- May 25- Garden Work Day at SW Grows (5807 Renville) 1 PM- 4 PM. We’ll be working to the get the garden ready for planting. Make sure to wear clothes you can get dirty and sturdy shoes to protect your feet. McGraw Resource Stop will provide light refreshments.
- June 2- Kitchen Cabinet Meeting at 6:30 PM at 1787 Wabash. The Kitchen Cabinet is the leadership group of the TimeBank. We do fundraising, plan events, hire staff, and do other things to keep the TimeBank running. We’re always looking for more folks interested in being more involved with the TimeBank. If you’d like to be involved but can’t make this meeting, please get in touch.
- Junio 2- Junta de la Mesa Directiva (El gabinete de cocina) a las 6:30 PM at 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. Si usted quisiera participar pero no puede venir a esta reunión, por favor ponerse en contacto.
- June 4- Bieniek Park Planting Day at Kirkwood and Martin St from 10 AM to 2 PM. We’ll be planting trees and plants at this park that Soutwest Detroit Environmental Vision, Chadsey Condon Community Organization, and Bridging Communities are fixing up. Lunch will be provided
- June 10- TimeBank Guest Bartending Fundraiser at Abick’s (3500 Gilbert St) at 7 PM and into the night. Paul Krystyniak, Jennie Weakley, and Annette Stephens will be staffing the bar and all your generous tips will go to support the TimeBanks programming. We’ll also have Harriette Brown’s Sisters on a Roll food truck selling delicious food out back. We’ll also have a 50/50 raffle and silent auction- also with all the proceeds going to support the TimeBank. Come out with all your friends for fun night out!
- June 20- Family Game Night at Amanda Holiday’s house (1575 Military) from 6-8 PM. Bring a dish to share for a potluck dinner if you can. Feel free to bring your favorite game as well, or just come ready to learn a new game. All ages are welcome.
- Junio 20 – Noche de Juegos en la casa de Amanda (1575 Military St) a 6:00pm. Traer un plato para compartir si se puede. Evento para personas de todas las edades. Traiga su juego favorito o vienen dispuestos a aprender una nueva. Evento es mensual cada tercer miércoles del mes.
- June 26- Landscape Design Class at Detroit Farm and Garden (1759 21st St) from 1-3 PM. This class is free and open to the public but please let them know you heard about it from the TimeBank.
- July 16- First Annual Skillshare Fair: Join us from 11 AM-3 PM at American Indian Health and Family Services (4880 Lawndale). We’ll have tables with TimeBank members offering information and on the spot services (let us know if you’d like a table), activities for kids, and we’ll be “Speed TimeBanking” (trying to meet as many fellow TimeBank members as possible to make connections and arrange for exchanges). More details as they’re available, but mark your calendar and let us know if you’d like to be a part of the planning.
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
Update: We won the most votes for the District 6 People’s Choice Award. YOU ALL made this happen. Thank you so much for your support in all ways and stay tuned for more fun events!
Unity in Our Community TimeBank is deeply honored to be nominated for a 2015 Detroit Community Development Awards People’s Choice Award for District 6. You can vote for us every 24 hours on each device by going to www.detroitpeopleschoiceaward.com. Thanks in advance for your support!
Come out on August 23 from 10 AM- 1 PM to help do some fix up work on Kendal’s house (7249 Penrod). Kendal and her family have taught many cooking classes for the TimeBank and now she’s bought the little house that her grandfather was born in. It’s in rough shape but she’s working to fix it up into a model off-grid living space. Come to hear about the history and future of this Detroit home, help to move it along, and then stay for some pizza and other refreshments afterwards.
Those coming to help are asked to wear closed toe shoes (ideally steel toed, but sneakers are fine), long pants, and bring a long shirt. We’ll have work gloves for all and face masks and hard hats for those doing work that need them, but if you have your own please bring them.
Helpers of all ages and abilities are invited to come along, we’ll be doing everything from light yard work to removing ceiling tiles and old insulation.
If you know for sure you’ll be coming, please let us know so we can plan accordingly, but also feel free to come even if you haven’t told us ahead of time.
The TimeBank has a longstanding relationship with the group Welcoming Michigan, an organization dedicated to creating communities that are welcoming to immigrants. One of the projects we’ve partnered on with them is a series of cooking classes where the person teaching the class tells the story of their/their family’s immigration story and teaches a dish from their/their family’s country of origin. Our first such class in 2015 was a cheesemaking class with Jen Rusciano. Jen’s family is from Italy and she taught 7 members how to make Mozzarella and Ricotta cheeses. The equipment and supplies for class were paid for by Welcoming Michigan and a grant from the Self-Development of People Committee of the Presbyterian Church.
Amanda Holiday is a TimeBank member who has earned many hours hosting a monthly game night at her house. She and her husband bought 2 houses (one to live in, one to rent out) and the vacant lot between them in February. They used some of their TimeBank hours to borrow a large truck and have another TimeBank member help them move. In April once the weather was spring-like we organized a group work day to help them do a clean-up in their yard and in the neighborhood. We raked, took down an old chain link fence, and picked up trash on their property. Then we went to the abandoned houses next door and across the street and raked and picked up trash in their front yard as well. Afterwards we all had a potluck together, and other members who were not able to participate in the work day joined us as well. Yard waste bags for the clean-up and some of the food for the potluck was purchased through a grant from the Self Development of People Committee of the Presbyterian Church