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DC TimeBank

Letter from Your Coordinators

October 2016

Hello DC TimeBank members!

We are excited to provide you with an update on our community, including some of the behind-the-scenes work that makes our TimeBank possible!

Revamped Logo

Most immediately, you’ll notice that we have a revamped logo that stays true to the original design. The TimeBank thanks designer Hanna Decker, and
Christy Batta of the Silver Spring Timebank, for help with the redesign. Lastly, thank you to Chris Zach, who created the original logo in 2010! Look out
for new buttons, stickers, and other materials that feature the logo.

Review of 2015 and 2016

If you’re new to the TimeBank or are just catching up, here is a recap of 2015 and 2016 thus far! Last summer, DC TimeBank transitioned to Community
Weaver 3 – the new, intuitive website software that you navigate each time you log into your account.

Updated Membership Requirements

In an effort to keep our online community personable and engaging, we implemented membership requirements and removed inactive members from the
site, bringing us from 750 members down to a core group of 150! This was a positive move, given that so far in 2016 our talented members have already
exchanged over 150 hours, compared to less than 50 in 2015. Members have been exchanging transportation, cleaning, translation, and companionship.
Browse our current offers and requests to set up your next exchange!

Projects and Potlucks

Last year we held a trash clean-up along the Anacostia River, convened with regional timebank leaders, offered an eco-conscious holiday workshop, and
hosted 3 potlucks. Many of you have joined us at Chris and Edgar Cahn’s home, which also serves as the headquarters for TimeBanks USA, for our potlucks.
Thus far this year we’ve held 5, at which we introduced our Member Handbook. Attend our next orientation to get your copy! In addition to this year’s
potlucks, we supported TimeBank member Keri with her Sandwich Making Project, and the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg Community TimeBank held a
successful “Walk & Talk” event to raise money for the Diverse City Fund.

New Members

New members continue to join the DC TimeBank, and we are currently just under 190. We  strongly encourage new members to attend an orientation.
It’s a great way to meet other members, and to move from the idea of timebanking to the doing of timebanking. That can be a surprisingly big leap for
new members! Taking the orientation is a way to ease in and get the feel of it.

Leadership Team

Our leadership team remains at three coordinators, and we are looking to build our capacity. If you’re interested in weaving community with the DC
TimeBank, including helping us plan gatherings and communicate with members, contact us at dctimebank@gmail.com! Get your feet wet by inviting
members to volunteer with your pet project, coordinating a happy hour at your favorite bar, or hosting a potluck at your home or apartment building.

Upcoming Events

Join the DC TimeBank for a Movement Makers Fair on Saturday, October 22nd from 12:30-3:30pm at St. Stephen’s Church! Our goal is to create a space
where advocacy and community organizing groups in DC can share skills and foster mutual exchange beyond the dollar. Timebanking is a powerful tool
because it rewards and honors work that advances social justice and builds community. Learn more under the Events section of the homepage, and share
our Facebook event and flyer!

We are looking for members to help out! Contact us at dctimebank@gmail.com if you’re interested in earning time credits as a volunteer, and/or if you have
an idea or recommendation for a skillshare at the Fair.

Thank You!

Coordinators Debra Frazier, Caitlin Duffy, and Chris Gray