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!