Member Stories

Dyan says 'I've been a One Equal Share member for a year now.  I have enjoyed the monthly potlucks to get to know members better and support the group concept of Time Exchange, which I think is just wonderful.

 

I recently did a Time Exchange with 2 members who helped with my move from Las Vegas to Sedona, AZ.  Sandra helped with packing.  Terry helped with shredding services and driving the UHaul truck with all of my belongings.  They both performed beyond the pale.  Their time and help were invaluable.  And at Tme Exchange dollars!  I would not have been able to do it without either of them.  It would have been very expensive (and prohibitive) without One Equal Share.

 

Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in this organization.  It is a blessing in disguise.' 

Hi I’m Al.  I am a retired handyman.  I like to keep busy, and helping other members gives me a real feeling of satisfaction.  Before I joined One Equal Share I spent too much time in front of the computer.  Now I’m using my skills and meeting some nice new people too.  Another member is offering a service I want to try, so I’ll be using my time dollar credits soon.  I’m happy to be a part of One Equal Share.

Bernice says 'After being a member for almost a year I had some time in my bank and decided to ask for a ride to the airport. I was a little apprehensive. ' I was so afraid that the person driving me would be late. Or even worse, what if they failed to come?' 

The night before, Sunil who was to drive me to the airport, called to double check the time. I asked him to call me before he left his home which he did. He showed up exactly on time. I could not have asked for a better experience. 

What a wonderful group. I hope that in 2014 I will be able to do more for other time bank members and use their services if the need should arise. 

Leslie, this is such an amazing ideas. Thank you, thank you.'

I recently had Andrea cook a few meals for my family. She packaged them in re-heatable containers so they could go right from the freezer to the oven; very convenient. The meals were superb!! Melt-in-your-mouth chicken marsala (we were all fighting for the last piece), stuffed shells were fantastic, and a chicken/rice mexican dish: super yummy! I don't do onions or garlic, so this may have been a challenge for her, but she overcame the issue with other flavors flawlessly!  I paid her for the ingredients, but she shopped &  prepared which made my life much simpler! Thanks so much Andrea!! *****(five stars)

Jeri says:


'I used the One Equal Share time exchange! Jay came over Wednesday night and looked at my computer. I am very happy with the exchange. It reignited my belief in this kind of system. I also contacted Cathi about social media. I thought of the time and the money it would've cost me just to do this little bit, so I'm so happy to be part of this group. Thanks for all the hard work you have done to make this possible." 

 

Andrea says:

 

When I was in my twenties, I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska.  I loved Alaska because of it's rugged beauty, and the sense of community I felt as individuals came together to pool resources, and to help each other survive in an often difficult environment.  While in Alaska I had the opportunity to study the native cultures; and I found the value systems shared by these cultures echoed my personal values.  You see, in Native Alaskan cultures a person's status is not based upon how much wealth the person accumulates for themselves, but rather on how much they are able to give to the community and the people in the community.  In this way the needs of community members were met, and the resources of the society were shared. I know that on a personal level my ability to give to others and contribute to society does elevate my spirit.

 

In Alaska, the weather is often severe.  Communities tend to be small, and more isolated.  People would rely on each other to help out.  When it snowed really hard, my neighbors would come and shovel snow off my roof.  When I cooked a nice meal, I would make sure to make an extra batch for a neighbor.  Because of this interdependence there was a strong sense of community, and a shared idea that working together helped assure everyone's survival and ability to prosper.  When I moved to the 'Lower 48' I found that I was missing the sense of community I felt in Alaska. 

 

Here in Las Vegas I find that it is more difficult to form new relationships and build a sense of community; people tend to move around a lot and it is hard to get to know your neighbors.  That is why I was so excited when I was first introduced to the idea of time exchange.  I see a time exchange as a wonderful opportunity to meet other people in Las Vegas, and form a community that is interdependent and supportive.  This is a way to meet others I would not necessarily come in contact with, and to form friendships and build a supportive network.  I see the time exchange as a way to give back to society, and at the same time be able to receive what I need in order to enjoy a good life. 

 

Andrea Davis

Las Vegas, NV

031712