TimeBank Boulder Blog

How are we doing in a Pandemic?

How are we doing in a Pandemic?

I didn’t think we were making many In-person exchanges, but boy, was I wrong. From January 2020 to 10-32-2020, 376 exchanges were made between members helping each other. Below are some leaders in the number of exchanges       52 transportation 9 members provided this service multiple times every month, and one person – 30 times 39 music lessons One person – 39 times, multiple times in every month 26 event participants One person – 36 times, once in every month except April 20...

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The Lefthand Canyon Fire and TBB

The Lefthand Canyon Fire and TBB

There I was, Sunday at 2:00pm, watching football when the phone rang. The voice on the other end of the line said: IMMEDIATE EVACUATION. My God! Where is the fire? How close is it? Then an email came in saying it is west of Gold Hill. I grabbed my wallet, laptop, and medication. Marjory got some clothes and personal items. She said, "Come on, let's go." So, off we went, down the hill accompanied by a long line of cars. A week or so prior, TBB member Paul Douglas, had offered us lodging just in...

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Happy 90th Birthday!

Happy 90th Birthday!

The TBB Spanish Conversation Group has been meeting twice a month for three years to talk about writers, poets, current events, and more. At an October meeting, they marked the 90th birthday of member JoAn Siegal.     Do you speak Spanish fluently, struggle through ordering a coffee, or something in between? If you would like to hone your Spanish skills, we meet on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, usually at JoAn’s home. Whatever your level of proficiency, you’re welcome...

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Grow-Raise-Forage Event A Success

Grow-Raise-Forage Event A Success

Author’s note: A number of scheduled attendees were unable to join us because of the fires. This article is dedicated to them, that they may learn about what they missed. May everyone be home safely and soon. Our “Grow-Raise-Forage for Apartment or Condo Dwellers” event was attended by three members and one potential member. We shared tips, talked about our experiences, and learned from each other’s mistakes. Trying to homestead in a condo or apartment is not the same as if you have a house...

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Online Crafting and Laughing

Online Crafting and Laughing

Sunday, October 11, 2020, was “a very blustery day,” indeed, but that didn’t stop the Zoom Craft and Laugh meeting. TimeBankers Dorothy Cohen, Jan DeCourtney, Lisa Dicksteen, and Gail Wagner spent a lovely and productive two hours together. Jan wrote out some long delayed sympathy and thank you cards and did some mending. Dorothy worked on one of her wonderous quilts and gave Lisa some advice on an upcoming quilting project. Gail worked on weaving a yummy-looking mohair and linen scarf, and...

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TBB’s History: Part Five—Keeping the Books

TBB’s History: Part Five—Keeping the Books

In the beginning our founder, Octavia Allis, managed the finances. Then, a treasure joined our ranks; Omar Postigo. As I recall, Octavia asked him to enter the notes for all the transactions into the SkillShare QuickBooks account she had created. They sat down together to review all the little paper slips she had collected and do just that, but it didn’t work out. Then, Octavia moved to Virginia and Omar moved to Longmont. I remember mailing him all those little receipts, so he could enter...

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Message from a New TBB Member

Message from a New TBB Member

Once I knew I would be moving from Austin, Texas, to Boulder, Colorado, I began to survey groups and activities here, hoping to find the Boulder version of things I’d been involved with in the past. I sought to find: a TimeBank, plant and landscaping groups, community gardens, foraging for edibles, small organic farms, voter activist groups, fruit rescue groups, quilting guilds, fiber artists dyers, fabric stores, maker spaces, Japanese conversation groups, healing arts networks, a store...

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Accountability Partnerships

Accountability Partnerships

For many people, the pandemic is causing a lack of structure, motivation, and ability to focus. Being at home alone without stimulation or company, not being on a schedule, or just the cold weather are factors that might contribute to a kind of sluggishness and feelings of laziness or desire to just hibernate! But oh, the deadlines! The clutter! The piles of projects! Having an accountability partner is one way to help create interest, motivation, and action for getting things done. Finding...

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Extra Food for Free During These Difficult Times

Extra Food for Free During These Difficult Times

The best time to start visiting a food pantry is before you are urgently in need of food. This allows you to save money you would have spent on some food items for purchasing other necessities, as well as avoiding ever reaching a state of emergency. In fact, most food pantries hope their visitors will do this, so they welcome people coming to see them before, during, and after their time of need. Many of our TimeBank members are finding Boulder's food abundance a welcome gift during this...

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Health First Colorado Covers Flu Shots

Health First Colorado Covers Flu Shots

Getting a flu shot each year is recommended for everyone over six months old, especially those at high risk for the flu such as children five and younger, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with medical conditions or weakened immune systems. You can get yours from your primary care provider (PCP) or any Health First Colorado pharmacy. Be sure to call ahead to make sure your provider or pharmacy is enrolled with Health First Colorado and is giving the vaccine. The best way to learn...

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