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  1. TimeBank Mahoning Watershed (PAGE) – Learning and Sharing New Economic Strategies at
  2. TimeBank Mahoning Valley (GROUP) for posting offers and requests at
  3. Mahoning Valley Resilience Café (GROUP) to improve our regions’ health and wealth in terms of participants actively engaged in the renaissance occurring in the Mahoning Valley’s communities, towns and cities at
  4. TimeBanks Work (PAGE) – Tony Budak’s Network at
  5. Girard Ohio, TimeBankEngaged as resource to residents, learn what TimeBanking is, and transform our community
  6. WeShare CenterBrick & Mortar Closed while we search for another location? If you have unused or excess floor space to gift to a WeShare Center, call 330-716-2722 or Email –  Currently online (GROUP) at
  7. Time Bank Mahoning Watershed EVENTS Calendar
  8. Time Bank Mahoning Watershed BLOG
  9. Please record non-paid community service time in the member time credit accounts at
  10. Join Time Bank Mahoning Watershed People sharing time, skill, knowledge to build happier healthier communities

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Neighbors Creating Their Future

group-learn-tightsmallA Community-wide Forum and Call to Action
You’re Invited to
Change Mahoning Valley’s Future
Monday Feb. 1, 2016 –  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Austintown Library
600 S Raccoon Rd, Youngstown, OH

Note: all discussion will relate to the overall theme;
Neighbors Creating Their Future

Becoming the best in what we do is a dream we all share.
Please join us to become the best possible

At Time Bank Mahoning Watershed our vision is a network of communities developing through reciprocity where individuals are using their assets in order to enhance their lives, neighborhoods, and communities.

Neighbors Creating Their Future – Do It Ourselves

Becoming the best in what we do is a dream we all share.
~Please join us to become the best possible?
You know we’re in a period of incredible change
~Uncertainty seems to be a way of life and yet…
You want to feel hopeful about the future…about:
~Relationships, family and friends
~Living in the moment, healthy and authentic
~Being part of community and making a difference
~Finding purpose in work and life
So at this forum, let’s start by answering the following question:
~What could happen that would enable you/us to feel fully engaged and energized about our neighborhood communities?
 If at any time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet, go someplace else. Or attend next month’s session.



Strengthening Communities

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The Integrative Potential of Time Banking ver1.23.15
by – Marie Wilson Nelson & Tony Budak

Time Bank Mahoning Watershed ( 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 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— Time Bank Mahoning Watershed, Inc., an umbrella network of Community Groups based on Time Dollars, the currency of equally valued services, the exchange of which empowers individuals to utilize their assets, to enhance their lives, neighborhood and communities — 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 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

Community Partnerships. Time Bank Mahoning Watershed invites groups that are closely aligned with these values to become partners and begin exchanging services. Signed agreements reflect what each group can offer and what each needs. Partners may be businesses, governments, arts associations and social service agencies, neighborhood and community groups, health-care facilities, educational institutions, and faith communities. (Partisan political groups are the exception.) Partnership accounts are designated in several ways:
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  1. non-profit (ORG)
  2. family (FAM)
  3. business (BIZ)
  4. faith-based (FAITH)
  5. club (CLUB)
  6. governmental agency (GOV)
  7. project (PROJ)
  8. educational (EDU)
  9. medical (MED)
  10. arts (ARTS)
  11. Unincorporated community groups (GROUP)

Family Accounts. After some training and after signing an agreement, a parent may set up a family account and manage personal accounts for children and a spouse. Children may then make supervised exchanges, but only the designated parent arranges these exchanges, posts offers and requests, records the Hours exchanged and takes responsibility for family members’ safety and the exchanges they make.

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: 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 under served communities. A few potential examples come to mind:

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


Thanks for interest and work in strengthening community,
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About Us : Time Bank Youth Court

ABOUT US TB Youth CourtA Big Problem Facing Our Community:
Youth of color are more likely than their peers to be arrested, charged, adjudicated delinquent, and detained in a juvenile facility. The ACLU, the ACLU of Ohio, the Children’s Law Center and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender are monitoring these disparities, termed “disproportionate minority contact,” and released a Report Card: Evaluating Juvenile Justice in Ohio.

This project is successfully addressing the following needs:

  • Engage disengaged youth and their families
  • Build long term positive relationships
  • Hold youth accountable for their actions while preventing Juvenile Justice System involvement
  • Shift school culture by peers holding each other responsible for their actions
  • Provide recruitment, positive direction and support for at risk youth/families
  • Strengthen youth/family relationship with LHS, police, peers, and the community
  • Increase parental involvement and community contribution
  • Provide hands on learning of the Justice System
  • Provide leadership and educational opportunities

Disengaged youth are more likely to get into trouble. Youth who have been involved with the Juvenile Justice System are more likely to enter the Adult Correctional System. The Time Bank Youth Court program has been developed over the past seven years based on models located with a long history in (1) Washington, D.C., (2) Dane County, WI, and (3) Bethlehem, PA . It integrates principles such as restorative justice, reciprocity, social networking, respect, focusing on personal strengths rather than deficits, and redefining work with well-researched lessons regarding youth development, resiliency, peer support and mentoring.

This model is designed to intervene with youth whose behavior has shown that they are at risk of criminality which would normally result in their referral to the juvenile justice system. By interacting with community law enforcement in constructive ways, experiencing judgment by their youth peers, working with community members, and responding positively over a 60-day period, young people are able to avoid acquiring a juvenile record. In popular language, they can “turn their life around.”

Our Audience:
The school district, the police department, and the TimeBank work together to provide an alternative for youth who would be receiving citations for their behavior. This collaboration provides a new tool for police officers and school staff, which focuses on a restorative and strength based approach for handling youth behavior in the schools. It helps to strengthen the relationship between youth, families, and the police as well as re-engages youth in their community and school in a more positive way

The Causes of the Problem:
To build an informed and effective citizenry, prepared to deal with the crises of everyday life, more schools, local and state governments, and communities are searching for ways to provide civic engagement programming for youth. A Path to Civic Engagement, September 2003

We begin our partnership by doing a small community based youth court pilot. We would focused on one specific neighborhood and have neighborhood officers referring appropriate youth to the youth court. We will record specific data to start with allowing the project to be more contained and easier to measure in terms of effectiveness. It’s anticipated that the police write a significant number of tickets in the area high schools, so we hope to explore moving our community based youth court program into other high schools. We plan talking about the needs of each organization as well as our capacity. If it is apparent that all parties felt the best approach is additional youth courts, we would explore locations.

Short-Term Results:
Eligible youth are redirected into the Time Bank Youth Court at the point of arrest by police officers at each school, prior to being entered into the formal juvenile justice system, giving offenders the option of avoiding a juvenile record. The referred youth’s case is then heard by a trained jury of his or her peers. The jury gives a sentence using restorative justice principles, and the respondent has 60 days to complete the program. If he or she is successful, no arrest record is created by the Police Department and nothing appears on their record. This model promotes leadership development, long-term positive relationships, and recreational, service, skill-building and economic opportunities for teens and their families. It provides a social framework and activities that help divert a youth from disruptive or anti-social activities.

Medium-Term Results:
By allowing offending youth to receive a meaningful sanction from a jury of their peers rather than incarceration or further punishment, Youth Courts have been shown to be cost-efficient prevention and intervention strategies throughout the country. Participation in Youth Courts has been demonstrated to reduce recidivism rates while helping young people develop positive connections to their community. A Youth Court also provides non-offending youth the chance to gain knowledge of the legal system, develop leadership skills, public speaking skills, and ongoing positive relationships with adults and peers, and get involved more directly with their school and community. All participants learn the value of reciprocity and have the experience of helping others.

Through the TimeBank, such understanding and self-efficacy is enhanced through service to others. At the conclusion of the youth’s sentence, youth are given the option to continue participation and earn TimeBank Hours for their service. The transition from mandated services to involvement in the TimeBank sustains the benefits of the Youth Court experience. Sentences are specifically designed to encourage this.

Long-Term Impacts:
The project has been successful in achieving the following program goals/objectives:
Goals/outcome objectives for referred youth:

  • Diverting youth from the formal Juvenile Justice system into a community-based network that provides tools needed for success and holds youth accountable to their peers, school, and those wronged by their offense.
  • Experiencing being “judged” by peers introduces positive peer pressure, resulting in the offender feeling more accountable and their consequences more meaningful. Youth become more aware of how their actions affect those around them and are less likely to make the same mistake again. This has led to fewer tickets written, fewer disciplinary problems, and a safer school environment.
  • Maintaining an ongoing relationship with youth. This helps avoid recidivism by connecting youth with members of their community and their school through skill-building, leadership development and other positive activities.

Goals/outcome objectives for all participants:

  • Engaging disengaged youth/families by increasing the number of youth/families who are actively involved in volunteering, service learning or other contributing roles in their homes, schools and communities. Demonstrating active linkages established to their community, school, and peers and maintaining these positive relationships.
  • Increasing the number of young people providing assistance to other youth.
  • Breaking down social barriers and increasing positive interaction of youth from different ethnic, geographic, or socio-economic backgrounds, including youth from different social groups within the school or surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Providing leadership opportunities, skills and rewards for participating in the governance, program development or evaluation of the Youth Court.
  • Providing opportunities, skills and support that strengthen the youth’s ability to obtain employment or further education.
  • Strengthening participants relationship with the law enforcement, school officials, and other authorities.

Sources and References:

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ISO [ Free Space ]

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In Search of Temporary [Free Space]

Think about it? Imagine a temporary space for lasting change.

[freespace] fosters creativity, community, and civic innovation through the gift of free space. It could be an unused garage, empty store /  business, or even a warehouse.

What could you do if you had the space and social infrastructure to freely organize around creative ideas and projects in your city?

[ freespace ] is a movement dedicated to liberating unused, local commercial, private, public and local government spaces to foster more powerful communities – ones where you are encouraged to share your stories, skills and vision for the benefit of those nearest to you.

The first [freespace] came into existence on June 1st, 2013 as a one month experiment in a 14,000 sq ft warehouse in San Francisco, with a small but passionate team of everyday people who responded to the simple question ‘Imagine if’. The power of a temporary space to convene collective energies and ideas has been remarkable. We are creating the tools for this concept to be replicated in other places and other times – by us, by you, and by others.

Please join the organizing team and make [ freespace ] happen here in the Mahoning Valley, contact

Support a Culture of Sharing

Local Network

A Call to

Celebrate Our Mahoning Valley

Culture of Sharing

Spread the word that Time Bank Mahoning Watershed is IN SEARCH OF community members, +Valley Champions with Dreams+, to showcase local collaborative giving and receiving in the Mahoning Valley in 2015.

Some suggested events, programs, projects, are listed in the following
+Dream Space: Events, Programs, Projects, Organization – Locations, and Goals+

+Events (Lead by a Champion Team):+
Share fest
Really Free Market
Repair Café
Game Time
Wellness Fair
Crafters Anonymous
Abundance Swap
Bring and Share Fest
Benches Collective
(Tell us if there something else that you’ll commit to share and do?

+Programs (on going, Lead by a Champion team):+
Girard Time Bank
Time Bank Store
Time Bank Youth Court
Business Awareness/Education
Front Yard Gardens (FYG) Program
Seed Library
Tool Library
Bike Kitchen
Street Ambassador
Map Jam
Borrowing Shop – library of things
TIME OUTS – Various Venues
(Tell us if there something else that you’ll commit to share and do?

+Projects (on going by Champion team or Coord):+
Library Patron
Business Patron
Kids & Youth Project
Medical Transportation
Care Brigade
TBMW newsletter
TBMW Facebook
(Tell us if there something else that you’ll commit to share and do?

+Possible Organization – Locations:+
Saxon Club
Girard Multi Gen Cntr.
Warren Court House Sq.
First Presbyterian Church
Creekside Golf Dome
City/Publis Spaces
Local Community Parks
(What other possible venues could serve as hosting organizations ?

+Among the goals of Time Banking, we build thriving communities in the Mahoning Valley through local community’s conversation leading to a change of culture along the following indicators:+
Passive engagement ___________ to active engagement

Staff and administration led ______ to citizen led
Beneficiary of service __________ to co-producer of service
Client or volunteer focus ________ to membership base
Individualism _______________ to mutualism

Practice reciprocity by doing something for your community and your community will do something for you? It’s the time bank way.

Learn about TBMW Service Exchange, Join Mahoning Valley Champions, or call Tony Budak, 330-716-2722

Time Bank 2015 Sharing CHALLENGE

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Support our Valley’s Culture of Sharing

Mahoning Valley 2015


Share workingJoin the conference call
Wednesday, April 1, 2015,
9 AM – 10 AM – EST
Dial: (805) 399-1200
Access Code: 160029#

Mahoning Valley’s 2nd Season of ShareFest Actions to showcase local collaborative giving and receiving. Bring your passion, hobbies, skills, and knowledge to the faces of Northeast Ohio’s sharing economy.