Columbia Community Exchange: Time Banking Program
Columbia Community Exchange Time Bank
Columbia Community Exchange is a community-based Time Banking program offered by the Columbia Association to provide an opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors through the mutual exchange of everyday services. Using Time Dollars as an exchange instead of money allows a member to earn a Time Dollar for every hour of service provided and then use the Time Dollars to purchase services from any member in the network. Through the sharing of our needs and gifts, we sustain a member-driven community exchange where everyone can be a contributor, turning "you need me" into "we need each other."
Time Dollars are a type of community currency that anyone can earn by using their time, energy, skills, and talents to help others. Time Dollars value everyone's contribution equally, allowing each person to be a part of the solution. Columbia Community Exchange members can provide all types of services, including house painting, gardening, minor home repair, transportation, computer maintenance, tutoring, etc. Services may vary widely depending on the skills, talents and abilities of the current members.
All new members must attend an orientation. Regular orientation sessions are held the third Monday of every month at 10 a.m. at The Barn and also one Saturday each month. Arrangements for orientation/training can be made by contacting the Time Banking office at 410-884-6121.
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