Help Empower Timebank Communities Around the World

by Time Dollar Institute, Inc. dba TimeBanks.Org
Help Empower Timebank Communities Around the World
Help Empower Timebank Communities Around the World
Help Empower Timebank Communities Around the World
Help Empower Timebank Communities Around the World

We hope you’re having a beautiful start to April.

The past couple of months have been a time of gatherings, reflection, and revival as our global community carved the space to remember the life and legacy of our beloved founder, Edgar Cahn, who passed away on January 23, 2022. 

A revolutionary in the world of law, Edgar changed the legal landscape of the United States and created timebanking as a beautiful expression of his passion for justice, which has been adopted worldwide in 42 countries.  He left behind an immense legacy of planting seeds of change, which we are committed to continuing.

Timebanking UK hosted the 4th Annual International Timebanking Day with support from us at TimeBanks.Org on what would have been Edgar’s 87th birthday on March 23rd and the Sunday prior.  We got to hear about all the amazing ways people are building their communities in India, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mexico, Canada, the UK, and here in the U.S - a wonderful celebration of timebanking on Edgar’s birthday.

March 23, 2022 has also been declared Edgar Cahn Day in Washington, DC. Step into Edgar Cahn's Legacy by clicking on the link provided below to read the Ceremonial Resolution.

Today, we are very excited to launch Edgar’s Legacy: Plant Seeds of Change!  Every day for 5 days, from April 4th - 8th, we will be sharing the personal stories of individuals whose life and work have been impacted by Edgar.  It is tied with the Little by Little matching funds campaign to help raise funds to continue his legacy, with a bigger goal of spreading awareness of Edgar's Legacy by sharing - and calling for - stories that will hopefully inspire others to take action.  Watch TimeBanks.Org Board Member Artika Tyner’s powerful video below!

We invite you to help us launch Edgar’s Legacy. The funds we raise through the campaign will be dedicated as seed funding for the project that is selected to receive the “SEEDS OF CHANGE” Legacy Award.

This is our way of supporting changemakers plant their own seeds of change through Edgar’s Legacy.

“Why wait for a dying, archaic system to fix itself? We have plenty of people, plenty of work to be done, and an equal time on this Earth. We can do better." - Edgar Cahn 

We can’t wait to spread all the awesome things that Edgar fired up and expand the beautiful communities we are creating.  A new world of caring and stronger communities is here.

Thank you as ever for your support.  Looking forward to moving forward together.

"Positive change looks like you and I."
"Positive change looks like you and I."

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Donna at Barrio Alegria
Donna at Barrio Alegria

Hello from TimeBanks.Org!

Our TimeBank community is growing stronger and better together. Members are sharing more, connecting more, and healing together. The Town Halls and the coordinator calls have tripled in attendance, just to hear each other’s stories. Collaborating with TimeBank coordinators and community leaders has been an amazing experience. We know that building this integrated movement and bringing together groups and individuals, who are already working on real transformative approaches towards meaningful change, IS THE MAGIC that creates abundant and healthy lives.

Read on for the stories, expanding initiatives, plus a bonus – a cherished recipe for food lovers!

The Wealthiest Woman in Reading

Donna Marie arrived from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The single mother and her three children looked for a better future in Reading, Pennsylvania.  This city  has been fighting poverty and disinvestment for decades. When she arrived, Donna immediately realized that life in Reading would not be the same as in San Juan. While she lived in Puerto Rico, Donna worked as a community liaison for Residencial Las Margaritas and was always involved in her community through local charity organizations. Her neighborhood had built a support network that took care of each other and offered help in case of need. But Hurricane Maria proved to be too much. After Maria, the infrastructure of the island proved beyond difficult with scarce water and food, and a failing electrical system, so she decided to move in with her parents in Pennsylvania. 

When she arrived in Reading she found the same values from her island reflected in the organization Barrio Alegria: At Barrio we share everything. READ MORE and get Donna's recipe.

TimeBanks.Org sponsors the TimeForAll Timebank

We are excited to announce that TimeBanks.Org now sponsors the TimeForAll Timebank, a timebank designed specifically for timebank coordinators. This global timebank gives coordinators from all over the world a chance to share experiences and create a community of changemakers, exchange time credits for valuable skills, resources, mentorship and even a spare room if needed! 

It is important to us to support coordinators and continue to nurture those who are pioneers in building timebank communities. This month’s guest presenter on their monthly call shared her wealth of experience with board development which can be crucial to any organization. Here’s what our facilitator, Abby, had to say about the call:

“Today's call was INCREDIBLE!  Our guest gave us a whirlwind tour of board structure. It was informative and relatable. I loved the question and answer portion which just endears me to this community of coordinators even more. I'm so proud of what we do. Furthermore, a 10 minute addition after the call led us to our next guest speaker who will talk about how having a paid coordinator made a HUGE difference in their New Zealand timebank. She will also discuss the collaboration between sustainability type organizations and timebanking and how that relationship is WORKING!”

Last but not least, St. Pete Timebank is on the news!  Watch the news report below (click on the first link).

Who would have known that we would live through a years-long pandemic, to find and be inspired by that old adage – that true abundance is found in ourselves, in each other, and in our communities.

From our team to you and yours, sending you warm wishes during this holiday season.



St. Pete Timebank on the news!
St. Pete Timebank on the news!

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Dr. Artika Tyner's powerful story
Dr. Artika Tyner's powerful story

Hello from TimeBanks.Org!

We hope your Summer is off to a good start, and for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, a happy Winter to you.

It has been a long pandemic and our team has stayed on mission to build the timebanking movement by cultivating CONNECTION.  

Here are some highlights over the Spring that we’d like to share with you: 

2nd International Timebanking Day – an annual celebration on our founder, Edgar Cahn’s birthday, March 23rd 

This year’s celebration was phenomenal.  We hosted two calls with over 180 people who joined us from all over the world including New Zealand, Korea, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, and Switzerland.  Our invited speakers were INSPIRING and POWERFUL.  Hear this snippet from TimeBanks.Org board member, Dr. Artika Tyner.   

Abby Greer on our team, who is also the founder of one of the largest timebanks in the U.S., Crooked River Alliance of TimeBanks, had these words to share after the call:

 

“Hearing stories and watching videos of timebanking around the world has changed me.  I feel so connected to all of these people who understand the power of exchanging time.  It's the first time I have ever felt so connected globally.
We built our local timebank and found instant community - I guess it shouldn't come as such a shock that the same kind of community exists all over!  I am just humbled.  I am also grateful to the people of Kent, Ohio who believed this would work.  BTW, I got a few messages from other countries who have been watching us.  Um, WOW.....
During the call, Edgar Cahn asks, 'What is our purpose?' The seasoned timebankers seem to know.” 

We look forward to next year’s celebration which will be hosted by Timebanking UK!

 

Town Hall Virtual Calls – every 3rd Sunday of the month 

We launched the monthly Town Halls in April this year as a way for timebank members to share and hear each other’s personal stories and have a conversation with timebanking founder, Edgar Cahn and co-host, Christine Gray. 

Anyone can join.  The current series is a deep dive into timebanking’s core values, focusing on one core value every call.  The one-hour calls have been rich and illuminating and are gaining popularity with more and more people sharing their voices.  They give us a chance to have worthwhile conversations on timebanking’s highest priorities, deeply held beliefs, and provide a foundation for building our communities.  

The next call is this Sunday, July 18th, at 4pm Eastern time.  We will be talking about our core value, Redefining Work.  Click on the link at the bottom if you’d like to join us LIVE.

Your Impact 

We are grateful for your support and for making our Little by Little Matching Campaign in March a success.  Your donations have a big impact on our capacity to grow timebanks.  We were able to expand our outreach this year by hiring Abby, as mentioned above, on our team.  Abby has built her timebank from the ground up since 2010 and has recorded a whopping 89,302 hours exchanged today!  Now timebanks from all over can draw from her deep experience.

THANK YOU as ever for your contributions and kind words.  We hope you will continue helping us build happier and healthier communities.

Town Hall on "Redefining Work" - June 2021
Town Hall on "Redefining Work" - June 2021
Team prep for International Timebanking Day
Team prep for International Timebanking Day

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Sandy with her partner, Cecil
Sandy with her partner, Cecil

Hello from our TimeBanks.Org Team!   

Since our last update, we have some exciting news for you but we want to first share this recent story about how timebanking impacted Sandy’s life:

  

“I recently lost my life partner Cecil of 11 years back at the beginning of the pandemic. I was distraught and scared with no income coming in. The founder of the St. Pete Timebank, BJ Andryusky, arranged a food train, donations and support on my behalf helping me through a very difficult time. I am truly blessed by the community outpour of support from the St. Pete Timebank.  It was very comforting to have someone call me every week to check on me and to see if I needed anything. They also did that for the elderly members in our Timebank as well. This is the most charitable group of people that I am happy to be a part of.” - Sandy from the St. Pete Timebank, Florida, USA 

We send our deepest condolences to Sandy and at the same time, we are moved that her timebank community was there for her.

New Leadership at TimeBanks.Org 

We are now officially TimeBanks.Org and are doing some rebranding and streamlining - new look, new logo, and most important, a new Executive Director!  We welcome Krista Wyatt who realizes the potential of a relationship-driven movement powered by reciprocity.  Krista has an instinctive preference for partnering over hierarchy, and an appreciation of the visionary impact that every hour that we give is priceless because it is our slice of eternity. (see team photo below) 

Thank you for helping us provide MORE software features for Coordinators!

We are committed to providing cutting-edge software so that our coordinators can manage their timebanks and their members can intuitively and easily find each other, make exchanges and view offers and requests.  Timebank coordinators are taking advantage of our newest feature for their Community Weaver Software - the TAG. The St. Pete Florida timebank is using the new tag feature to filter all of their members who are earning or spending time credits with their youth program with one click.  Not only does this allow for easy communications, it also helps collect data for their timebank.

Donors like you have contributed to the improvement of our software that timebanks rely on.  We currently have over 100 tickets in for new upgrades and features requested by those who are coordinating timebanks all over the world.  With your continued support, we can fulfill coordinators' requests by providing more new features to make timebank exchanges so much easier.

March 8-12 is the Little by Little Matching Campaign.  This means that for 5 days starting today, donations up to $50 will be matched at 50%.  And if you make a monthly donation, GlobalGiving will give a one-time 100% match! Can we count on you to renew your support?  Now is a good time to give.

Thank you so much for supporting a new kind of community that is based on care, kindness, respect and reciprocity.

Presenting our new leader, Krista Wyatt!
Presenting our new leader, Krista Wyatt!

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Sharde Smith holding up the masks she made.
Sharde Smith holding up the masks she made.

Hello from TimeBanks USA! 

We’re writing to thank you for helping us build communities through your donation. 

As we step into November and the upcoming U.S. election here in Washington, DC, our faces masked, we look at the unfamiliar landscape we find ourselves in.  The world as we’ve known it has changed indeed, the pandemic has impacted our way of living in unforeseen ways. We don’t hug each other, we stay at home.  It’s easy to be discouraged by the times we are in… and for how long? 

What questions are you asking these days?  

For us at TimeBanks USA, that same question arises:  what can we do for each other? 

In Newburgh, New York, “Together We Can Timebank” Founder, Damian DePauw, has chosen to respond by both empowering and leaning into his community through powerful action.  With Damian's permission, we are sharing his story below with you. 

“When COVID-19 first hit us here in New York we were the hotspot for the virus.  I have people I know who have lost loved ones to this horrible pandemic.  It is not like me to sit on my hands if there is an urgent need in my community and I had to do something.  At that time, there was a severe shortage of masks for healthcare workers and the CDC was advising that homemade cotton masks were a suitable solution given the emergency.  I run another program at IMPACT!, Inc. that is the Newburgh Repair Cafe.  At the Newburgh Repair Cafe, I have many ‘repair coaches’ who volunteer to help people fix people's beloved but broken items: bicycles, computers, small appliances, etc... I knew several timebankers and volunteers who have sewing skills as they have helped man the sewing repair station at the Newburgh Repair Cafe to repair ripped articles of clothing and such.   So I reached out to some of them and ‘Sewing to Stop the Spread’ was born.  Since that time I have recruited over 80 volunteers throughout Orange County, NY and together, we have provided over 8,000 home-made facemasks to people in our area who need them.  I travel around Orange County, NY to supply volunteers and timebankers with sewing supplies and sewing machines so they don't have to leave home.  I also pick up finished batches of masks and deliver them to organizations who need them. 

I started Individuals Making Positive Advancement in their Communities Together, Inc. (IMPACT!, Inc.) because I believe in the power of average, every-day people to make significant changes within their own communities by volunteering or timebanking to help each other and address the broader needs of the community.  I have several mini-initiatives that run through Together We Can Timebank.  Together We Clean Newburgh, for example, is an initiative to award time bank credit for people who are willing to clean trash off of the streets and sidewalks in Newburgh around where they live or work.  Together We Heal is an initiative to address health disparities and encourage poor people who usually cannot afford specialized wellness activities to spend their time credits for yoga classes, acupuncture, aromatherapy, and vegan cooking classes (all of which have established partnerships here in Newburgh who accept timebank credit for payment for their classes or therapies)."  

We hope Damian has inspired you the way he inspires us.  None of us could have planned for how the year 2020 has unfolded, but Damian reminds us of the power of community and what we can do when we come together during difficult moments. 

Thank you so much again for helping us build timebank communities. 

Your contribution makes it possible for TimeBanks USA to support timebanks like Damian’s by providing timebanking software which tracks the hours exchanged in the community and lets people see what’s being offered and requested.  With your support, we are able to provide resources and connectivity for timebanks to build on each other’s progress.  

We continue to face uncertainty, but there is always something we can do, individually and collectively.  We can choose to show up in the midst of fear. 

Change is here.  We hope you’ll continue to create impact by supporting the timebank movement. 

Sincerely,

Pam and the TimeBanks USA Team

 

P.S.  Do you have a story about your community that you’d like to share? Please send it to us by sending an email to pam@timebanks.org and we’ll spread it for you.

Together We Can Timebank's Damian & Karisma DePauw
Together We Can Timebank's Damian & Karisma DePauw

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