In 2017, a vote had been made by members for our initial time bank to limit participation to Black women and femmes that were either members of our collective or somehow connected to our networks. This was (1) for safety reason since people publish their addresses on there and exchange childcare and (2) because a large part of time banking is about relationship-building so folx who attended our community events or volunteered with us would have a an opportunity to get acquainted with each other in-person so connecting online was more organic. This worked great for that level of the project and we’d like to maintain the sanctity of that space. However, there is a greater need now more than ever to connect folx in our larger community to the resources mobilizing in their neighborhoods. So we are launching a separate time bank in Philadelphia for those in need now and to grow it post-pandemic to be cemented as a vital community resource institution.
Today on Asssata Shakur's 73rd Birthday, we are doing the soft launch of our Reciprocity Community Time Bank website. Currently, we are only admitting community partners of M.A,S.S. and other vetted comrades. The grand opening will take place in the near future. For questions, email: Reciprocity.TimeBank@gmail.com