Sorry...this was meant to be the first blog post...blog fail! I'm learning so much everyday through this time bank project which I am sure is the most important part! So, trying again.
"In 900 years of time and space, I have never met someone who wasn't important."
- Dr. Who, by Steven Moffat
Although this quote (one of my favs) is not about time banking, it is this sentiment that drew me to time banking. Time Banking is a social construct that believes that every single person on this planet- and perhaps others- has something to offer others. Everyone has skills and strengths that others can benefit from. In time banking everyone is important and everyone's time is equal in value.
As we know these are not tenants that we often find in our society. We greatly underestimate the value and importance of so many people in our communities; seniors, the underemployed or unemployed, people who have a disability. In time banking all are valued and all find a place to belong.
That is why I have been looking for a way to strengthen and grow time banking opportunities in Southeast PA. The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council has generously provided vital funding to launch the Good Neighbors Time Bank and KenCrest, my employer, has come on board as the initiative's primary sponsor. Borrowing from Margaret Meade a small group of dedicated people have come together to shape our time bank and, we hope, to change the landscape of our communities for the better.
We are in the initial stages of planning and organizing. We are currently looking to hire a time bank coordinator. This role will be similar to Julie on the Love Boat (for anyone too young to remember Julie from the Love Boat feel free to Google her). Our Julie will be part event planner, part social director, and part liaison. If you love working with people (lots of people!) and have a passion for community development and social justice...this gig could be for you!
We are also looking for community partners who will offer up space for orientation and informational sessions, social activities and membership drives. If you want to be a part of this revolutionary initiative and have some space we can access feel free to reach out!
Visit our blog to keep up to date on our progress. We will be posting every step of the way.
And Remember...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!