Just two nights until you can be part of history – the first-ever West Seattle Timebank orientation! Tamsen Spengler reminds us that it’s happening this Wednesday night (July 24th) at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon), with a potluck at 6:30, orientation 7-8 pm. Why would you want to be part of the Timebank? Tamsen shares a story shared at the Timebank table at West Seattle Summer Fest by a woman who now lives on Vashon Island:
“I became a big fan of Timebanks when volunteering after the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand. Because Lyttelton, where the epicenter of the quake was, had New Zealand’s first timebank, we were able to recover much more quickly than any other neighborhood. I became the right-hand person of the timebank coordinator, who had two cell phones going constantly. Because she had been the timebank coordinator for 7 years, she knew everyone, and everyone knew her, and she put people together who could help each other after the quake. Way better than any Red Cross or city or New Zealand government official could possibly do.”
Adds Tamsen: “That’s a powerful testimony. We say, ‘We build community, one hour at a time,’ but this shows it in spades. The network we put together, today, could pay our neighborhood back in many ways we never expected.” Questions before Wednesday’s event? E-mail email@example.com.
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