ChangingÂ the world, one community at a time
Coming Senior Tsunami: Huge Care Shortfall
10,000Â people are turning 65 in the USÂ every day. These people are our grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and friends. With theÂ rapidlyÂ growing demand for health care (costingÂ billions of dollars), budget deficits, and government program cutbacks, our loved ones areÂ notÂ receiving the care they need and deserve.
What can we do to help theÂ Caregiving Scarcity?Â You guessed it â€“Â TimeBanking!
ThroughÂ TimeBankingÂ we can provide a community based, self-empowered supply of informal health care. Each time exchange creates friendships, a support system, and community.Â TimeBankingÂ increases self-esteem, improves community engagement, and increases access to the care senior is our community need.
So do you want to help develop community based care? If so, have an informal care event or time exchange, write your congressman about the strengths ofÂ TimeBankingÂ or share your ideas on ourÂ FacebookÂ andTwitterÂ pages.
Looking for Newsletter Authors
As the summer comes to an end, this will be our last newsletter for a while. However, if we build a newsletter team, we can restart our newsletter for the fall. If you would like to join our newsletter team, please let us know atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org! We can also give out time credits. Authors who join our NationalÂ TimeBankÂ (http://tbusa.timebanks.org/) can earn time credits.Â JÂ
Community Weaver 3 Update:
We are in the home stretch for Community Weaver 3 (CW 3.0), which is the new, improved version of ourÂ timebankingÂ software. CW 3.0 brings greater flexibility for coordinators and new features that will help with building and organizingÂ timebankÂ member activities. For ease of use on any sized screen, CW 3.0 will â€œsize to fit.â€ This means that CW 3.0 will be easy to use, regardless of the shape or size of the screen, from phones, to notebooks to computers.
An inspired and energizedÂ team of volunteerÂ timebankÂ members andÂ timebankÂ coordinators is testing the new software. How long will that take? Two weeks to complete the task would be fast. A month would be slow.Â Our projection, therefore, is September â€“ but exact date TBA.
With the initial testing complete and bugs fixed, the software will then be ready for real world use.Â We will start with just a small number ofÂ timebanksÂ who will report back on their experience. New fixes will be made if needed for usability. CW 3.0 will then be ready to be sent out into the world for everyone.Â AllÂ timebanksÂ will then have their own, custom test version so they can try it out in their own time before switching over from CW 2.Â To get an early view of the CW3 design, we invite you to read theÂ CW3 articleÂ in theÂ July 2014 e-Magazine.
TimeBanksÂ in the News:
Missoula Time BankÂ
Hosting and/or attending a Repair Cafes is one of the many fun group activitiesÂ TimeBanksÂ participate in. Here is a fun article explainingÂ 10 Cool Reasons to Attend Repair CafÃ©.
PhilosophiesÂ of Timebanking
As many of you will know, there are core values that drive theÂ success of TimeBanks. Keeping in mind these values allows members toÂ have a deeper understanding and appreciation of their TimeBankÂ exchanges. Watch the awesomeÂ LongÂ Beach timebanking videoÂ to see these core values in action. TheyÂ are:
1.)Assets:Â We all have something to give.
2.)Redefining Work:BuildingÂ community is real, valuable work.
3.)Reciprocity:HelpingÂ works better as a two-way street.
4.)SocialÂ Networks:PeopleÂ joined in shared purpose are stronger than individuals.
5.)Respect:EveryÂ human being matters.
ToÂ find a TimeBank near you, please visit ourÂ Directory.
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