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West Seattle Timebank

Appreciating our Timebankers!


Over FIFTEEN THOUSAND hours exchanged serving both
individual and organizational members.

We are one of the more active timebanks in the world!
Here are a few "shout outs" from members for much appreciated exchanges.

Email a photo & a couple sentences and we'll shout out your thanks to our Timebank friends
and post your appreciation on this website and on our Facebook page.  

(Please do check with people to ensure they are not too shy to be on the web.) 
Even without a photo, you can email a few sentences about your exchange using first names
and grateful thoughts.   It's fun to read how many friendships have sprung from our exchanges. 
Thank you everyone for all you do!

West Seattle Timebank has a professional Zoom Account now!  Feel free to post offers using Zoom

to host online events and socials, even just one-on-one.  Call and video chat with neighbors!

Connect with friends old and new. 


Timebank members Mary Sonn and Randy Winn answered my request
for help moving a chair lounge from my living room to a bedroom storage area. 

Mary even brought a moving dolly! Which really made it easier!
Randy brought his knowledge of measuring, taking off the legs and cushions to make it fit
thru the narrow bedroom door way.  Now, I have a place for our new recliner!
Which my husband needs badly now as he recovers from some medical procedures. 
Plus I was able to visit distancing n masked. I really wanted to hug them!
This was a real demonstration of the heart of  Timebanking. Thanks Timebankers! 



West Seattle Timebankers, neighbors and volunteers with
West Seattle for Peace and Justice got some great press today!

Thanks, Katie Kauffman for all you do for social justice and world peace!


Helena Rogers receives Burien Arts Association
Artist of the Year Award 2020

Helena Rogers received the Burien Arts Association Artist of the Year award for 2020. 
Congrats to Helena!  She also volunteers lends her talents in many other capacities,
including volunteering at the Nature Stewards Burien Farmer's Market Booth, as a website
consultant, and as an artist.   As a retired owner of a popular record store  in Seattle,
she has a huge following of friends, both artistic and musical. 
We value the time she spends in service to members of the community!
Thanks, Helena, for your service to the community.


Ann Shares her "Thanks!" for the West Seattle Timebank

I wanted to thank the volunteers who thought it up, organized, created, packaged, and wrote
the card (by hand!) and mailed the little post-it gift over the summer. It was so lovely to receive
some mail that was not a bill, to receive something very useful (in my house especially) and
just to feel remembered and connected to the wonderful people who make our Timebank
truly special. It was appreciated! Cheers, Ann Anderson


Many thanks to Ann Anderson who helped
Grace Stiller harvest tomatoes!

Ann helped me harvest and took home some of the bounty.
From Anne: "Thank you for the fantastic tomatoes - ate / used them all and delighted in them all.
I had some frozen lasagna which I used the split ones on w parmesan cheese -
piece by piece until all gone - yumm!"
Thank you, Ann,  for helping Grace harvest!


Many thanks to Julie who assembled a cabinet for Tamsen!

Huge shout out to Julie Garbutt for assembling a TV cabinet for us! When we looked at the
directions and realized we'd have to get down on the floor and try to follow directions "a" to "u"
we were over whelmed! Plus I'd just had surgery n my husband was still sore from a fall! 

We practiced social distancing n mask wearing. 

So wonderful to experience a Timebanker helping another during a difficult time.

This IS the heart of Timebanking really. 

Thanks Julie. 


Many thanks to Leshawn who Baked an Assortment
of Delicious Cookies!

Leshawn made cookies fo Nature Stewards Intern's Graduation Party at Camp Second Chance
on Sunday, August 30, 2020.
The Interns and attendees raved about these delicious home-baked cookies! 


Thanks to Energetic Family that Stacked Arlene's Wood!

Thanks to Hannah & Julie - Timebank

Super Star focus group leaders!

A huge shout out to Hannah Love and Julie Garbutt for leading the Timebanks virtual focus group
meetings this month. Julie and Hannah lead four focus groups with positive enthusiasm which led
to great success. They gave up two of their precious Saturday afternoons that I’m sure they
would’ve liked to be in there garden. The information gathered will be very helpful for the board
and committee members when they hold their annual retreat to develop a three year strategic plan.

A huge shout out to Hannah Love and Julie Garbutt for leading Timebank

virtual focus group meetings. Julie and Hannah lead four groups

with positive enthusiasm and great success. They spent two precious Saturday afternoons away from

their garden to lead focus groups. This feedback helps board & committee members plan

Timebank's 3-year strategy at their annual retreat.

Special thanks to our Outreach Committee - Louise Lew, and Ivy Lim - for developing

the survey, and to Beth Mattern for data assistance.

Timebankers make face masks for each other!

Member Rachel Glass  requested someone make masks for her family.   Timebank member,

Alice Kuder met the challenge.  Great to know we can depend on our members.

Rachel said Alice's masks are very well made and she truly appreciates them.



Thank you Hannah Love for delicious Sourdough Bread!

Have you seen Hannah's offer to make you sourdough bread? I took her up on this and she

delivered to my porch. No contact nor virus exposure from venturing out!

It was the best bread ever and lasted only 2 days!  :)

Thank you Randy for delivering Face Masks!

Member Randy Winn has been working with Seattle Mask Brigade by delivering masks

to folks who need them. Here's what he told me:

"Here's one of my porch pick-ups today of masks the Brigade will sort and send where needed.
You can donate or be a driver! See link for the closest Brigade or how to organize one for your community:

Inspiration from Alice

I received this inspiration from Timebanker and author Alice Kuder:

Today may there be peace within.

May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.

May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content with yourself just the way you are.

Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us. ~ Teresa of Avila

Alice Kuder

Thanks to Hanna Love for her monthly donations.

Here is Hannah handing out flags at Morgan Junction Community Association's annual Festival.

I just want to shout out a HUGE THANKS to Hannah! She set-up a direct deposit monthly

donation to Timebank with her employer. This donation makes possible printed materials

for outreach, paper products for potlucks, yearly dues payments for Timebanking

web database system and renew our State and Local business licenses!


W.S. Timebank members are not required to pay membership fees, so donations keeps our

Timebank alive. Hannah leads our Membership committee, attends every board meeting,

volunteers at every Timebank community event, and she and Julie open their home for soup swaps

and other meetings. 

In short, Hannah is the heart of our Timebank.  Thank you Hannah!

Tamsen answered a request for mending.

Tamsen, housebound during Covid, made time to mend a boy's favorite jackets! 

His mom said he needs them to play, especially while he can't be inside school buildings.

Pam and Paxton, her son, collected styrofoam from members to recycle.

Paxton sorted styrofoam at the recycling center. Great activity while schools are closed. 

Members moved recliner into Myrna's home.

Myrna had surgery and had to keep her leg elevated. A neighbor donated a recliner so she could!

Then Myrna needed someone to move it in to her home. Timebankers did the heavy lifting!

Two other Timebankers moved the recliner from the neighbor's house into a van and then

Pam, her husband. and son moved it into Myrna's house, as you see in this photo.

Hannah & Julie helped Elizabeth fix her faucet.

Elizabeth says how grateful she is to Timebankers Hannah and Julie. 

They took even more time checking details than a paid plumber would.

Plus, now I have two fantastic new friends!

Meg Shovels Tamsen's walkway.

Neighbors helping neighbors.

Julie and Hannah host 2 exceptional parties!

A HUGE thank you to Julie and Hannah for hosting 2 exceptional parties in December 2018 and January 2019 which energized Timebank and has snowballed into amazing results.  Hannah and Julie are terrific organizers and motivators.  They created just the right ambiance to build friendships between neighbors.  Hannah and Julie, picture in the photo, are in their kitchen making delicious dishes for the Timebank party.  Notice how energized Hannah is! She's just a blur of community spirit! Julie is in the background, planning and manifesting neighborhood spirit and interconnection for the Greater West Seattle Peninsula.

Check out how thoughtful our hostesses are in labeling all the dishes to accommodate everyone with allergies or dietary concerns. We have delicious gluten and meat-free options. How thoughtful!

Our amazing Timebankers in action.

Creative and practical folks generating even more fun ways to build community.
Notice the active listening. Timebanking attracts cooperative, pro-active folks who care about their
neighbors and love to contribute their talents. We can get so much more done with such resilient
community spirit! It's so nice to get off-line and partake in lively community in synergy with groups
and individuals. Many Timebankers are contributing HUNDREDS of hours to community organizations
and now enjoy using their banked hours to request services from neighbors. To reward the most
active Timebankers, Julie and Hannah hosted a Love Soup Party. Everybody brought delicious
homemade soups in Tupperware to trade. Contributors got to choose from many gourmet soups.
Now we have deluxe homemade options on demand in our freezers. Souper idea, Julie!

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan with Timebankers

Serving food at the 2018 Neighborhood House Healthy Family Event was fantastic fun.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan even stopped by to say "Thanks for volunteering".
A few of these awesome volunteers are pictured below.

Tamsen hosts sewing projects with kids at Neighborhood House

Tamsen taught sewing at High Point Neighborhood House in 2018. Thank you Tamsen!
Thank you to High Point Neighborhood House, Timebank organizational member,
for creating ongoing social and skill-sharing opportunities.

Grace Stiller, President of Burien Arts, supports Timebankers

Timebanker Vijay, also a board member, and her daughter help Grace at the
Burien Art Association "Friend Raiser" on Dec 15, 2018.

Nature Stewards, a Timebank Member Organization,
plan the Hazel Valley Community Garden.

Nature Stewards Team members plan the new Hazel Valley Community Garden in Burien.

Nature Stewards is another Timebank organizational member in Burien. West Seattle Timebank serves
the whole Duwamish Peninsula - Burien, White Center, and West Seattle.

Timebankers helped with the annual Burien Arts Association
"Vision 2020" event

Many thanks to our Timebankers for your support!

Timebank's over 40 organizational members post offers online how Timebankers can participate
and bank their hours! Talk about cross-pollination! We are all more effective when we synergize together.
Enjoy community interconnections of our whole SW Seattle peninsula. Exchange hours with
individual neighbors and our member organizations whenever you please.
Mix and match your exchanges to meet fun local people.   

Who do you want to recognize? How do they make a difference?

Shout out your thanks to your Timebank friends!  Email a photo & a couple sentences. 
We'll post your appreciation on this website and on our Facebook page.  
(Please do check with people first to ensure they are not too shy to be on the web.) 
Even without a photo you can also just email a few sentences about your exchange including first names
and grateful thoughts.   It's fun to read how many friendships have sprung from our exchanges. 
Thank you everyone for all you do!

Attend in-person and virtual events & read offers and requests for more opportunities to jump in!