August Potlucks, Partnerships, and Press Coverage

Potlucks, just around the corner!

Our potlucks are a great chance to get to know other hOUR Economy members. Bring a dish to share, bring a friend to introduce, and come prepared for a good time! The potlucks are also a great place to bring any questions you might have about how time-banking works. Join us!

In Staunton at Virtually Sisters, 16 West Beverley. 5:30 pm on Tuesday, August 12th. Facebook event here!

In Harrisonburg, Josie Kinkade will be hosting our next potluck, at 416 East Rock Street on Tuesday Aug 26th at 6:00 pm. Checkout the facebook event to RSVP.

Welcome to New Partners

Volunteer Staunton joins the hOUR Economy family

hOUR Economy has been excited to support many community initiatives since our launch almost two years ago, with grants of hours to fund community gardening activities, downtown revitalization, and even local economy trainings.  Now, Volunteer Staunton has been awarded our latest hours grant, to help provide the time and energy for the
completion of their new volunteering website. Beyond just a list of opportunities, their goal is to “raise awareness within Staunton about all the wonderful volunteer opportunities that will truly make a difference in our local community.”  We’re excited to help support them and encourage you to check out their website as it develops.

Stay tuned…

We hear there are two more great community initiatives (one in Staunton, one in Harrisonburg) with plans to apply for hour grants to support their start-up sustainability projects.  We’ll share more in our next newsletter!

Hold the Presses!

Little Libraries & the Sharing Economy Update

If you caught our last newsletter, you know there are little sharing libraries popping up around Staunton, spurred by the efforts of local hOUR Economy members.  If you just can’t wait to hear the updates, or see where the libraries are headed, check out the latest news coverage or visit their kickstarter campaign that has already covered costs and materials.
Thanks to the great team that organized, constructed, painted, and is now installing these tiny spaces for sharing.

Parting Shot

Sharing stories from the hOUR Economy

If freshly painted walls could talk, these would tell the story of the sharing economy — of how one new member spent her first 3 hours getting help with her home renovation projects.

If you’ve been thinking about getting involved with the hOUR Economy, ourrequests page is full of ways to help others and earn hours. And you’ll find everything from live music to yoga to business counseling to doula services on our busting-at-the-seas offers page.

It’s easy to post your own offers and requests and you can always find real-time interactions on our Staunton andHarrisonburg facebook forums, where you can post questions, current projects, or photos of your recent exchanges.

hOUR Economy works because of you!

Many thanks to all our members for your caring, sharing, and story telling. If you have stories, photos, or events to include in our next newsletter, please let us know.  Until then, best wishes for a wonderful weekend!

                                                                  – from the team at hOUR Economy

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