Everyone is interested in building a closer and more interdependent community. I’ve come across mentions of the Kent Community Time Bank on several social media platforms so I thought I’d investigate what it’s all about.

The process involves earning Time Bank dollars for every hour of volunteering you do in your community.

For every hour you spend doing something for someone in your community, you earn one Time Dollar. Then you have a Time Dollar to spend on having someone do something for you. It’s that simple. (TimeBanks.org)

TimeBanks logoMembers of the Time Bank create a list of services they are willing to offer and through discussion groups and meetings you can swap services. Since no actual money is exchanged it’s really a barter system with a simple value placed on each service.

Members offer services as diverse as:

  • Walk your dog
  • Solve your computer issues
  • Have homemade dinners made for you
  • Have a medical phone consultation with a physician
  • Train your dog
  • Learn some Latin
  • Have your hair dyed
  • Brush your pets
  • Clean your refrigerator
  • Learn to make a proper pie crust
  • Photo restoration and Editing
  • Authentic Korean dishes
  • Guitar lessons
  • Child care
  • Biology and/or chemistry tutoring
  • Landscaping Consultation
  • Veterinary Medical consulation with vet tech
  • Japanese Bento Lunch Boxes

Additionally you can learn more about Time Banks in this interview with Edgar Cahn.

So want to know more? There’s a meeting on August 25th at the Stow Community Job Club from 6-9pm.  RSVP on EventBrite.

Location: Stow Community United Church of Christ, 1567 Pilgrim Drive, Stow OH

Please bring a potluck dish to share!