Time Bank revitalizes with work party, potluck

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

EUREKA SPRINGS -- With the economy in dire straits and prices for everything going up, wouldn't it be nice to have some things done for you for free that you would normally have to pay for?

And then do something else for others, all without money?

You can, if you join the Eureka Springs Time Bank.

The Time Bank was established earlier this year to provide just such a structure. People earn "time dollars" (i.e., one hour equals one time dollar), providing a service, and then can spend those time dollars receiving a service.

The best part is that exchanges are not necessarily direct. That means that Sally can wash windows for Greg and earn a time dollar for each hour she works, and then spend a time dollar having Mark fix a broken chair for an hour and another time dollar having Sara type up a report for an hour.

Members of the Time Bank have exchanged many services so far this year: roof repair, watering plants, massage, tailoring, hosting a potluck, interior painting, giving music lessons, editing, chainsawing, fencebuilding, yard work, garden consulting, and more.

On Sunday, Nov. 2, the Eureka Springs Time Bank has scheduled a workday at founding Time Bank Coordinator Stacy Mahurin's land, which adjoins Patrice Gros' organic farm off Hwy. 23 North.

Members and friends will be preparing the land and possibly erecting a greenhouse for Stacy, who is starting his own organic farm.

The group will have a potluck, social hour and Time Bank meeting as well, after the work is done.

This will be a great opportunity for members and prospective new members to show their willingness to support and empower the E.S. Time Bank.

Everyone is welcome to this community "barn raising" and will be shown what to do. Those who are physically limited can help in other ways, such as helping organize or cooking for the potluck or playing music.

The event will start at 1 p.m., with work from 1:30 to 4:30, followed by the potluck and music. Everyone is welcome to bring instruments for a jam session.

At 6, there will be a very short Time Bank meeting and signups for anyone who wants to join. Membership is $10 per person per year, with no charge for children under 18.

Directions: On Hwy 23 N (going from Eureka Springs toward Missouri), drive north until you reach the state line (10 miles north of Eureka). Just before the Missouri state line sign on right (green metal sign), turn right on CR 244. Count 3 gates on the right side of the road, the 3rd gate (may be open) is the farm's. Call Patrice at (479) 253-7461 for further information.

For more information on how the Time Bank works, visit timebanks.org or contact Cynthia Morin at (479) 244-6585.

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