Attending the Connecting for Change Conference is a one of a kind experience. Everyone who attends takes something different from the experience, but something that everyone gains from the experience is the feeling that they are a part of a collective whole working to create positive change in the world.
Attracting over 5,000 people of all backgrounds, creed and class over a 2-day period, we strive to provide an eclectic mix of vendors – from solar panel providers to artists who use recycled materials – there is truly something for everyone at Connecting for Change. Our state-of-the-art exhibitor tents are not only open to conference attendees but to the general public as well, nestled strategically in the heart of New Bedford’s historic downtown district.
REGISTRATION FOR OUR EXHIBITOR TENT AND STREET VENDOR SPACE FOR our 11th ANNUAL CONNECTING FOR CHANGE WILL OPEN LATER THIS MONTH!
Here’s what a few of last year’s exhibitors shared about their experiences at CFC:
“We had a great time… and connected with a lot of interesting people and organizations doing great and inspirational things. We’ll definitely be back next year.”
“We thoroughly enjoyed Connecting for Change! What an amazing, world-class gathering. You all do revolutionary work.”
If you will be selling prepared food, you must have a permit from the City of New Bedford. If you are selling whole fruits or vegetables, you do not need to fill out the form, but if you cut any of the produce and distribute for samples, you must have a permit. Click here for the permit application.
For more information on exhibiting at this year's Connecting for Change, please contact:
ADC Jewelry Designs
I design and handcraft exquisite semi-precious gemstone jewelry for a cause - 100% of the net proceeds are donated to 3 schools in India where we provide free food, clothing, education and healthcare to impoverished and desolate slum and village children. The jewelry designs are unique, styles vary from slender/elegant to chunky/statement pieces and reflect quality craftsmanship.Our motto : Adorn Yourself While Helping A Child In Need!!!
All Hands Volunteers
All Hands Volunteers is a non-profit disaster response and recovery organizations. We have a nine year/45 project track record of helping communities around the world who are suffering in the wake of natural disasters. We harness the energy and commitment of dedicated volunteers to have the maximum impact with minimum bureaucracy.
Beautycounter is a skin care line dedicated to providing women & their families with safe and effective products. Our ingredient selection process is the strictest in the industry resulting in a "never list" of over 1500 chemicals that are not allowed in our products. Beautiful products, made safe. Welcome to Beautycounter.
Soil quality is directly related to the the quality of life on our planet. Worm composting is one way of enhancing soil quality by adding to its microbial community. Worm compost adds nutrients and supports water retention and plant immunity function. We make worm bins for school and home use, and present worm composting workshops.
Boston University Superfund Research Program
The Boston University Superfund Research Program (BU SRP) is an NIEHS funded interdisciplinary program that conducts and communicates research on the impacts of improperly managed hazardous wastes. Specifically, we study the effects of exposures to substances commonly encountered in hazardous waste disposal on reproduction and development in humans and wildlife. BU SRP is partnering with Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) to bring an "Environmental Health Clinic" to Connecting for Change 2014. Based in Roxbury, MA, ACE builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice.
Bristol County Bee Club
Educating the public on pollinators and how we can help them survive in our present environment. We will also have native honey for sale and educational hand outs. We are a non profit organization.
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Cabot Creamery Cooperative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Widely known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot is owned by the 1200 dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative, with farms located throughout New England and upstate New York. For more information on Cabot, visit: http://www.cabotcheese.coop.
All of our fine whole bean specialty coffees are certified organic, fair trade and kosher, and are roasted in small batches at our beanery in Orange, MA. We know that the planting, care, harvesting and processing of the beans is done in conformity with international standards for the health of the farmer and his environment, as well as the high quality of the bean.
Donnelly/Colt Progressive Resources
Buttons, Stickers, banners, note cards, postcards, posters, organic cotton t-shirts, handmade peace wreaths, LuminAid™ solar recharageable floating utility light
Doves Foot Pottery
One of a Kind Pottery from the Garden for the Table
EarthFrendz is a brand that serves a cause. At EarthFrendz, we use fashion as an economic tool for poverty alleviation and jobs creation. All our products are handcrafted using surplus textile remnants in the impoverished areas of Mumbai and New Delhi, India as there are many communities that still earn their living working with needle and thread. EarthFrendz is about improving life's and bettering the planet.
Earthitis is an environmental educational organization whose main objectives are to advocate for the sustainability of our planet Earth and to promote ways to maintain and respect biodiversity. Our mission is eco-awareness. Our motto is "Together we can make a world of difference."
Equal Exchange is a democractially organized worker-owned cooperative, founded in 1986 to pioneer a new model of trade built upon fairness and stronger relationships between farmers and consumers. Equal Exchange seeks to reconnect people with the farmers who grow their food and to support small-scale farmer cooperatives. When you purchase Equal Exchange coffee, tea, chocolate, fruit and nuts, you help farmers to stay on their land, support their families, plan for their future, and care for the environment.
Expedition Education Institute
The Expedition Education Institute creates experiential learning communities that inspire informed and compassionate ecological leadership. In partnership with Marlboro College, EEI offers college and gap year traveling programs based in North American bioregions. Each semester has a focusing theme on either energy and climate justice, alternative economics and building communities, or sustainability in food and farming.
Four Winds One Breath
Rosanne Menard’s ancestral heritage is a melding of Mik’maq, Malecite, Blackfoot, Canadian French and Italian. She makes a variety of jewelry, sculpture, clothing, fine art and photography. “There is a breath, a drumbeat, a heartbeat that evokes one’s spirits to the depths of one’s soul in all of the artwork by Red Bear Dreamer [Rosanne’s native name],” says Words in the Wind (Donna Edmonds Mitchell), of the Pocasset Wampanoag People, Watuppa Reservation, in Fall River. “If you allow yourself to be pulled into her work you will begin to hear the silenced voices of our ancestors revealing the sacred ways they lived and loved all of the Creators’ blessings.”
We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving and protecting the coastal environment in Southeastern Massachusetts for wildlife and people. Our volunteer corps - the Beach Ambassadors - engage beach visitors in wildlife viewing, nature discovery, conservation and more. We also bring people onto the beach for a variety of programs designed to strengthen their commitment to conservation, such as bird-watching, clamming, yoga, and photography.
Great Cape Baking Co.
Bakery specializing in our signature cranberry harvest donuts, apple cider donuts, gourmet and artisian breads.
Green Mountain College
College with graduate programming focused upon sustainability.
Green/Rainbow Party of Mass & CT
The Green Party of CT. and the Green Rainbow Party of Mass. are sharing a table and will have some of the Green Party candidates running in the Nov. elections there to meet and talk to voters and others. There will be t-shirts, buttons, position papers and campaign material available.
Heart Mind Integration Healing (HMI Healing)
Imagine how great it would feel, to catch yourself in the moment of a big trigger, breathe and respond from your higher self consciousness. There’d be no shame or guilt, no apologizing for the things you said or did that hurt your loved one; instead there would be connection. HMI perspectives of the sub-conscious help you understand how it keeps you in an inner loop of non-manifestation and conflict. Heart Mind Integration Healing provides a map of the subconscious, and a method to identify and heal parts of yourself that limit your success.
Helfand Farm Community Gardens
Helfand Farm Community Gardens is an all volunteer non-profit, offering garden plots and free gardening workshops to area residents. We are located 5 minutes from the Dartmouth Mall and we welcome anyone who wants to grow their own food.
Savory herb and pepper jellies, whole leaf dried herbs and peppers, seasonings and salt blends. Gift packages. Vanilla extract kits. Dried crafted and birdhouse gourds. Garden-inspired ornaments. Shortbread cookies.
Life's Epiphany is a regenerative design company. Regenerating the health of individuals as well as the health of our soils in order to increase the sustainability of our communities small and large. Our mission is to unlock the health of the mind-body-spirit and environment through education, awareness, and action.
Living Grace Family Chiropractic
Dr. Celina Graca will performing free spinal health screenings.
Lou's Upcycles offers a full line of accessories created from fused post-consumer, un-recyclable plastic bags, wrappers, and packaging. Keep plastics out of the waste stream and look great doing it!
Marlboro College cultivates a close-knit, intentionally small learning community where independent thinkers can explore their deepest interests, collaborate with faculty as colleagues, and set the course for their own intellectual and professional pursuits. Located in southeastern Vermont, Marlboro comprises an undergraduate campus in the town of Marlboro and a graduate center in nearby Brattleboro. Combined enrollment for undergraduate and graduate programs is less than 500 students.
New Dawn Earth Center
New Dawn Earth Center provides experiential environmental education and ecospirituality workshops for all ages in Cumberland, RI. We aim to elicit reverence for life, a deep sense of our interconnectedness, and effective action for sustainability.
NOFA / Mass Northeast Organic Farmers Association
Through education and advocacy NOFA/Mass promotes organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil for the health of individuals, communities and the planet.
OnForce Solar is an alternative energy company committed to providing its customers with the most intelligently, designed, efficient, and cost effective energy systems available. OnForce Solar installs solar photovoltaic systems for residential, commercial, and utility scale projects. The company has been responsible for the sale, design, financing and installation of hundreds of solar energy projects.
Our Sisters' School, Inc.
Our Sisters' School is an independent middle school for girls, serving low-income families.
Phoenix Composting Toilets
Phoenix Composting Toilets provide approved, safe, and effective aerobic stabilization of human waste for residences, public facilities, parks, schools, remote sites, and environmentally sensitive areas. Advanced Composting Systems, manufacturer of the Phoenix, is a dedicated green business that practices thoughtful energy and resource conservation strategies, and is soon to be a 100 percent off-the-grid manufacturing plant.
"Secrets of a Metaphysical Flight Attendant" is a spiritual memoir. The soft cover book sells for $17.99.
Recruitment, Training & Support Center for Special Ed. Surrogate Parents
The RTSC for Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs) recruits and trains volunteers interested in becoming important educational decision makers for students in state custody whose parents are unknown or unavailable. SESPs have the legal authority of a parent as they advocate for their appointed student's right to a free and appropriate education.
Renee Designs LLC
Renee Designs creates unique, one of a kind jewelry designed with vintage, recycled, up cycled and repurposed materials.
S.E. Mass Time Exchange
The Time Exchange is a network of people (and organizations) who “exchange time” helping one another, getting credit for the time and using that credit to get the help they need, all while making friends and building trusting relationships.
South Coast Regional Action Committe of the Sierra Club of Massachusetts
SIT Graduate Institute
SIT Graduate Institute’s interculturally-focused master's degrees help students pursue meaningful careers in sustainable development, peacebuilding and conflict transformation, international education, and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Programs are based on a commitment to social justice and intercultural communication. Full-time and online low-residency options are available.
SIT Study Abroad
SIT Study Abroad A pioneer in experiential, field-based study abroad, SIT provides more than 60 semester and summer programs for undergraduate students in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs in multiple locations. Employing an educational approach developed over 80 years, SIT encourages students to step beyond the boundaries of a traditional classroom to analyze the critical issues shaping local communities around the globe. Programs foster experiential learning, intensive cultural immersion, substantial community engagement, and an emphasis on field-based research.
Our mission is to make the world a cleaner place by offering our clients an eco-friendly way to get their laundry done. Wild harvested Soapberries are a chemical free, a paraben free, and a fragrance free way to clean laundry. If this piques your curiosity, stop by our table for more information.
SouthCoast Energy Challenge
The SouthCoast Energy Challenge is a non-profit energy saving initiative for the SouthCoast area of Massachusetts. We sign people up for no-cost MassSave home energy assessments and free solar assessments.
SouthCoast Serves is a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Leduc Center for Civic Engagement facilitated collaborative that fosters service and volunteerism to meet the needs of our community by leveraging resources, expertise and capacity to maximize impact. SouthCoast Serves believes that through service, we can take responsibility for our region’s future. The ultimate vision of SouthCoast Serves is to lead our community to become a place where people can and do integrate service into their everyday lives.
Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design & Education
Sowing Solutions offers Permaculture Design Certification and Training Courses where you can gain ecological design experience for your home landscape and gather sustainable living skills alongside permaculture designers and educators at the world-renowned Sirius EcoVillage in Western MA. This Permaculture Design Course is offered twice a year, during a spring weekend series over three weekends in March and April, or as a summer intensive over two weeks in July). Sowing Solutions also provides permaculture design services, consultation, design, implementation, maintenance, and education for the creation of abundant landscapes & ecological gardens, specializing in beautiful edible landscapes and forest gardens, while integrating permaculture strategies in a whole systems design approach.
Syracuse Cultural Workers
We are a national publisher and distributer of posters, calendars, cards, T-shirts, books, buttons and stickers that further the vision of justice, liberation, equality and multiculturalism. We print on 100% pcw paper and sell organic T-shirts.
Taktse International School
High in the hills of the Himalayas, Taktse International School was born in 2004. Blending Buddhist respect for life with Western educational theory, students K through 12 from Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, and India live and study together. Where the mountain winds stir the tealeaves, there you will find two hundred twenty two children growing wings. This is a model school, not only for the Himalayas, but also for the entire world.
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant public university actively engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research and acting as an intellectual catalyst for regional economic, social and cultural development.
Viridian is a socially responsible energy company providing cleaner energy choices at competitive prices. Viridian was founded with the vision to empower our Customers and Associates to make a measurable difference in the environment and their personal lives simply by switching energy providers.
At VisionWorks we are passionate about what we offer. As a values and vision-driven company, we work to make this world a more diverse and humorous place, to add to the meaning and richness of this life. The items we offer are carefully selected, and frequently changing. These are more than just more material products to us. We offer easy access to images of a changing world, and hope we can be your best source.
Wellness Paths offers education in and the experience of healthy, holistic alternatives which can complement conventional health care. Created by Amanda Murphy, a Registered Nurse, Wellness Paths promotes health by offering creative and effective stress management and wellness coaching, workshops, and retreats where participants are inspired to choose healthier lifestyles.