By Brian Cady
Time Exchange Member
Currently 298 neighbors have traded 400+ hours of work using the JP Time Exchange. Why do they do it? Let’s ask Alex Hartley, who offered computer set-up expertise to one neighbor and used the “TimeHour” she earned for Reiki bodywork from Julie Taberman: “It’s a great way to meet people and help each other out that doesn’t use money.” Personally, I spent time snow shoveling for Julie and used my TimeHour for Kathleen’s credit advice. It’s great to help neighbors while helping myself, and getting to know new people.
While Boston’s unemployment rate is about 4%, only about half of us are working now. Of course many of us are not working because we are young, old, retired or studying. We can see that Boston’s percentage employed looks better, year-by-year, than in USA overall. But perhaps most important, many of us here might have time to help each other out through platforms like the Time Exchange.*
How does the JP Time Exchange work? Once you work an hour for someone, one of you credits the doer one TimeHour online, which debits the work receiver one hour.
* Sources: US Census & US Bureau of Labor Statistics