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KC Timebanking - 1-2 year support from local gov't.

Kansas City, MO > Economic Resilience
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006673e9e08c9af43a21975b652e50a9?d=mm Quoleshna Elbert

Proposed Jun. 10, 2020

Timebanking is based on the idea that every person’s time is equally valuable. I propose that, for 1-2 years, KC local government provide financial and resource support for a local KC Timebank to be formed, grown and maintained in order to help meet the gaps felt in our communities (both financial and social).


WHY a TimeBank? The reality is that Kansas City and its citizens will not likely recoup the current (or future) costs associated with the pandemic and nationwide stay-at-home orders. We need to find a way to suspend some costs while we work to catch up. Because of that, moreso than ever, a strong social network could mean the difference between flailing, surviving or thriving for individuals, and for cities.


WHAT a TimeBank looks like: during my time on the West Coast, I was blessed to participate in active and responsive timebanks where I helped with others’ art projects, events, gardening projects, community gatherings, etc. In exchange for each hour I helped someone else I was able to "purchase" individual and group lessons on various topics (i.e. guitar playing), or gather excess supplies for projects, get rides to and from events/the airport, and more...all for the cost of my time. But more than that I gained a community of individuals, businesses and organizations that I knew I could rely on if I needed help. At their best, TimeBanks support resiliency among its participants: it empowers them to do more than they could on their own, and to help improve the lives of their neighbors.

TimeBanks are proven to work and, even with social distancing, are benefiting people in cities across the country as we speak.

 

WHEN could it be implemented? Immediately.

 

WHO could participate? Individuals, businessess and organizations can participate.

 

HOW much would it cost? The cost of TimeBanking software, promotions & hosting regular gatherings.

 

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4IjMyXG210

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJFmzCMba-E

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Margaret Stump (06/26/2020)
I like this idea, but I wonder how liability is handled? For several years, our church had a program called Connecting eith Care that connected volunteers with people who needed help, like grocery shopping, leaf raking, transportation to doctor appointments, etc. There was no trading of time. If you need help, you asked for it. Volunteers received nothing in return. It worked very well, but had to be ended due to the high cost of liability insurance.

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Quoleshna Elbert (06/27/2020)
That's a good question. I'm sure there are ppl in the Timebank community who could help answer that question from their own experiences. And in Timebanks, ppl often ended up forgetting to request for time dollar compensation, so volunteering essentially ended up happening a lot, too. The time dollars just act as an added incentive and opportunity for folks to begin and continue engaging with neighbors across a region.

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Quoleshna Elbert (06/27/2020)
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Mary Wheeler (06/25/2020)
Timebanks should not be government sponsored. There are private time bank companies that you can partner with.

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Quoleshna Elbert (06/27/2020)
There's no rule that says Timebanks can't be supported by local gov't, it's just been the way it has been. And from what I've witnessed, it'd be helpful to have buy-in from local gov't. It's okay to try something different--especially if the Timebank stands true to the "temporary" aspect of government support.

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