Eastside Time Bank online exchange - a unique community service

If you’ve been thinking about donating an hour of your time to help a neighbor or someone in need of your special hidden talents, the Eastside Timebank of King County just made it easy for you. Every hour of service that you provide to someone in the community earns you one “time dollar” which can be exchanged for an hour of service from another member. All services are valued equally. An online database, www.Eastsidetimebank.org, makes it easy to see what skills and services your neighbors have to offer, and what services they need, so you can match your skills and needs with others in the community. The City of Kirkland has joined a pilot program in which annual membership fees are waived from October 2010 through January 2011. Kirkland Timebankers are invited to an introductory “meet-and-greet” on October 14 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Lake Washington United Methodist Church, 7525 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA. For more information, email info@Eastsidetimebank.org.

Donated services can be made to and from individuals and groups. The types of help you might provide to another person or association include minor home repair, transportation, haircuts, moving assistance and tutoring. Joining the Eastside Timebank requires completing an application, agreeing to a Washington State background check, and signing a liability release form.

For more about the City of Kirkland’s participation in the Eastside Timebank, contact Carrie Hite, Parks & Community Services Department at 425-587-3320 or chite@ci.kirkland.wa.us or Margaret Schwender at 206-226-5358 or margschwender@comcast.net.