Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Personal high points were Lisa's Smokey chowder and the Deviled Chicken Soup. The fluffy fresh-baked dinner rolls were as heavenly (and comforting) as sweet slabs of layer cake. What were your favorites?
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Feb 5 we have a community social in Salem - a Soup Swap where people bring crock pots of hot soup, hang around and talk -listen to five minutes about time banking - then just enjoy themselves on a wintery Sunday afternoon. Leftovers go home with attendees.
We are committed to moving our information sessions around to Southern Washington County communities, and within a month of an info session, holding a social (with a theme). Next info session will be in March on Schuylerville.
The other piece we are working on is having a planned presence in communities, meaning every week (or two) someone is available in a public place for conversation about time banking. For some it means simply being in their regular place (for example, I have breakfast most Fridays in Schuylerville) and announcing that for anyone interested in stopping by. Argyle Library is almost ready to start.
How about you? Do you have a place in your community where you can be found on a regular basis? Would you be willing to talk about your time banking experiences on a one to one basis?
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
It the sort of thing we easily offer to a friend or close neighbor - just lending a hand - without compensation.
Today a friend is feeling a little under the weather and his wife is out of town for work. I thought about the quarts of chili I have in the freezer and offered to bring him some. I don't want to get an hour for this, but it keeps me thinking. I happen to know he could use a little help, he's a friend as well as a neighbor. But what about the neighbors whose needs I don't know? There are many around me with whom our friendly exchanges are not much more than "how are you holding up this winter?" Maybe they would welcome a pint of chili or someone to take them to the grocery or pick up their order at the Farmer's Market on this very cold day. Short of calling around the neighborhood, I can't know who could use a little help.
The time bank doesn't necessarily cover all the little changes in our life - but we can post things like: I broke my foot and can't drive for 3 weeks - I need help running errands. Or - I have the flu and would love to have a couple servings of homemade soup to see me through (and maybe a couple boxes of those ultra soft tissues.)
Sometimes it is easier to think of giving than receiving, but just writing those two fictional needs made me feel warm. How sweet it is to wish for connection and nourishment, to simply ask for help and have a kind person step up to offer. I am almost inclined to think this is the way of all guardian angels.
It's what we do for each other. But it goes beyond what we can do for friends and people we know. We reach for another level of our character to offer a hand to those we don't know, whether or not we get something in exchange. We feel good. But for those who find themselves doing a lot for others (in so many ways, including through our work), it's nice to be acknowledged, to earn a time bank hour, and to use it to get a little support for ourselves.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Battenkill Time Traders New Member Orientation
Wednesday, November 9th at 7 pm
Greenwich Library, Main Street
What if you could get an hour (or more) of some service you need without having to pay cash for it? It could be almost anything – gardening, computer help, canning, small repairs – what do you need? What skills could you offer?
Battenkill Time Traders, a group of your neighbors from southern Washington County, are hosting an orientation to explain how time trading (also called time banks) works. Attendees have the opportunity to meet other members and learn how time trading can enhance your community. Automatically earn three hours for your account when you sign up for active membership.
Our January orientation will be held in Salem NY.
For more information visit our website: Battenkill.timebanks.org
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