Over SEVENTEEN THOUSAND hours exchanged
serving both individual and organizational members.
West Seattle Timebank is one of the most 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
It's fun to read how many friendships have sprung from our exchanges.
Thank you everyone for all you do!
Setting up about 50 flags for Presidents Day at Alaska Junction, West Seattle.
Organized by the Alaska Junction Association;
DAV Chapter 23 - West Seattle was well represented by those of us in the back with hats,
and some of us were initially recruited through the West Seattle Timebank.
It is truly a joint effort of our community!
Puget Sound country is the new home for hundreds of Afghan refugees forced to flee their country
for supporting foreign aid organizations. Welcoming them as they start over with almost nothing
is the work of our whole community, led by the Washington State DSHS Office of Refugee and
Immigrant Assistance but including the full spectrum of community groups.
Recently West Seattle Time Bank member Randy Winn posted a Time Bank request for supplies
such as diapers (for the many youngsters), sewing machines (most of the families are used to
sewing their own) and laptop computers (a key to children learning English). Time bank
members responded with many donations, the largest through time bank member Grace Stiller
connecting Randy with a neighbor who had to clear a whole house of possessions. With the help
of a van from Lutheran Family Services, this donation provided three loads of beds, furniture,
dishes and ... yes ... a sewing machine which is helping several families achieve self sufficiency.
You can help out by contributing yourself, or by taking advantage of many opportunities to be
a welcoming neighbor, please see Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance | DSHS
or contact Randy. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Peggy Myer for her generous YEARLY donation. Peggy is an active member and
attends our gatherings. Peggy believes in the value of Timebanking and shows her support
with her annual donation done automatically with a check via a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).
People over 70-1/2 years who must make an RMD (Required Minimum Distribution) from their IRA
can use a QCD (Qualified Charitable Distribution). There are benefits to the nonprofit
organization and to the taxpayer.Check on the IRS rules and use this way to save on taxes
and give more support to qualified charities.
Volunteers Helped with the Kiwanis Toys for Tots COLLECTION Program
The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle collects new/unused toys for distribution to families
through the US Mariner Corp. Toys for Tots program.
Thank you, Mary Sonn!
Mary Sonn has been a member of the Timebank since 2016 and a 20+ year resident of
West Seattle. She is “Grateful to live in such a beautiful area and that it’s an added bonus
to participate in the Timebank program that strengthens community ties.”
Thank you, Mary, for your gifts of time and your recent monetary donation!
Mary also is a dedicated volunteer at the West Seattle Senior Center.
Painting is Serious Business! But, We Had a Lot of Fun!
Pam helped Grace paint the lower section of her house.
This project took 3 leisurely get-together exchanges over the summer of 2021.
Randy helped install a Community Free Refrigerator
with two guys he did not know.
"I helped install a Community Free Refrigerator with two guys who I did not know and,
thanks to masks, might not recognize if we ever run into each other again! For the last year,
more or less, I have helped stock the Community free pantries and Community free refrigerators
in Highland Park neighborhood. "Take what you need, leave what you can" is the motto,
and on the evidence we have helped fill a gap in nutrition.
The Highland Park refrigerator had quit, though since the freezer was still working we felt no urgency
since we could put stuff in the other fridge. Then Highland Park
Improvement Club caught fire. This is a big setback for the community, but for this feeding
program the impact is that we no longer have a working refrigerator. The people who lend their
land that this fridge sits on swing into action. In a few hours they had located a used refrigerator
someone would donate, a guy with a truck to deliver it, and a couple of people to supply labor,
including myself. Before sundown on this excessively hot day, we had fridge
and freezer both up and running. We have a lot of work to do to get the Improvement Club
back online but in the meantime what a joy it was to be so productive today!"
Timebank members Mary Sonn and Randy Winn answered Tamson's request
to move furniture.
Mary even brought a moving dolly which really made it easier!
Randy brought his measuring skill, taking off the legs and cushions to make the chair lounge fit
thru the door. Now, I have a place for our new recliner which my husband needs badly as he
recovers from medical procedures.
Plus I was able to visit while safely distanced and masked. I really wanted to hug them!
This demonstrates the heart of Timebanking. Thanks Timebankers!
West Seattle Timebank, neighbors, and volunteers with
West Seattle for Peace & Justice got great press!
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 Helena! She also volunteers her talents in many capacities,
including as an artists, web consultant, and in the Nature Stewards Burien Farmer's Market Booth.
As a retired owner of a popular Seattle record store,
she has a huge following of friends, both artistic and musical. We value the time Helena spends!
Thanks, Helena, for your service to the community.
Ann Shares her "Thanks!" for West Seattle Timebank
I thank the volunteers who thought it up, organized, created, packaged, and handwrote
cards and mailed the Timebank personalized post-it gift this summer. It was so lovely to receive mail
that was not a bill. It's 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 Ann: "Thank you for the fantastic tomatoes - used them all and delighted in them all.
I had frozen lasagna on which I used tomatoes with Parmasan cheese -
piece by piece until all gone - yumm!"
Thank you, Ann, for helping Grace harvest!
Julie assembled a cabinet for Tamsen!
Huge shout out to Julie Garbutt for assembling a TV cabinet for Tamsen! 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 overwhelmed! Plus I'd just had surgery and my husband was sore from a fall!
We practiced social distancing and mask wearing.
So wonderful to experience Timebankers helping another during a difficult time.
This IS the heart of Timebanking really.
Many thanks to Leshawn who Baked an Assortment
of Delicious Cookies!
Leshawn made cookies fo Nature Stewards Intern Graduation Party at Camp Second Chance
on August 30, 2020. Interns and attendees raved about these delicious home-baked cookies!
Thanks to Energetic Family that Stacked Arlene's Wood!
Thanks Hannah & Julie - Timebank
Super Star Focus Group leaders!
A shout out to Hannah Love and Julie Garbutt for leading virtual focus group
meetings this month. Julie and Hannah lead four groups with positive enthusiasm and great success. They gave up two precious Saturdays afternoons that I’m sure they
would’ve liked to be gardening. The insights gathered will help the board
and committee develop a three year strategic plan.
Special thanks to our Outreach Committee - Louise Lew, and Ivy Lim - for developing
the survey, and to Beth Mattern for data assistance.