About Our Time Bank
The mission of the Phoenixville Area Time Bank is to provide and foster an effective local service exchange system through which participants have their needs met and their personal abilities valued by using hours as currency; the ultimate goal is the building
of a strong, responsive, and connected community.
A community whose neighbors generously share their talents, skills and time with each other and especially with those in need.
About Our Time Bank
I'M AN ORIGINAL CATCHPHRASE
Founded in 2004 as part of the Time Banks USA initiative, the Phoenixville Area Time Bank counts among its nearly 200 current members people with many different talents and skills. Our members have many things in common - values, commitment, generosity, curiosity, and neighborly concern for others, to name a few. By exchanging their talents and skills, Time Bank members put their time where their values are: in the service of others and their community.
Time Bank members hail not only from Phoenixville but from many surrounding communities from Pottstown to Chester Springs, from Limerick to Ambler, from wherever members feel that the drive is reasonable. Because our Time Bank is the oldest in our area, we have become a model for new Time Banks in other Chester County communities.
Phoenixville Area Time Bank is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization. The Board of Directors comprising 6-10 members oversees programs and operations. A part-time Coordinator manages our database and responds to members needs. Committees of members implement areas critical to the life of our organization including Membership, Events, Finance, Fundraising, Community Outreach, and Marketing and Communications. We encourage members to volunteer for these committees, especially if they have applicable skills or experience.
The Time Bank Coordinator manages the Community Weaver database and exchange system. By accessing the Time Bank online, members can offer skills and services as well as publish requests for assistance. Exchanges range from companionship for housebound members to help with minor repairs to rides to medical appointments or the airport. All offers and requests are vital to the lives of members who make them and are therefore honored by members willing to exchange their time.
Members also participate in a variety of social and networking activities. Monthly potluck dinners, hosted by members are gathering places for sharing recipes, getting to know each other better, and arranging exchanges in person. Interest groups of members foster the exchange of knowledge, experience, and networking. Members who enjoy cooking or gardening or crafts get together to share tips and learn from each other. And once or twice a year, we sponsor fundraising events such as the Forge Theatre performance and the Pasta Party! event. Fundraising proceeds support the infrastructure that makes exchanges possible as well as membership support for those unable to pay annual member dues.
The Time Bank is not just about members, however. Since its inception, the Time Bank has been committed to serving the clients of other not-for-profit organizations in our community. We encourage members to volunteer with helping organizations such as Ann's Heart, Orion Communities, En Familia, and the residents of Parkhouse Nursing Home. For more about our Community Partners, click here.
Ultimately, the Time Bank is about giving back as much as you are able and getting what you need to maintain a purposeful life. It's a win-win for you and everyone in our community.
To see the Time Bank in action, visit our Newsletter Archive page.
Every person has something to contribute to our community.