Social Justice Projects

Time Bank program

 

One of our ongoing social justice projects in need of your support is the Time Bank program.

 

The Time Bank is indeed a Tikkun Olam project.  It breaks the traditional stereotype that the well-to-do are the "givers" and the less-well-to-do are the "receivers".  Time Bank encourages everyone to recognize that they too have valuable skills which they can provide in exchange for services received from other members.  It allows individuals the chance to convert their abilities into economic power and to receive in return a service which they need.  Everyone's time is equal, whether they are a lawyer or a housewife.

 

בנק הזמןIn addition to the work with individuals, Time Bank also works with numerous local organizations and has developed an on-going relationship with the Municipality's Welfare Dept., a seniors residence, the local women’s club and others.  For example, the Time Bank provided a drama therapy teacher to work with a group in the women's club. In return these women gathered once a week to do sewing repairs for Bank members. Another example is the Welfare Dept., who referred a woman to the Bank who needed English lessons for her son. She joined the  Bank and in return did some ironing for another member.

 

The Time Bank coordinator serves as a banker/broker, matching people and their required needs as well as keeping records. The coordinator maintains contact with the Bank members via a weekly email newsletter and telephone calls. Members exchange some 200 hours per month. As many members do not report their given hours, the actual exchange is much higher.

 

Time Bank has become a second home to many of its participants. People who do not attend synagogue but want to be part of a community have found a sense of meaning and empowerment in their time exchange, not to mention the good company and pride of the group. For many this is an opportunity to receive services and participate in workshops and lectures they could otherwise not have afforded.

 

The annual cost of running the Time Bank project is $23,000.  These funds need to be raised each year in order to ensure its ongoing activities.

 

Your generous gift will help ensure the continuation of this worthwhile project.

 

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