Stuff Happening!

Join the contest and win fabulous prizes!! 

There is currently a contest underway from January through the end of March. Enter your comments about your experiences in the Time Bank on our Facebook page or email to yorkcountytimebank@gmail.com. For every comment shared you receive one chance to win a prize donated by a fellow Time Banker. If you are interested in donating a prize, please email Polly at pawparrot@aol.com and put Time Bank in the subject line.

Share the Love

Keeping with our tradition of community service, we are planning a trip to Autumn House West for Valentine’s Day. We don’t have the date and time firmed up just yet, but keep an eye on our Facebook page or in your inbox for the details as they evolve!

Welcome Knitters and Crocheters!!

If you like to knit or crochet please consider joining the Time Bank Knitters group. We will be gathering shawls and lap blankets (maybe even some knit caps) for local churches. The yarn will be provided and all of your time knitting can be banked! If you are interested, please email Erin at eshrader1020@gmail.com

St. Patty’s Day in York

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in York will be on March 14th this year. If you are interested in helping to develop the float or walking in the parade, please email yorkcountytimebank@gmail.com.

Going Green!

Go Green in the City is happening April 18th this year. If you are interested in helping to “man” the table to share information about the Time Bank with others, please email us at yorkcountytimebank@gmail.com. As always, your hours are bankable!

PICNIC!

Save the date! We are planning a networking picnic/potluck for all Time Bankers on May 16th at Rocky Ridge County Park. Come and meet your fellow Time Bankers. Bring your kids and your inner child for a fun day! We hope to see you there!

We have T-Shirts

If you are interested in a Time Bank T-Shirt (they are a suggested donation of $10) please email yorkcountytimebank@gmail.com. They are black and come in Medium or Large. If you would like a different color or size, we will need to special order one for you 🙂

Next Meeting

Our next public meeting will be Monday, February 9th at 605 S. George Street in the Community Health Improvement Office. Come at 6:00pm for a potluck or at 7:00 for the meeting-or both! 🙂 If you come for the potluck, please remember a plate, fork, etc. and a beverage for yourself. Hope to see you there!

Member Testimony

“First of all, I just wanted to thank you for starting up the York Time Bank. I think it’s important you know just how much of a blessing this mission has been to me so far. I’ve only had a couple of “transactions” so far, but they have both been so so much above and beyond what I expected… Such good feelings and positive energy–things that everyone needs in their lives but for my specific situation at the moment, I just can’t tell you what a help it’s been to my spirit, my physical energy, and my well-being.

So, thank you. Whole-heartedly!”

~York County Time Bank Member

St. Patty’s Day Parade!

Hi Time Bankers!

On March 15 York City will celebrate the Luck of the Irish with it’s annual St. Patty’s Day Parade. If you are interested in participating by helping to design a York County Time Bank float, or walk along in the parade dressed in “character” please email Francie Delaney at transitionyorkpenn@gmail.com by February 8th to express your interest. Remember that any time you spend helping design the float or walking in the parade is time for your bank!

Remember: Spend your time, Save your money!

Christmas Caroling at Autumn House West

Approximately 20 members of the York County Time Bank spent their evening on Thursday December 19, 2014 singing Christmas Carols with the residents of Autumn House West Assisted Living Facility. One of our members, Mike, brought his guitar to accompany the vocalists. Polly Weiss organized the event and worked the room to ensure that all participants had a great time. Joli Harrington brought percussion instruments that transformed the audience into participants! It was a wonderful evening for the carolers and residents alike!

Besides community building and speading holiday cheer, the time bank members who participated also earned time for their account by offering the service of Marketing and Publicity to the Time Bank! We would love to have more events like this in our community. If you have ideas or suggestions, please feel free to email yorkcountytimebank@gmail.com or post to the Facebook page!

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We Want to Hear from YOU!

Please take a few minutes to tell us how you heard of us, the York County Time Bank. Below is a short poll that should only take a couple of minutes to answer. If you have just a few more minutes we would love for you to share a bit more in the comments, such as which magazine or newspaper, which social network, etc.

If there is anything else you would like to share with us we would love to hear it! Any feedback about our bank is welcome.

And don’t forget, you can join us this Monday October 21 at the York Friends Meetinghouse to learn more! We will be having a potluck starting at 6pm and the meeting will start at 7pm. You are more than welcome to come to both or just come to the meeting. We hope to see you there!

We’re Continuing to Grow!

 

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The York County Time Bank continues to grow as more and more York Countians (extending also to Hanover, New Oxford and even Gettysburg!) are choosing to share their time and talents with their community in order to help meet one another’s needs. We are currently 98 members strong and have exchanged over 300 hours. 
Gracie has officially made her move-best of luck to you Gracie! We will certainly miss you here in York! 
Local business owner, Marc Laucks of Marc Laucks and Co. (http://marclaucks.com/) is kindly donating the design of our logo and some initial print materials.
Our next meeting will be held on Monday, October 21st at the Quaker Meeting House at 135 West Philadelphia Street. The Pot Luck dinner starts at 6:00pm and the official meeting starts at 7:00pm. The meeting is a great place to meet the folks you might be exchanging services with and to share your ideas to help steer the direction that the York County Time Bank will take as it moves into the future! We will also be looking for enthusiastic folks who would be willing to share their passion and talents for the operation of the Time Bank through marketing, writing press releases for the newspaper, facilitating meetings, leading a small focus groups, building relationships in the community, etc.
If you are thinking of volunteering, remember:
1. Your volunteer time to the operation of the Time Bank is worth hours that you can exchange for other services!
2. Remember to ONLY volunteer to do things that make you feel energetic, excited and like you are doing what you were “meant to do.” That is the whole idea of time banking-doing what you love in service of your community.
Attached is a picture of the article on the front page of the Living section of the York Daily Record yesterday. It is a reprint from the September/October issue of Smart Magazine. Sorry I couldn’t find a link to send  you-so the picture is the best I could do! If anyone has a link to the actual online article, I would love to have it so I could forward it to the group. (The Smart Magazine article has been linked, the article from the YDR has not been posted online as of this post.)
Thanks to everyone for your involvement so far. I have personally benefited from the services exchanged 
and have made some WONDERFUL new friends.
See you Monday,
Erin

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September Meeting and Helpful Links

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Meetings will be held every 3rd Monday of each month. The location will most likely be changing, but until we have a new location they will continue to be held at the Friends Meetinghouse. The next meeting will be October 21, 2013, all are welcome! There will be a potluck starting at 6:00pm, followed by the meeting at 7:00 pm; come for both or just the meeting, whichever works best for you.

The mobile app was discussed, this is very new so don’t hesitate to contact hOurworld if you come across anything not working correctly or if you have any questions. If you don’t feel comfortable contacting them yourself please let us know and we will relay the information.

There is also still some concern on how to use the Time and Talents software. I have included some helpful links to hopefully answer some questions.  Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or get confused.

While we continue on the logo and mission statement a template for temporary business cards have been created, you can download the template here. Print them out and spread the word! The marketing committee is hard at work getting everything done for the logo and we are lucky to have Marc on board from Marc Laucks and Company, Inc. helping with the design.

We are still in need for some alternate meeting locations, the meeting house doesn’t heat well so once it starts getting cold we may want somewhere warmer.  So, if anyone has some ideas, please let us know.

Helpful Links:

Software FAQ

Printable Members Help Guide

Printable Quick Start Guide

hOurworld goes Mobile!

Yesterday the news was shared that hOurworld has gone mobile, and if you are anything like me that is very exciting news!

I’m not often near a computer but I always have my phone. I took the time to download the app and play around a bit, so I thought I’d share just how easy it is to use. The app is available in both apple and android markets, Gracie shared an email and post yesterday that had a link. They link was for a survey, fill out the survey (you get a half hour for doing so) and at the end you will see links for the app. You could just search for the app, but why not take the time and gain a half hour?

On to the app… (Yes, all the images are screen shots from my iphone)

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App from Apple Store

Once you download the app, you just need to enter your log in, or you can even join if you haven’t already done so. Once you enter, you can see new messages, offers, requests and even your profile.

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Offers

I searched offers and requests, I took the time to respond to a request as well as add my own request. You can even log your hours right through the app.

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Requests

When responding to a request, it will redirect you directly to your email. So that’s simple. What I did find frustrating was when I wrote my own request it doesn’t drop down, meaning it is shown as one long line of text. This made it really hard to edit and review what I wrote. (So yes my request has some grammar and spelling errors.) I also couldn’t go back and edit the request after I posted it, or at least I could figure it out this morning.

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If you are a member of a group, you can send messages to your fellow group members. You can email individuals directly, you really can do everything you could online on the app. I know, personally, I will use the app way more than the website.  I do most things through apps, this blog, my personal blog, emails, social networking…basically everything. So with that being said, play around with it…let us know what you think!