Do you have a talent to share with someone else for an hour?

Then York County Time Bank might be the group for you.

Group members share and exchange their time and talents to help meet each other's needs, said Erin Shrader, a York County Time Bank member who handles administrative duties.

When a member does an hour of talent -- anything from baking to doing lawn work -- to benefit someone else, that member can bank that time to receive an hour of service from any fellow member, said Shrader, of West Manchester Township.

"It's a way of serving the community beyond financial barriers," she said. "In this current economic situation, money is short, but needs aren't short. People need haircuts, someone to run errands, help them work in the garden."

With York County Time Bank, time becomes a unit of exchange rather than money, said Shrader, a nurse with local WellSpan Health.

Tracking time: She said the group has an online software program that allows members to keep track of the hours and activities they've banked.

York County Time Bank, which started in the spring, has more than 20 members and wants to recruit more, she said.

The group will hold an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at York Friends (Quaker) Meeting, 135 W. Philadelphia St. in York City.

During the meeting, the public will be introduced to the purpose of York County Time Bank and shown how the organization works.


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Hoping to expand: The group, which mainly functions in the southern part of York County, will discuss how to expand its membership throughout the county, Shrader said.

Members also will determine whether to seek grants, get insurance and to arrange for background checks, as several tasks would be done inside fellow members' homes or involve driving them to medical appointments or stores, Shrader said.

Attendees also will learn about the organization and successes of a time bank program in Allentown, Lehigh County, which the York group uses as a model, she said.

"We've met and talked to them, and we've done a lot of (research) for what we'd like to do in York County," Shrader said. "This initiative comes out of a real desire to strengthen and empower the community."

-- Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.