This post is a followup to the previous article, how a time bank can benefit most any organization. The blog Warren Expressed recently ran a promotion piece on a project of the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, and the lack of interest from teens in planning to make Warren their home, “Warren: Old and getting older”. Please check out the article and my comments?
Recently I was asked, how does a time bank benefit a community center that is already doing good work. Here is Merith Weisman, member of the Center for Community Engagement at Sonoma State University, who writes how a time bank can benefit most any organization. Enjoy this read?
We know that low income and middle income need cash in this tight economy. So how about a currency that is a compliment to cash, similar to a discount coupon, or digital credit, or a low carbon credit. Can you imagine several kinds of money that flow around the Mahoning Valley and never leave but stay circulating in our local economy? A currency that connects producers with customers, labor with need, giving with receiving.
Federal money is designed to be scarce and leave town to trickle up or out to go off shore. We can do better by creating our own local means of exchange. Members of the Time Bank Mahoning Valley are now trading in a better currency, exchanging time among a community membership is simply better money and a wise time investment. Do you want better currency?