- January 14- Kitchen Cabinet Meeting at 9:30 AM at Jennie’s house (1787 Wabash). The Kitchen Cabinet is the leadership group of the TimeBank. We organize events, do outreach for new members, do fundraising, and plan programming.
- Enero 14- Junta de la Mesa Directiva a las 9:30 AM en 1787 Wabash. El gabinete de cocina es el grupo de liderazgo del Banco de Tiempo. Siempre estamos buscando más gente interesada en ser más involucrado con el Banco de Tiempo.
- January 16- TimeBank Happy Hour at Abick’s Bar (3900 Gilbert) from 6-9 PM. Drink specials just for TimeBank members. Bar is cash only. Come hang out with other TimeBankers and have a good time. We’ll also be set up to sign up new members, record transactions, and update profiles.
- January 18- Monthly Game Night at Amanda Holiday’s house (1575 Military St) from 6-8 PM. Bring a dish to share for dinner and your favorite game, or just bring yourself and be ready to learn a game. Game night is every month on the third Wednesday of the month.
- Enero 18- Noche de Juegos Mensual en la casa de Amanda Holiday (1575 Military St) de 6-8 PM. Lleva un plato para compartir y su juego favorito o solo venga listo para aprender un juego nuevo. La noche de juegos es cada tercer miércoles del mes. Evento para toda la familia.
We’re excited to begin offering yoga classes for TimeBank hours. We’re starting with one 6-week session on Monday nights from 6-7:30 PM running January 9-February 13, but with more sessions being added depending on interest. Space is limited so if you’d like to sign up e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or e-mail email@example.com
Plan to bring a yoga mat and a blanket.
One of the principles of TimeBanking is that we value everyone, and everyone’s time, equally. It’s also a principle of American democracy that everyone’s vote is valued equally. The reality is that partisan politics often works in a way that makes some people’s voice matter more than others. We’re partnering with Community Connections and Michigan Voice to gauge public support for changing the way redistricting is done in Michigan, from a partisan system to one run by an independent commission. A few states have already done this, and Michigan could be the next.
So we’re asking you to fill out the form below. Not only will it help to gauge support in reforming Michigan law, for every person who fills it out the TimeBank will get $2 more on a small grant. Thanks!
If you’re not sure how redistricting works now and what gerrymandering is, you might want to check out these videos:
For many years we’ve partnered with Welcoming Michigan on cooking classes that help us to get to know our neighbors from all over the world. This is one of our most popular ways that people “spend” their hours. Not only do we learn how to cook a tasty meal- we also hear the immigration or migration story about a cook’s family coming to Michigan. The classes are free to participate in and the cook receives TimeBank hours for shopping, prep, and teaching time. Check out these great classes coming up, and if you’d like to attend please RSVP to Jennie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cooking class with Chef Bee of Sisters on a Roll Cafe
September 21 at 5:30 PM at Bridging Communities (6900 McGraw). Learn how to make Chicken Tikka Masala at this fun hands on cooking class.
Soup with Sarah
October 8, 1-3 PM at 1787 Wabash. Come learn how to make soups and meet your neighbors.
We’re getting ready for our biggest event ever: A TimeBank Skill Share Fair! Find out what hidden talents are on offer in your neighborhood, and let your neighbors know what you can do for them. At the TimeBank’s Skill Share Fair, everyone’s time is valued equally, regardless of the type of work done–“skilled or “unskilled.” Make new friends and set up exchanges of services.
We’re looking for more folks (individuals, businesses, or organizations) to provide on site services. If you have a talent you can share at the fair please let us know.
Ever since we had our logo redesigned (April 2015),on e of the major desires of Kitchen Cabinet members has been to get it on t-shirts so we can represent the TimeBank everywhere we go. We are lucky in Southwest Detroit to have a youth-run business called Stitching Up Detroit (affiliated with Grace in Action, a TimeBank member) that does screen printing. We decided to get some of our TimeBank youth involved in planning an event where people could learn about screen printing, learn about the TimeBank, and have fun . Three young people started planning in late December about how we should do outreach, what the t-shirts should look like, what sort of activities there should be, what refreshments we should have, and how they could explain to new folks about what the TimeBank is. The folks at Grace in Action were great partners, letting us use their meeting space for free and spending time with us to pick out colors for the t-shirts and think through the best way for the event to work.
On the day of the event we had about 30 people come through and print their own t-shirts and enjoy some pizza. We now have t-shirts that we’ll be able to give to TimeBank members at our events and also sell for a “suggested donation” of $5. It was great to see the young people learn how to pull off an event and lessons for next time.
Our second large outreach event funded by the Self Development of People Committee of the Presbyterian Church was an Ice Skating and Arts+Crafts Party at Clark Park in early March. We were lucky enough to score the last day cool enough for ice at this amazing outdoor rink in the heart of Southwest Detroit. Clark Park also let us use their community room in exchange for TimeBank hours. Over 50 adults and children enjoyed snacks and hot beverages while making tissue paper mosaics, planting seeds, and ice skating. Anyone who signed up for the TimeBank as a new member or updated their account if they were already a member got a raffle ticket . Prizes were donated by TimeBank members Detroit Farm and Garden, Southwest Rides, and Tonya Lewis. Fresh fruit was donated by local grocery store Honey Bee Market. Potting soil for the seed starting was donated by Detroit Farm and Garden. We all had a great time and signed up ten new members.
The family of two youth members of the TimeBank was recently the victim of a string of arsons in our community. Their garage was burned and damage spread to the house damaging the back rooms and the attic. The family lacks homeowners insurance but are still determined to rebuild and keep their home. The TimeBank has been able to rally some help for them in a few ways. Early on a TimeBank member was able to use Bridging Communities Inc’s pick up truck to help them pick up some discounted building supplies to replace and secure the back part of the house. We also gave them a helmet and some other safety equipment we had purchased with a grant from the Self Development of People Committee of the Presbyterian Church.
After the family was threatened with a blight ticket for not having cleaned up all of the debris left over from the fire, we organized a small work day to move and stack all the debris by the road.
With six TimeBank members and two Bridging Communities staff members helping we were able to move everything in less than a couple hours.
Another TimeBank member was able to speak to a city official to get a special bulk pick up. We purchased trash bags and dust masks for the work day with money from the Self Development of People Committee.
a poem by TimeBank member Kim Hunter