Carrie works full time and volunteers managing local events for a national political campaign. She joined the time bank even though she knew the study was happening exactly when the California Primary Election would be heating up.
It turns out she was pleasantly surprised. She could help out for an hour here and there doing something she loves without any extra strain on her already busy calendar - violin and crochet lessons! Plus, she saved a lot of time when a fellow time banker inspected her irrigation system and provided an easy fix.
We are lucky to have many talented folks in our time bank. I know because I saved a lot of time and effort by asking for advice on how to set up some shade sails for an event. Having a fresh perspective led me in a completely different direction - no sails needed at all.
Still think you're too busy to participate in a time bank? Maybe it's time to rethink. Many times you can help someone while doing things you are doing anyway. Do you commute every day to work? Maybe someone needs a ride to where you're going. Do you shop for groceries? Maybe someone nearby could use a ride to the store or you could pick something up for her.
Then there's the other side of the coin: that chore you need to do but don't have time to do. Organizing your files. Scanning your old photos.
Cleaning out the garage or garden shed.
Imagine how much time you would save if you didn't have to search around for a tool or a piece of paper that you know is in there somewhere. We have members who enjoy organizing things. Win win!
As we like to say, "giving is receiving."