I remember when I was a child and we didn’t have any money to buy presents for Christmas or birthdays, my cousins and I would make booklets of vouchers with little chores such as ‘wash dishes’, ‘take out the garbage’, or ‘clean the fish bowl’, as presents and our parents could redeem the tickets throughout the year. The Hour Exchange in Portland, Maine is based on a similar idea where members earn credit for each hour of service, and the credits can be used on services offered by other members.
Founded by Dr. Richard Rockefeller, the Hour Exchange Portland is a member-led service exchange that empowers individuals, businesses and organizations to build and strengthen community networks, and help each other meet their needs through cash free one-to-one exchanges and group projects.
By operating under the belief that everyone has something of value to contribute, and through respect, understanding of equality and reciprocity, and defining work as something beyond price, rather as all activities that sustain families, neighbourhoods and communities to advance democracy and social justice, Hour Exchange Portland has steadily enhanced lives and communities.
Service categories currently offered by members range from Arts and Crafts, help with Computers or Legal, Elder Care and Companionship, and Transportation just to name a few. For the full list, click here.
To become a member of Hour Exchange Portland, which has nearly 100 member who have exchanged over 150,000 hours of services, click here.
To support Hour Exchange Portland through donation, click here.
Thank you Hour Exchange Portland for making our world wonderful.
LET ME KNOW, REPLY BELOW: Have you ever traded your time and talents for someone in need?