Since the beginning of the Great Recession, time banking has emerged as way to help local communities flourish in a time of unemployment and underemployment. A time bank is a community organization that operates on the alternative currency of equally-valued services in a pay it forward model.
Time bank members offer their skills to others in exchange for time credits that accumulate online. An hour of any kind of work — home repair, child care, professional services, food delivery, house cleaning, and providing transportation are just a few examples — can be "banked" and then redeemed in exchange for any other services. All work is counted as equal.
Since it began in central Ohio, the Care and Share Time Bank (CSTB) has exchanged 3,518 hours of work among 232 members. If you'd like to learn more about time banking, the monthly CSTB potluck and meeting will be held on Sunday, September 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 West Weisheimer Road in Columbus.
All are welcome. Bring food to share and donate any surplus items to the sharing table. This month member Debbie Shaw, a local thespian and storyteller, will entertain us with a few of her favorite stories.