Good Neighbors Time Bank has exciting upcoming events! If you are someone you know has been thinking about joinging the time bank or getting involved- Now is the time! Churches, libraries, community centers and more are partnering with the time bank to expand locations and access more people. To attend, RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some upcoming events are:
4/4/19- Time Bank potluck in Honey Brook @ 6PM
4/6/19- Time Bank Introduction at Hope Church @ 10 AM
4/16/19- Time Bank Volunteer social in Honey Brook @ 3 PM
4/20/19- Time Bank Introduction at Reformation Lutharen Church @1 PM
4/25/19- Time Bank Introductionat Lower Providence Library @ 6:30 PM
We hope you can join and are always looking for new members to get involved!
The Good Neighbors Time Bank has has officially launched a new type of social- The Volunteer Social! Good Neighbors truly believes that volunteering and helping others can be the best way to making new friends, community partners, and lasting memories. Sharing kindness and helping the community is essential to making the world a better place. That's why every month, the Time Bank will be volunteering with local non-profits for Volunteer Socials! Through April, we will be volunteering with a non-profit close to our hearts because it is founded by a friend of Good Neighbors, Bev Weinberg. She has created a non-profit called Integrate For Good who’s mission is to “Empower,” and “Strengthen local communities by expanding opportunities for people of all abilities to contribute their time and talent.” We are very proud to be partnering with Intergate For Good and expand the mission of time banking to include helping other local non-profits.
If you are interested in attending a Volunteer Social or have a suggestion on who we should volunteer with next, please contact email@example.com or visit our Facebook page.
Welcome to 2019, Time Bankers! This new year holds many greats things for Good Neighbors. 2019 is your opportunity to bring more members to time banking, make more exchanges, attend more socials and have more fun. Throughout this year, Good Neighbors is holding special events and we want YOU to attend! Here are some things to keep in mind and dates to mark on your calender:
We are holding a special- but only for a limited time- If you get a friend to sign up for the time bank and they tell our coordinator you referred them, you will receive 2 free hours!
If you bring a friend with you to a social, same deal! You will get extra time dollars! We want more people to be exposed to time banking and we need your help!
Here are some upcoming events you can attend:
Coffee And Time Banking Social
2/12/19 10:30AM-11:30AM at the Downingtown Wegmans
Valentine's Day Potluck Social
2/15/19 5:30PM-7:30PM 960 Harvest Drive, Blue Bell
Time Banking Introduction
2/16/19 1PM-2PM Reformation Lutheran Church, Media
Time Banking Volunteer Social
2/21/19 9:30AM-11:30AM Indian Valley Public Library
Time Banking Introduction
2/26/19 5:30PM-6:30PM 960 Harvest Drive, Blue Bell
Time Banking Volunteer Social
2/28/19 1PM-3PM Jeans Memorial Library
Time Baning Introduction and Lunch
3/5/19 12:30PM-1:30PM TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce, Pottstown
Hope to see you at these events! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or help!
The Holiday season can be a busy time but that is not stopping the Good Neighbors from having fun events! If you see an event you wish to join, email email@example.com!
December 6th Cookie Bake
Come out and enjoy some holiday spirit and cookies! We will bake some yummy treats and get to know our neighbors!
December 8th Time Banking Introduction
Want to know more about Time Banking and how to get involved? Join us on December 8th at Reformation Lutheran Church for a Time Banking Introduction! Bring a friend and enjoy some light snacks!
December 15th Cards for Our Troops
Let's give back this holiday season and decorate cards to send to our troops! Meet at the Wegmans in Downingtown to drink some coffee and eat some lunch while bonding over doing good for our community and country!
We love to meet new people so do not be scared to join us for the first time, you will be greeted with friendly faces! Visit our Facebook page for more information about us and our events!
We are proud to announce some unique events coming to the Good Neighbors Time Bank! Join us! RSVP by emailing our Coordinator at Julianna.firstname.lastname@example.org!
Ice Cream and Time Banking Social @ Milky Way Farms Creamery, October 28th at 1pm
Books and Time Banking 101 @ West Chester Public Library, October 30th at 6pm.
Books and Time Banking 101 @ West Chester Public Library, November 10th at 1pm.
Time Banking Instructional @ Reformation Lutheran Church, November 10th at 1pm
Time Banking Instructional @ Reformation Lutheran Church, December 8th at 1pm
Time Banking Instructional @ Reformation Lutheran Church, January 19th at 1pm
As I finish up my first few weeks as the time bank coordinator, I can see how truly passionate the people around me are. Each person I work beside is willing to give up their nights and weekends, lunch breaks or half days to work for this dream we all have. We all see the bigger picture. How each time we sacrifice a weekend it's so our community can become a better place. I have for a long time now lived with a specific phrase in the back of my head, “work to make the word a braver and kinder world.” Although time banking may not be making the world a braver place, me accepting my first full time “real life” job is is making me braver. And time banking most certainly is making the world a kinder place. I think those of us who have been down on our luck, tight on money, or having a hard year can really see the impact the time banking will have. Sometimes, when you are having a hard time seeing the good in the world, just having a community of people who are willing to help you can make it seem like the sun is shining. Just knowing that you can get the help you need from people who care can literally save a life, give someone hope and, ultimating making the world a better place. Because you don't need to affect millions of people to make a difference, it just takes one.
Throughout the last couple of weeks I have been working hard to schedule some orientations so we can start seeing the GNTB make a big difference. We have three upcoming events:
October 9th and 16th- Coffee and Time Banking @ Morgantown Coffee House. 3pm-5pm. Bring friends and enjoy some of my favorite coffee in town while learning how YOU can make a difference in the world.
October 14th-Outdoor Walk and Time Banking Informational @ Marsh Creek State Park. 1pm-3pm. Come to walk through the beautiful Autumn weather and learn about time banking and how you can get involved. Small picnic at end so feel free to bring food and snacks!
So excited for each of these events! Please contact me to RSVP @ email@example.com
Time Bank Coordinator
I promise you, it is not terribly difficult to join the Good Neighbors Time Bank and I can also promise you that it will be well worth your time.
Here are the steps to joining the time bank.
1) Go to our website, www.goodneighborstb.timebanks.org. Then click on Getting Started with GNTB. Click join and complete your online profile. Part of completing your profile will be noting what skills and gifts you want to share with others (think of things you genuinely like to do) and ways that you might need the help of other time bank members (think of things you struggle with doing or don't prefer to do on your own.) So give this some thought before heading to the website.
2) Attend an orientation meeting. We are working diligently to set up multiple orientation meetings across the region. Keep an eye out on our events calendar on the website. You can also follow our Facebook page. Every event, including orientations will be highlighted on our Facebook page.
3) Send in your annual membership payment. There is a $25 fee for individuals wishing to join the time bank. These funds serve to cover additional costs of running the time bank including the annual fee for utilizing the software used to track our members' time dollars. If the cost is a hardship to you, you can still join the time bank. For anyone who wishes, you may complete 2 hours of service to the time bank or another member, but you will not receive time dollars for this service. This work will replace the membership fee for the year. If you prefer this method of "paying" your membership, its easy. Just let the time bank coordinator know. No questions asked.
That's all there is to it. If you have any questions or challenges please contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org and I will walk you through it. Looking forward to time banking with you in the future.
The Good Neighbors Time Bank is growing every day. We officially launched our time bank in July and spent much of August ensuring all of our pieces were in place. We have accomplished so many of our goals.
Julianna will be officially starting with the time bank by mid-September and will be coordinating the day to day efforts of the time bank. In this role, Julianna will manage our local orientation meetings and social activities across the region. She will be THE go to person to onboard new members. She will also be the point person for promoting the time bank and will also help members connect with one another, ensuring that time banking is a positive experience for all of our members. We welcome Julianna to our KenCrest and time bank family. We are so excited to share our combined passion and energy with everyone.
Next steps...We have an upcoming orientation scheduled on September 10th in Sellersville, Bucks County. We will be meeting at the Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 733 Ridge Rd. at 6:00 pm. Feel free to join us for some refreshments while we learn about time banking and point out ways that time banking can benefit you and your community. You will also have a chance to sign up as members. Stay tuned for more orientation and social activities coming to a community near you.
Do want to get involved and help our time bank community grow? You can help in a number of ways.
Yep...it's true! As a member of a time bank you can get needs met and you don't need to spend money to do it. Sounds pretty good right?
As we discussed in previous posts, in time banking we believe that everyone has skills to share with others and everyone has needs that friends and neighbors can help you with. There is a reciprocity in time banking, a give and take which is rooted in skills and interests rather than in a monetary relationship.
Once you become a time bank member you can begin to spend the Time Dollars you earned by requesting a service from other members. These requests are then automatically emailed out to the membership and members have a chance to respond and fulfill your request. So I just took a look at the Phoenixville Area Time Bank webpage (BTW: the Good Neighbors website will be up and running by this time next month...we hope!) and went to their request page. This is a list of all the types of requests currently in circulation within the PATB.
Let's say you need sewing help. Perhaps you're like me...short...5'2"...and usually need you pants hemmed. You can make a request for a member to hem your pants. Easy Peasy!
OK- so maybe you're a normal sized human and don't need a lot of clothing hemmed. Maybe you're looking for some financial information. Now, you would not want to ask me for financial help, but there are lots of other members who have the knowledge and experience to help you. No problem!
Don't need financial assistance? How about help gardening or with yard work? There are members who could help you with weeding or learning about how to grow vegetables. So cool!
Also, on the PATB website is a list of the the time bank's talents. This is my favorite by the way.
According to this amazing list of talent, there are 18 members who are willing and able to help you with sewing. There are 7 members who can help you with your finances and there are a whopping 32 members who would love to help you in your garden! So get thinking about what talents you want to share with others and what some of your needs might be. Can't wait to get things started. Keep in mind that if you live/work in the Phoenixville Area you can join the Phoenixville Area Time Bank today! Reach out at www.patb.timebanks.org.
Until the next time...Cultivate Optimism!
Hi- I'm Alli. I am the Director of Employment and Day Programs at KenCrest. I am working with a dedicated group of community members and professionals to develop the Good Neighbors Time Bank. I am passionate about Social Capital Building, coffee, good books, great food, crochet and photography. I live a blessed life in Pottstown, PA surrounded by my husband, friends, family and 2 dalmatians. Life is good...with time banking it can be better!