ChangingÂ the world, one community at a time.
Stephanie’sÂ Blurb: Welcome
WelcomeÂ to TimeBanks USA’s Summer Newsletter! We are excited to bring youÂ updates and information about the 2014Â Global Exchange GatheringÂ inÂ Rhode Island at the end of July, as well as TimeBanks in generalÂ throughout the summer.
MyÂ name is Stephanie. This summer I am an Administrative-Program InternÂ for TimeBanks USA. I am excited about becoming a part of theÂ international TimeBanking movement. I was recently able to go toÂ Bread for the City Time Bank and Disco Soup’s event held inÂ Washington, DC. The organization SayÂ No To Food WasteÂ hasÂ a great
video of the event. ItÂ was such a great way to get a taste of how timebanking works, and theÂ community that it builds and invigorates. I met so many people withÂ different interests and talents. Everyone was open, welcoming, andÂ willing to share their thoughts and experiences.
ThroughÂ this newsletter and more, I hope to better connect with the world ofÂ timebanking, and help in any way that I can.
IfÂ there is anything that you, or someone you know, would like to share
with the rest of the timebanking community, please let me know atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org!
We also welcome anyone who would like to write a piece for the
TheÂ 2014 GlobalÂ Exchange Gathering in Rhode Island, hosted by the NewÂ Hope Time Exchange is quickly approaching! It will be anÂ opportunity to connect with people around who believe in communityÂ building. Come learn about timebanking, transition towns,Â complementary currencies, and cooperative practices. The GlobalÂ Exchange Gathering will be held from July 31 – August 3, 2014. ForÂ more information and to register, click here.
TimeBankingÂ in the News
The BrattleboroÂ Time Trade, a timebank in Brattleboro, Vermont, was recentlyÂ featured in an articleÂ on Yahoo! Shine! For someone relatively new to timebanking, it was aÂ great way to see the many different types of services, and how theyÂ were exchanged. Looking to the future, I can only believe thatÂ timebanking will continue to grow and evolve.
AÂ Special Thank You
OnÂ Friday, June 13th,Â 2014, doctor and philanthropist Richard Rockefeller died in a tragicÂ plane crash near West Chester County Airport in New York. Mr.Â Rockefeller was instrumental in supporting the timebanking initiativeÂ beginning in the 1990s through generous donations of time and funds.Â In 1997, he hosted a conference that gave new life to timebanking. HeÂ dedicated much of his time to bringing timebanking to the state ofÂ Maine, and established the first statewide timebanking network. Mr.Â Rockefeller was also a member of the TimeBanks board, and wasÂ responsible for finding and funding Kent Gordon, the specialist whoÂ developed TimeÂ Keeper, one of
the early timebanking softwares. To read a great article in theÂ Portland PressÂ HeraldonÂ him and see a photo, please clickÂ here.
TimeBanksÂ USA would like to extend their condolences to the Rockefeller family,Â and ask that we all take a moment to remember his great work.
PhilosophiesÂ of Timebanking
As many of you willÂ know, there are core values that drive the success of TimeBanks.Â Keeping in mind these values allows members to have a deeperÂ understanding and appreciation of their TimeBank exchanges. Watch theÂ awesome LongÂ Beach timebanking video to see these core values in action. TheyÂ are:
Assets:WeÂ all have something to give.
Redefining Work:BuildingÂ community is real, valuable work.
Reciprocity:HelpingÂ works better as a two-way street.
Social Networks:PeopleÂ joined in shared purpose are stronger than individuals.
Respect:EveryÂ human being matters.
ToÂ find a TimeBank near you, please visit our Directory.
IfÂ you are interested in contributingÂ toÂ the TimeBanking Movement, please click here.
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