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Timebanking, a Volunteering of Time Not Money, Debuts Wednesday in Edmonds

Edmonds residents can exchange their talents, passions and resources with other members so that they enjoy the necessities and the niceties of life

An organization that operates on the exchange of time rather than money will debut Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. with a potluck and orientation at the .

The SWEL Timebank, which gets its name from the communities it to serves—Shoreline, Woodway, Edmonds and Lake Forest Park—launched in Shoreline on Nov. 9.

Timebanks use a low overhead, self-organizing Internet-based system to help people exchange their talents, passions and resources with other members so that they enjoy the necessities and the niceties of life.

At its simplest, an hour you spend doing something for a SWEL Timebank member goes into the bank as a time hour. Then you have a time hour to spend having another SWEL member do something for you. People of all ages are welcome.

There are more than 100 timebanks in the United States, including one in East King County, which serves the cities of Kirkland, Redmond and Bellevue. 

In addition to a group of dedicated volunteers, SWEL is made possible because of a generous grant from United Way of King County, and help from Eastside Timebank and Senior Services' Aging Your Way Initiative.

For more information about SWEL Timebank, visit www.sweltimebank.org  or e-mail sweltimebank@gmail.com

The community dessert potluck and SWEL Timebank orientation is Wednesday from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave.

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