Thanks to Mike Agresta for the recent Help Desk
series [Screens, July 10] re: CATLADY (Can't Afford To Live Among Digital Yuppies), addressing a pain felt by many in our changing home city. I learned about several community-minded resources I didn't know about, and I have one to add!
The Austin Time Exchange Network, Austin's own timebanking community, facilitates the exchange of services among members – with no money involved. Pretty much anything you can think of can be exchanged: yard work, repairs, cooking, cleaning, editing, counseling, massage, reiki, language practice, tutoring, and consulting on a wide variety of topics. We use a website run by the international timebanking group, hOurworld, to post offers and requests of services we want to share or receive. We also get together regularly for potlucks to get to know each other and strengthen the sense of friendly community that can be difficult to find for some in this digital age.
If readers want to learn more and/or join, they can come to our next orientation at the Human Potential Center on Saturday, July 25, at 5pm. It is followed by a potluck from 6 to 8. They can also check out the website at www.hourworld.org/bank/?hw=1226.