April is a special month for us on the linkAges team. This month marks the one year anniversary of the TimeBank! Happy 1st Birthday TimeBank!
This year has been a great first year for us. We have grown to about 150 members from various cities in the South Peninsula ranging from Redwood City and Palo Alto down to San Jose and Saragota. For the past 12 months we have really been focusing on outreach and engagement in the Mountain View area, but now we are expanding to surrounding cities. Look for more active linkAges involvement and presence in Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and Los Altos!
Since April 2013, linkAges TimeBank members have exchanged 342 hours. Individuals have enjoyed exchanging everything from organizing clutter and selling old items on Craigslist to learning smoothie recipes and playing scrabble games together. Service listings get updated almost every day, so make sure you are checking the TimeBank frequently to see if there are any posts you can respond to. Here is an awesome graphic of what TimeBank members have offered and requested. (Offers on the left, requests on the right.) The larger the word, the more often the offer or request appears in the TimeBank!
About half way through this year, we started hosting monthly events called TimeBank Tales. These events happen the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30-6pm, and each month we choose a theme that is seasonably appropriate. This has been a wonderful opportunity for TimeBank members to meet each other and participate in a fun group activity. Last month we hosted a gardening demonstration and each got to take home a little plant! This month are having a birthday party to celebrate the TimeBank turning 1 year old! Join us at Red Rock for some fun and to meet other TimeBank members.
We hope you have enjoyed the past year TimeBanking, meeting community members, and participating in service exchanges. We certainly have enjoyed meeting you at TimeBank Tales and doing exchanges with you ourselves.
We hope you continue to utilize the TimeBank for your needs or passions, and we look forward to another successful year!