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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com 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.
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!