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Time Exchange Coalitions - Chicago Westside & Oak Park area

It’s about TIME! 
Time exchanges -- an easy to grasp solution to big daunting problems like poverty, growing inequality, & crime.  
Give an hour.  Get an hour. 
  • When I help you for an hour, I credit my account for that hour and debit yours.
  • I can spend the hour I earned by asking someone to help me.
  • You can clear the hour you owe by helping someone.


  •  Brings us closer together.
  •  Sustainable.
  •  Builds better futures.
  •  Keeps dollars in your pocket.
  • Buy & Sell Services Locally, with TIME!
Two Coalitions - whose members use Time as Money...
and thus take steps at solving these big, daunting problems.
The time exchanges offer meaningful work in which people help one another. It is a “pay-it-forward” arrangement with credit card accountability.
Although time exchanges don’t offer jobs paid in dollars, they do save scarce dollars and offer countless opportunities for people to serve and be served, to learn and to teach, to repair and produce, and to care for one another.
Two Coalitions -- one on the Chicago Westside, the other in the Oak Park area
To kick-start the use of time currency, we're building coalitions of organizations which use time currency. 
The Time Exchange Coalitions invite churches, not-for-profits, and networks of related organizations to participate, especially on the Westside of Chicago and in the Oak Park area.
Organizations, families, and individuals can use time exchanges in six vital areas —
1. Food — to prepare & get community and family meals. To get ingredients, cook, clean, and serve food. To grow gardens, plant, water, weed, and harvest fresh food. To store and can the food.
2. Care — for children, elders, others, & things. Caring could be from friends, support networks, neighborly counseling, sharing, online resources.
3. Transportation — for getting around and using new services — bicycle taxies, church buses and vans, and Jitneys (that follow a rough service route). To repair and share bicycles and cars. Carpooling to Costco to buy food.
4. Distribution of essential stuff — for food, clothing, over-the-counter medical supplies, household items, heaters, & help shopping online.
5. Housing — to refer people to the pipeline from shelters to transitional & long-term housing.
6. Learning from & teaching one another, one-on-one and in groups. To provide the above and the following services:
  • Healthcare — eg, for home remedies & nutrition

  • Safety — tips & help for home & the street

  • Computers — for typing and online searches

  • Leadership — for organizing, planning, supervising

  • Traditional skills — cooking, child-raising, working

Our marketplaces can facilitate these exchanges. Ads are free and you can record time transactions from your phone or desktop.
  • OakParkMarketplace.com
  • ChicagoWestSideMarketplace.com
To get an hour’s worth of services, you give an hour
Bring time exchanges to your church or organization. It’s free & lessens dependence on scarce dollars
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