Eastside Time Bank launches in Kirkland

Eastside Time Bank is a response to the recession, and a powerful tool for the citizens of Kirkland to work together through a time and skills exchange system.  The initial launch is just for Kirkland.  It will then expand to East King County in January 2011.

The Time Bank concept is simple:  you spend an hour of time doing something for someone else, and in return receive a time dollar.  You can spend that time dollar on having someone else in the community do something for you. This is accomplished via a website where you have a personal account on which you can list what services you want to give and receive, and where you arrange exchanges with other members. There are over 100 timebanks currently in existence throughout the country, and this is the first one being established in our area.

Attached is a document that has some more information about timebanking and the upcoming pilot, which will start October 1st, 2010.  We are actively recruiting Kirkland residents to join the pilot, and we thought it might be of interest to you. If you are interested, or want more information, contact Margaret Schwender at 206-226-5358, or margschwender@comcast.netwww.eastsidetimebank.org

The first informal, introductory gathering of the Eastside Time Bank potential participants is October 14th from 6:30-8:30pm at Lake Washington United Methodist Church.  The address is 7525 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, Washington.  Mark your calendars, and RSVP at 206 226 5358.