West Seattle Timebank Update

Tamsen Spengler came to South West District Council about a new project for the WS Timebank, which she leads as its president.   First, a quick history – timebanking is “an exchange of services between neighbors,” a concept born on the East Coast, which has spread to 350 timebanks across the U.S., including one founded in WS three years ago. WSTB now has 109 members – say, you go wash your neighbors’ windows, and the time you spend doing that goes in the bank so you can use it to get help with something that you want. The new project: They’re seeking a more diverse membership and are planning to reach out to various cultural communities in the area; they applied for and received a $21,000 city Department of Neighborhoods grant to help with that. They’ll be working with the White Center Community Development Association, the Vietnamese Cultural CenterSouthwest Youth and Family Services, among others. The grant money will be used for translating materials and to hire interpreters for upcoming community meetings. WSTB is also hiring a part-time coordinator, and will have food and child care at monthly meetings. Spengler summarized, “We’re going to be pretty busy this next year trying to get our membership to look more like our community looks … this is about building a community.” Want to get involved? Start at westseattletimebank.com – and/or go to the Timebank’s monthly orientation meeting this Thursday (October 15th) – details in the listing on theWSB West Seattle Event Calendar.