Oct 092013
 

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A Time Bank community can’t be delivered to you like a pizza.

I wonder who cares at all about Co-Creating a community. Knitting and knowing your community is non-paid work,  and can only happen if you care and commit to do it together.

Our Time Bank is a member driven organization which needs every member’s participation to help keep it flourishing.  We are asking for each member to contribute at least 12 hours per year of community service to help administer T B M W per year. That’s one hour per month.

If you would like to participate more directly in TBMW’s growth, please choose one or more of the following functions you would work on. For any concerns contact TonyBudak@TBMW.org or call 330-716-2722 to talk about the service gift you are willing to offer.

  1. Outreach, Membership Expansion, Help Administer Our Join Process Marketing / PR
  2. Organizational Membership Development (Merchant, Faith, School, etc.) Exchange Match Maker Team
  3. Connect Members with Ads & Requests
  4. Postmasters, Logging and Editing Exchanges between Members and for TBMW Events
  5. New Member Orientations Team, Help Conduct Introduction Sessions on Time Banking
  6. New Member Buddy (help new members navigate and learn about Time Banking)
  7. Newsletter Contributor, Article Writer, Editor
  8. Sunshine Committee Team, Greeters, Nurture Member Participation/Enthusiasm
  9. Assist with Writing and Editing Procedures, Member Guides, Handbooks, Training Materials
  10. Guardian Angel – Help Members without Internet Access
  11. Sharing Economy Support (help manage web pages, inventory lists, field questions)
  12. Event Committee Member, Help Develop and Promote Events
  13. Assist with Financial Reporting, Dues Management, and Fundraising Activities
  14. Deal Maker, Host and/or Provide Places/Locations for TBMW Events (meetings, potlucks, etc.)
  15. Assist Potluck Coordinator (theming, setup, meal prep, lead activities/games, cleanup, etc.)
  16. Support Team for Time & Talent database, Help Desk, Computer Buddy
  17. Contribute to TBMW’s Web Site Design, Add/Enhance Content
  18. Site Admin / Tech Team / CMS Customization / Featurization
  19. Participate on TBMW’s Management Team or the TBMW Management Advisory Board
  20. Otherwise – What’s your preference?

Together we’ll keep our community operating optimally for you and every member.
Thank you for helping TBMW serve you and our community better!


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Aug 222013
 

Strengthening Communities
The Integrative Potential of Time Banking   ver8.18.13
A Guest Post by Marie Wilson Nelson

Time Bank Mahoning Watershed (http://tbmw.org/) is a community service exchange or “Time Bank,” a collection of people and organizations who connect unused resources with unmet needs. Time Bank Mahoning Watershed is part of an international social change movement grounded in five core values articulated by founder Edgar S. Cahn in No More Throwaway People: The Co-Production Imperative:

  • Assets: We are all assets. Every person has something of value to offer.
  • Redefining Work: Some work is beyond price.
  • Reciprocity: Helping works better as a two-way street.
  • Social Networks: We need each other. People helping each other reweave communities of support, strength and trust.
  • Respect: Every human matters.  When respect is denied to any, all are injured.

Acting on these values our Time Bank fulfills its mission–promoting equality and building a caring, just and sustainable community economy through inclusive exchange of time and talent. The concept is simple. Members help someone for an hour, earn an hour of credit, and spend the credit on services offered by any other member. Reweaving community one exchange at a time, they document exchanges in an online database (http://sandbox.timebanks.org) and revitalize what Cahn calls “the core economy” on which the Market depends. The core economy includes:

  • Raising healthy children
  • Revitalizing neighborhoods
  • Making democracy work
  • Nurturing the spirit
  • Building strong families
  • Strengthening local economies
  • Advancing social justice
  • Making the planet sustainable

In the PBS documentary Fixing the Future, time bankers help each other weatherize homes, access medical care, eat healthier food and take sailing lessons (8-minute clip: http://video.pbs.org/video/1646871620/). They contribute to low-carbon lifestyles, reduce transportation costs and provide services within neighborhoods. They grow capacity for community groups, non-profits, small businesses, and government groups, serving schools, hospitals, churches, libraries, and court systems. They do so by

  • Offering groups an expanded pool of volunteers.
  • Providing something valuable groups can give back to volunteers.
  • Identifying and connecting unused community resources with unmet needs.
  • Incubating new businesses.
  • Facilitating restorative justice.
  • Lowering operational costs.
  • Keeping prices low for businesses, clients and customers.
  • Reducing medical expenses.
  • Helping elders age in place.
  • Mentoring & tutoring.
  • Offering internships and on-the-job training.
  • Reducing tax burdens.
  • Containing administrative costs.
  • Tracking volunteer hours for reporting in funding proposals.

Each of these benefits reverses the opportunity costs of not banking time.   In addition, paying volunteers in Time Bank Hours could support start-ups in underserved communities. A few potential examples come to mind:

  • Weatherization projects                        Solar installations
  • Urban farms                                            Plant nurseries
  • Food preparation and distribution    Canning and preserving
  • Water catchment                                   Backyard garden installation
  • Home building                                       Home repair

Any group aligned with the five core values may partner with a time bank:

In the spirit of reciprocity, Time Banking offers community partners:

  • A complementary currency, the Time Bank Hour, created by doing some work.
  • A means of rewarding unpaid work by converting it to goods and services.
  • A way to reactivate social capital that lies untapped within neighborhoods.
  • Proven models for co-producing each other’s operations.
  • A way to restore community values ignored by the market economy.

If you want to discuss the above ideas, Contact Tony Budak


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Aug 072013
 

A business leaks expanses with unused capacity, empty seats and material sitting on shelves. However, a business can increase profit thru a Time Bank Credit discount. Discounted sales will bring in income for those carrying capacity expenses. There is no profit for those empty seats and those goods sitting on shelves. Offering a time bank discount will reduce empty seats and excess material. A discount to bring in customers is much better than no discount and no customers. It’s a smart business practice with increased customer loyalty.

learning groupConnect Time Bank People to Local Business Via the Local Time Exchange

A business message: Time-In & Time-Out.

People doing community service work for Time Bank Credits are doing ‘Time-In” tasks or projects.

While business and social agency locations that accept Time Bank Credits are ‘Time-Out” spots.  It’s through working together in a Time Bank service exchange that, will help people and organizations meet their goals. see Connected Localism

Are there any other Time-Out spots in your community? Are there any stores or restaurants who would consider providing Time Bank members discount rates. See trading with time credits, click here, now that’s smart business. If you are interested click this link.

If you want to discuss the above ideas, Contact Tony Budak


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