“Long Beach Time Exchange” Brings Time Banking to Long Beach
2010-08-31 · By Editor
Celebrate the launch of the LA-area’s newest time bank on Sunday, September 12th. The Long Beach Time Exchange will host its kickoff event at the 2nd City Council Art Gallery at 435 Alamitos Ave. in Long Beach from 1pm to 4pm. Kickoff attendees can expect free food, comedy, live music, and information about time banking—a system where community members give and receive services through the exchange of “time dollars” rather than money.
At its most basic level, time banking is simply about spending an hour doing something for somebody in your community. You earn a time dollar, which you can then spend on having someone do something for you. In a time bank, community members help each other with all sorts of things: tutoring, running errands, childcare, massage, gardening, learning new skills and hobbies—just about anything. It’s a simple idea, but it has powerful ripple effects in building community connections.
The Long Beach Time Exchange is the latest in a network of time-bank communities that have been popping up all over the United States and in 26 countries around the world. We are joining other exciting areas of Los Angeles including Echo Park, West LA, and the Pasadena area in establishing a time bank.
“Time banking is a fun way to connect people,“ said Nikole Cababa of the Long Beach Time Ex- change Steering Committee, “and it can help provide a better safety net for members of our community who need assistance.”
“There’s something for everyone here,” said Ryan Smolar of the Long Beach Time Exchange Steering Committee. “We encourage individuals and organizations alike to come learn about the opportunities, resources, and help a time bank will make available.”