Columbia Association’s (CA) time banking program — Columbia Community Exchange — was discussed on Tuesday’s episode of The Kojo Nnamdi Show, which airs on WAMU 88.5. Columbia Community Exchange’s Patricia Dugan was in studio to talk about time banking as a whole and CA’s program in particular, which includes people who live and work in Columbia and Howard County.
To listen to the program, click here and fast forward to the 22:45 mark.
Columbia Community Exchange is a community-based time banking program offered by Columbia Association to provide an opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors through the mutual exchange of everyday services. Membership is free and the concept is simple: spend an hour doing something for a fellow member and earn a Time Dollar. Then you have a Time Dollar to buy an hour of another member’s time or service.
Everyone has skills that others may value. As a bartering network using the currency of time, Time Dollars value everyone’s contribution equally, allowing each person to be actively engaged in his or her community. Time dollars are a type of community currency that anyone can earn by using their time, energy, skills and talents to help others. Members trade all types of everyday services, including gardening, minor home repair, transportation, computer maintenance, tutoring, etc. Services may vary widely depending on the skills, talents and abilities of the current members. Time Banking welcomes all to participate, including youth and the elderly.
For more information, go to ColumbiaAssociation.org/TimeBanks or call 410-884-6121.