What a year!

Happy holidays, TimeBankers

What a year 2018 has been! Thank you for timebanking. Without each other, none of this happens. Thank you for showing up again and again for each other and for our community. Whether you’re giving someone a ride to a medical appointment, mentoring a youth, supporting an organizational member, or helping us do what we do, we appreciate and thank you for all of your work. I’d love to share some of our biggest accomplishments this year and invite you to a couple of upcoming events.

First, the highlights...

We did it! Officer discretion is no longer associated with who gets the opportunity to come to youth court in the Madison High Schools. All students at risk of receiving a municipal ticket in the schools now have the opportunity to participate in youth court and avoid an arrest on their record. With only 34% of eligible youth being referred to youth court last school year, we're very excited for the opportunity to interrupt the school to prison pipeline on a larger scale. We worked very hard to make this change happen and we're looking forward to expanding our partnership with MMSD. A big thanks to our youth court staff and all of our members and partners working on this project.

At the end of March we wrapped up a 10 year partnership with Dane County Department of Human Services as the county’s disability system transitioned from county run to state run. As a result of this change, we were faced with the loss of our long term contract that supported the TimeBank’s Inclusion project. With our core values as a foundation, people with developmental disabilities have been an integral part of the TimeBank throughout our history. The TimeBank has contracted with DCDHS to facilitate matches and activities for people with developmental disabilities since 2008. The focus of the Inclusion Project is to increase the quantity and quality of participation by individuals with developmental disabilities within the TimeBank. These efforts are an extension of the TimeBank’s ongoing philosophy to join individuals and organizations in a mutually-beneficial network of exchange. During the course of the project, inclusion members exchanged over 13,650 hours. The average number of exchanges per inclusion member was 48! There were more than 100 people with disabilities involved in the project. Folks found meaningful connections and long term matches that are still going on to this day. We will continue our work to sustain and broaden the scope of this project in the years to come. A big shout out to our inclusion team, individual inclusion project members, and organizational members contributing to this project over the years.

We had so many awesome events this year! Comedy games, our first polar plunge, two Sharefests, a Mallards Game (where I threw out the first pitch and a TimeBank “commercial” was played on the big screen!), a wellness fair, a screening of Circle Up followed by a panel discussion, a dinner and youth court talk at Holy Wisdom Monastery, a presentation and training opportunity with Fania Davis, and a 13th birthday bash/Social Justice Center open house! Wow, we had a blast and learned so much. Thank you to our events team for all of your hard work!

We launched Pop Up Projects. The TimeBank's pop up projects aim to connect members to short term project opportunities that help support and strengthen our communities. We did two different projects, both at our home in the Social Justice Center. One was a two day fall garden clean up and the other was a two day prepping and painting the new space. It was amazing to have help beautifying our space and building relationships with new friends. Thank you to everyone who came out to help.

Please join us at an upcoming event...

You’re invited to a benefit show for the Social Justice Center. So many great bands, it’s going to be a blast. January 2nd at the High Noon Saloon. Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 6pm and goes until around 11. We’d love to see you. See more details in the link below. Share the Facebook Event to help us spread the word!

Save the date for our annual meeting/board election/holiday party on January 24th from 5-8 at the Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson St. Come learn about what planning for the new year, elect our board, see our new space, and celebrate with us. More details coming soon.

Thanks again for another great year! For more details on what we’ve been up to, keep an eye out for our 2018 annual report. If you’re feeling generous and you’re able to support our work financially, you’ll find a donate button in the bottom right corner of our website, https://danecountytimebank.org. We very much appreciate your support. I look forward to seeing you and working together to accomplish more amazing things in 2019. Happy timebanking.

Cheers,

Lorrie Hurckes Dwyer Executive Director

Posted Dec. 28, 2018 by Lorrie Hurckes Dwyer