RSF Seed Fund Grantee Brings Time Banking to Sonoma County
August 30, 2010
By Kelley Buhles
In March of this year, the Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative received a grant from the RSF Seed Fund for development of the Sonoma County TimeBank. This Seed Fund grantee was selected by an RSF staff advisory group that felt their work was especially aligned with RSF’s mission to transform the way the world works with money.
Time Banks are a pay-it-forward system that helps people exchange favors and skilled work in the currency of time rather than dollars (click here to watch a short video about the Time Banking movement). In February, Sonoma County community members such as BALLE, Transition Cotati, Sonoma State University and GoLocal collaborated to launch this county-wide Time Bank. They have gathered nearly 80 members so far and have received an outpouring of interest and enthusiasm for the project. They are using their Seed Fund grant to manage Time Bank activity, give community presentations, and publicize and do outreach for the Time Bank. For more information or to sign up, please visit www.SonomaCountyTimeBank.org.
The Sonoma County TimeBank will be a part of the larger work of Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative. This organization is a network of locally-owned businesses, citizens, non-profit organizations, and government agencies working together to build a resilient and thriving local economy by supporting local, independently-owned businesses and promoting sustainable practices. Their goal is to reclaim local economic power by encouraging local exchange through banking, buying, eating and drinking, shopping, healing, and giving.
Watch A Short Video About Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative
To learn more about Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative, visit http://sonomacounty.golocal.coop/.
To learn more about the RSF Seed Fund and how you can help support new and innovative projects like Sonoma County TimeBank, click here.
Kelley Buhles is Program Manager for Philanthropic Services at RSF Social Finance.