So in order to participate in time banking you need to sign up as a member of the time bank. This usually entails filling out an application with demographic info. There may be a modest fee attached to joining a time bank. This fee covers the cost of the software time banks use to track your time dollars as well as other operating costs. If a fee would be an obstacle for you to join a time bank...never fear! There are easy ways around this. For example, you could provide 2 hours of volunteering to the time bank covering your fee. Once you are all signed up there is usually an orientation to go to. I would strongly advise you to take advantage of this. 1) You get to meet really NICE time banking people. 2) You get to learn about the FANTASTIC time bank you just joined and 3) You get to learn how to use the time bank SOFTWARE. Don't worry- the software is easy, but if you don't have a computer or computers are your mortal enemy there's ways around that too.
Now you're ready to start time banking. WOO HOO! I will use myself as an example. I am a member of the Phoenixville Area Time Bank (Check them out if you live in the Phoenixville area- they are Rock Stars!) I like to cook, so one service I offer the time bank is cooking meals. Members contact me through the time bank webpage and place their order. Last week I received an order for a vegetarian and egg free lasagna. After I get the request I:
1) Go to the grocery store to get the ingredients. The member who requested the lasagna will reimburse me the cost of the raw ingredients. In this case: noodles, ricotta, mozzarella and sauce.
2) Make the lasagna. I don't charge for the baking time, just the assembly.
3) Take the lasagna out of the oven and put instructions on the foil cover. Then its time to clean up.
4) The only thing left is to schedule a pick up or delivery and then "bank" your time. The requesting member paid me the money for the ingredients and 2 time dollars for 2 hours of service. Shopping, assembly, clean up and delivery.
Now the only question is...how will I spend my time dollars? Guitar lessons? Gardening help? Help with my taxes? Sky's the limit! Time banking is easy and fun. It brings people together and helps you to get all your needs met. Can't wait until will launch the Good Neighbors Time Bank in June. We hope to begin officially signing up members in April so stay tuned! Until then...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!