We The Trees

CoThrive Time Bank - Northwest Indiana & Beyond

A campaign by Kathy Legner Sipple

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Successfully funded on February 18, 2016
A campaign by Kathy Legner Sipple
1 campaigns, 3 contributions
  • Contribute $5 or more

    Limited to 300 Contributors

    You will have our undying gratitude and we will welcome you with open arms to join the time bank once it's up and running. Hey, if a few hundred people took this option, we'd meet our goal in no time. This would show wide spread support and a likelihood for future success we would be thrilled.

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  • Contribute $25 or more

    Limited to 100 Contributors

    By taking a leadership role, you're showing us that you value time banking as an asset to the community. Thanks! We'll list you on the 219 GreenConnect website to acknowledge your contribution.

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  • Contribute $50 or more

    Limited to 100 Contributors

    For those who are able to contribute a bit more, you'll also be listed on the 219 GreenConnect website and you can choose to display a include a link to your business or cause.

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  • Contribute $100 or more

    Limited to 10 Contributors

    In this increased leadership role, you likely see how a time bank can help the community as a whole and want to partner to ensure its success. As such, you'll receive the rewards of the other levels, plus will be invited to a series of insider communications to help direct the next steps for the time bank.

    4 contributor(s) chose this reward.
  • Contribute $250 or more

    Limited to 10 Contributors

    This level is suggested for larger organizations who want to partner and influence development on this project. Eligible for all lower level rewards as well!

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  • Valerie Lambert


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  • Tina Bianco-Jessen


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I am currently pursuing a permaculture design certificate. Though I love growing my own food, I am most drawn to social permaculture -- looking at ways individuals can come together to work more collaboratively and sharing resources in the form of time and talent. 

The way I see this manifesting in my community (and beyond) is through the establishment of complimentary currency in the form of time banking.

Several years ago, some well meaning people in my area (Northwest Indiana) took on the project of starting a time bank and quickly became overwhelmed with the amount of work required to coordinate it (which I understand is not uncommon.) For this to be sustainable, I realize it will take work -- a lot of work! -- and I'm willing to do that.

At the same time, if I am creating something of value for my community, I need to ask those interested in the outcome to support this effort financially to ensure its sustainability and avoid burning out before it gets off the ground. I'm getting advice from hOurworld, the software our time bank intends to use, to fund a part time coordinator position from the onset for this purpose. They recommend recruiting 10-12 people each willing to contribute $100 to ensure there is enough "skin in the game" to show widespread enough community support. This is where I am deriving my initial goal of $1200. Studies suggest that without early indications of this minimal support, growth is unlikely or even impossible. 

So, this crowdfunding effort is me, "applying" for this part time coordinator position. A sample job description is included here. I have a degree in Economics from the University of MIchigan and have been a member of Mensa. I have been a Chamber of Commerce Membership Director. I have 25+ years of sales and marketing experience and have run an online intentional community for the past year. I am more excited about this job than all of those! Mostly because it combines so many of my passions and I see the potential for much good, in my community and beyond:
  • interdependency between neighbors
  • sharing of excess capacity
  • less dependence on the cash economy
  • building resilience
  • less pressure on social service non-profit organizations for their programs
  • increased happiness and satisfaction that comes with friendship and doing what we're good at!
Beyond the kick off, once the time bank is established a more permanent director position will need to be established. I'll address that once we clear the first goal.