Come hear about time bank benefits

Monthly pot luck and meeting includes speaker Monday


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Stephanie Rearick, organizer of one of the nation's biggest and most influential time banks, will speak on Monday, March 28, at the West Milford Time Bank's regular meeting and pot luck dinner at the Hillcrest Community Center about the tools and capabilities time banks provide. The presentation begins at 7 p.m.

Time banks across the country allow people to do more while giving back to their community. For every hour put into a time bank doing things that utilize their passion and talents, people get one hour back for assistance with tasks they might otherwise need to pay for.

For example, a person loves to walk dogs, and volunteers an hour of his time to help a neighbor who is on vacation, can later get an hour's help from another time bank member to assist with moving, or another project.

In this way, time banks are quickly becoming the new currency on a national and global level.

"We have been involved in transnational projects for four or five years, where people from all over the world actively participate in helping people make a living doing what they want to do," Tim Dalton, coordinator of the West Milford Time Bank, said.

This program has great potential for towns and projects that need volunteers, including the West Milford community. Dalton and the West Milford Time Bank work with Sustainable West Milford and other organizations to keep their projects running, and are extending their reach to do more within the community.

Rearick was a founder and director of the Dane County Time Bank in Madison, Wisconsin. There are now 2,800 members of the Dane County Time Bank who provide a wealth of services to the community. Rearick was the CEO of Timebanks USA, a national organization founded by Edgar Kahn, the founder of modern time banking.

Rearick has also been instrumental in the creation of a Youth Court pre-trial diversion program that operates within the time bank, and which has completely reversed the course of youth justice in Madison, and is now deployed to all high schools in the district as a way to operate a system of restorative justice, instead of punishment and retribution, providing an alternative to the school-to-prison pipeline currently in place.

She has been an activist and leader for many years, and is currently on tour to promote a new project, the Mutual Aid Network, which is a trans-national coop with the goal of creating means for everyone to discover and succeed in work they want to do, with the support of their community.

The Time Bank meeting and pot luck will be held in room 18 at Hillcrest, 1811 Macopin Road.

To learn more about the West Milford Time Bank, go to westmilford.timebanks.org, email timdalton@aol.com or call 973-853-4134.




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