daily basis. Instead of throwing them away, bring your empty medicine bottles to the Olive Branch. The bottles must have wide mouth openings (large enough to fit a spool of thread), must have all the lables removed, and be clean.

Sew Powerful Purse Project

The Sew Powerful Purse Project was started to teach women in a small region of Zambia sewing and tailoring skills so that they could support their families. Now the project has grown to reaching out to the world-wide sewing community asking for handmade purses to be used in partnership with a hygiene management program at a local school, the Needs Care School in Ngombe Compound. The purses and necessary hygiene items are given to girls in need so they will be able to stay in school during their monthly cycle and not fall behind. Previously the girls stayed home during their cycle causing them to miss approximately 2 months out of every school year. The purse program is providing needed income for the adult women who sew the hygiene supplies, and with their education, the girls will do better in school and have more economic opportunities available to them. In two months, our Olive Branch seamstresses are proud to have completed over 40 purses and hope to make more as the program in Zambia expands to more schools in other areas. We invite all to visit us and learn how you might be able to support this worthy, empowering outreach.

Hygiene Kits For Haiti

There is a similar need in Haiti for hygiene supplies for school girls to use during their period. The Olive Branch makes drawstring bags and fills them with the necessary supplies, so they can stay in school. The kits are delivered by a member of Salem UMC who volunteers on medical missions. Call or Stop by the store to help assist with this ongoing project.

Busy Blankets for Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients

The Olive Branch is reaching out to area families who are caring for Alzheimer's and Demencia patients with the gift of a free busy blanket. These blankets help relieve the the hand fidgeting caused by restlessness and anxiety. We invite everyone in the community to help with this this project by either helping to make them or by providing a goodwill donation to support the project. Call or stop by the store to inquire about how to receive one for a family member or friend who could benefit from this project.

Join us at the Olive Branch on Thursdays from 1-3.