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The Columbia Community Exchange (CCE), Howard County's Time Banking program, is a community-building program that fosters neighborliness every day. Time Banking values everyone's contributions equally and encourages social harmony. Membership is free and the concept is simple: members exchange services. Spend an hour doing something for a fellow member and earn a Time Dollar. Then you have a Time Dollar to buy an hour of another member's time or service. It is a simple concept with profound effects: Time banks help weave stronger communities, forge friendships, and strengthen the daily fabric of life. CCE is a program of the Columbia Association.
Everyone has skills that others may treasure. As an exchange network using the currency of time, Time Dollars value everyone's contribution equally, allowing each person to be actively engaged in his or her community. Time Dollars are a type of community currency that anyone can earn by using their time, energy, skills, and talents to help others. Members trade all types of every day services, including gardening, minor home repair, transportation, computer maintenance, tutoring, etc. Services vary widely depending on the skills, talents, and abilities of the current members. Time Banking welcomes all to participate, including youth and the elderly. Our staff facilitates exchanges and strives to match members who might trade services. Please note that the Columbia Community Exchange is not a service agency and cannot mandate members to provide services.
Membership is free and open to all who live, work or play in Howard County. All members provide references, detail skills and offers, and attend a mandatory new member orientation. Generally, orientations are held on the third Monday of each month. Please contact us to arrange a session. Exchanges are made by and between members, who communicate with one another via our Time Bank website, email, or telephone. We encourage folks to visit the data base often to learn about new offers and requests. Plus, you can help someone by asking for his or her help. Spending time together allows time bank friendships to blossom as members forge personal connections and create "circles of giving." We have found that people like to exchange services with those whom they know, like, and trust. Don't wait. Jump in, contact fellow members and start exchanging!
CCE office is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am - 2pm. Please note that we are closed on federal holidays. Email us at CommunityExchange@ColumbiaAssociation.org Call us at 410-884-6121.