Student Accomplishments:
‘Time-Bank’ a grand addition to sovereignty

– “Time Bank Gains Ten-Year-Old Spokesman”

Noah Medrud
Photo courtesy Phoenix Rising School, used with permission.

“The Rainier Time Bank has a secret weapon: ten year old Phoenix Rising student Noah Medrud. Noah has become a coordinator for the program’s children’s division, and so far has delivered Power Point presentations at Time Bank meetings in Rainier and Lacey,” quoting the Phoenix Rising School.
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– Time-Bank founders bring unique opportunities for Nisqually Valley

Local Time-Bank founders: Heidi Gould, Jalene Smith

From Heidi Gould and Jalene Smith, in their own words:
“Need your chicken coop painted? Know someone who needs wood to stay warm? Need a truck? Your mail picked-up?

These are all actual trades in our community time bank. The Hour 4 Hour Time Exchange was started by RSE students Heidi Gould and Jalene Smith three years ago when they got wind that a family less than three miles from where they live near Rainier were burning their kitchen table for fire wood.

‘This didn’t look like a sovereign, sustainable community to us,’ Heidi said. ‘We have so much talent and abundance in our community. Yet many don’t recognize it. So we decided to start an organization that focuses on people’s inherent abundance rather than what’s in their wallets. Everyone in a community has value.’

“The local time bank, affiliated with Time Banks USA, is based on working together and reciprocity—that giving and receiving are the basic building blocks of a healthy community.”

“The time bank meets the third Friday of each month at The Awakening Center, 10905 138th St., SE, Rainier, WA. Information and new member orientation meets at 6 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m., then a presentation at 7:30 p.m. At the upcoming Friday, June 15th meeting RSE student Lois Willman, a WSU certified Master Food Preserver and Safety Advisor, will be testing pressure canner gauges and speaking on safe canning practices just in time for the upcoming season.”
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Read more: Hour 4 Hour Time Exchange

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