About the Good Neighbor’s Time Bank
Through a PA Developmental Disabilities Council (PDDC) grant, KenCrest is pleased to announce the Good Neighbors Time Bank, representing the Southeastern PA region.
The Good Neighbors Time Bank is an inclusive, community-based initiative developed to support individuals from all walks of life by building social community connections that support independence, self-reliance, and community-based participation opportunities.
What is the KenCrest Time Bank?
The KenCrest Good Neighbors Time Bank is a non-monetary economy where members earn units or “time bank dollars” by providing goods or services. Time bank dollars can then be “spent” to receive goods or services from other members in the time bank.
How are Time Bank Dollars Measured?
One hour of service is equal to one time bank dollar. Most services equate to one time bank dollar for one hour of service. Some services, though may require longer times, thus more than one time bank dollar. The duration of an exchange varies and can be tailored to the needs and desires of those involved. A quick ride to the bank could take 30 minutes or ½ time dollar. Weeding a large garden could take three hours and would equal three time bank dollars.
What Kinds Of Services and Goods are in the Time Bank?
There are many services and goods offered in the time bank, and they are added to our time bank website daily. Some of the services may include: sewing, cooking, weeding, planting, mulching, painting, grass cutting, kid sitting, yoga instruction, personal training, rides, pet care, and so on. Goods can be varied as well, from a cord of wood, garden perennial plants, or a litter of kittens!
How Do I Know What I am Able to Offer?
It’s easy! What do you like to do? What are your talents? No matter what your gift, there is another time bank member that is excited to exchange their time bank dollars for your talents. Do you like to paint? Garden? Maybe you are a great checkers player? Maybe you are great at listening? Sign up! There is a need for what you do!
The Good Neighbors Time Bank hopes to reach 400 members in its first three years, with an additional KenCrest goal of having over 80 of those members with an intellectual disability. We aim to create an enhanced community connection for all members.