The first monthly SF Bay Area Community Exchange (BACE) timebank meetup will happen Thursday evening (9/29) at the Mission Community Market (Bartlett and 22nd), from 5:30-6:30pm. The timebank is a volunteer-run, nonprofit market for goods and services that uses a person’s time as the currency instead of money. For every hour you spend doing something for someone in your community, you earn one hour to use to have someone do something for you. It is an alternative way to give and receive resources. It’s that simple.
The meetup at the Mission Community Market allows timebank members (free to join!) to meet each other and figure out what they need and what they can give. Sometimes a website can be sterile, and it can be intimidating to send an email to a stranger. At the meetup, you can meet your neighbors, see what they have to share (Mexican cooking lessons, produce from their garden, guitar lessons, computer help, anything!) and how you can help. Remember, timebank trades don’t have to be reciprocal, the timebank credit allows you to use an hour gained from helping person A to get stuff or skills from person B. The more people join, the bigger the “store” of services is. Come to the meetup and become a more integrated part of the community.