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West Seattle Timebank

Appreciating our Timebankers!

 

Thanks to Hannah & Julie our 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.

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

We are literally one of the most active timebanks in the world with many awesome members.  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 first to ensure they are not too shy to be on the web.)  Even without a photo, you can also email a few sentences about your exchange including their 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, so feel free to post offers to host online events and socials, even just one-on-one.  Call and video chat with neighbors.  Connect with friends old and new. 

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Thanks to Hannah & Julie our 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.

 

Special thanks also to the Timebank’s Outreach Committee and Ivy Lim for developing the survey used during the focus groups and Beth Mattern for assisting with data.

Timebank member makes face masks for member.

Timebank member, Rachel Glass posted a request asking if someone could make masks for her family. Our member, Alice Kuder answered her request! So great to know we can depend on our members to come to our aid. Rachel said the masks are very well made and she truly appreciates them.

 

 

Thank you Hannah Love for the delicious Sourdough Bread!

Have you seen the offer from Hannah to make you a loaf of sourdough bread? I took her up on her offer and received a delicious loaf of bread delivered to my porch. No social contact and no scary trip to the store! Plus the best bread ever. Here's a photo. It lasted only 2 days. :)

Thank you Randy Winn for helping our community by delivering Face Masks!

Our member, Randy Winn has been working for the Seattle Mask Brigade delivering masks to folks who need them. Here's what he told me:

"Here's one of my porch pick ups today of masks for the Mask Brigade to sort and send where needed.
You can do the same (donate or be a driver); see link for the Brigade near you or how to organize one for your community:

 https://sites.google.com/view/seattle-mask-donations/

Inspiration from member Alice Kuder

Today I received an article of inspiration from our Timebank member and author Alice Kuder. I thought I'd share it with you. 

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.

Hannah is seen here handing flags at the Morgan Junction's Community Association's annual Festival.

I just want to shout out a HUGE THANKS to Hannah! She has set-up a monthly donation with her employer that goes directly to our Timebank bank account. This donation has made it possible for us to have printed materials for outreach, paper products for our potlucks, pay our yearly fee to Timebank USA for the members database and State and Local business licenses! As you know we don't charge members a membership fee, so every donation keeps our Timebank alive. 

Hannah also volunteers as the lead for our Membership committee, attends every board meeting, volunteers at every community event we participate in and opens her home with partner Julie, to members for soup swaps and other meetings. 

Hannah models Timebanking and is the heart of our Timebank. Thank you Hannah!

Tamsen answered a request for mending.

Tamsen being housebound due to the virus, found time to mend child's favorite jackets! Mom says he needs them now to play outside, especially since he can't go to school. 

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

Paxton unloaded all the styrofoam in the correct box at the recycling center. Great activity for being out of school due to Covid-19 virus. 

Members move recliner into Myrna's home.

Myrna had surgery and was told by her doctor to keep her leg elevated. She needed a recliner to do this and a neighbor donated one. Then she needed someone to move it in to her home. Timebankers stepped-up and did the heavy lifting. Two more Timebankers moved the chair from the neighbors house to a van and then Pam with her husband and son, in this photo, moved it into her house. 

Hannah & Julie helped Elizabeth fix her faucet.

Elizabeth says how grateful she is to Timebankers Hannah and Julie.  They took even more time checking every detail 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 teaches 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 show of 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 our events & read offers and requests for more opportunities to jump in!