Exciting CoThrive Time Bank News

Cropped_Time_Bank_Image.jpgWe ran a crowdfunding campaign that ended in February to find out if there was adequate interest in a time bank for Northwest Indiana to make it a success. Our supporters issued a resounding, "Yes!" Here's a link to the top supporters from that effort -- many thanks to their early help in getting this project off the ground. 

Here are some exciting events we've planned based on the seed funding from our campaign:

  • Saturday, April 16th - The Big Sell Entrepreneur Competition - Merrillville, Indiana
    We are listed in this recent newspaper article as T.B.N.I. and I'm not sure why... I can only assume that stands for Time Bank of Northwest Indiana. Elias Crim and I will be doing the pitch at that one, Shark Tank style, in the Social Entrenpreneur category. It's tough to divide our audience between Earth Day and Entrepreneurship, but if you're leaning toward the business side of what we do, this event has the potential to earn us some more much needed capital, as well as free office space and lots of professional support in the areas of marketing, accounting and legal advice. We'll do our best to make you proud! Members of the audience will actually get to vote on who makes it to the final round, so if we pack the audience...more votes for us! Order tickets here.
  • Saturday, April 16th - Northwest Indiana Earth Day - Valparaiso, Indiana
    We will be presenting on the main stage at 9am and will also have a booth. Membership info will be available from members staffing table #55, stop by to learn more. Free admission, full event details here.
  • Thursday, April 21st - Michigan City Green Drinks, 6:30pm at Shoreline Brewery
    Kathy Sipple will be talking about time banks and providing more details about upcoming events as well as how members can get involved. Suggested donation: $5 or $2/students and seniors
  • Thursday, May 19th 6-8pm - Time Banks and Organizations: How Nonprofits and Companies Can Benefit from Partnership. Location: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, Valparaiso, Indiana
    Linda Hogan from hOurworld Cooperative will be presenting. This will be a potluck dinner event, bring a dish to share. Donations requested to help cover the costs of flying the speaker to our area from Portland, Maine. RSVP required, space is limited. Full details and tickets available here. 
  • Friday, May 20th & Saturday, May 21st - Valparaiso, Indiana
    We are hosting a 2-day immersive training session with Linda Hogan from hOurworld.org for our newly forming leadership team. If you're interested in attending, download the registration/application and return to kathy@cothrive.org as an email attachment asap. The agenda (draft) is available for your review. It is a big commitment of time, but it's also a big investment of our resources so we want to make sure as many members as possible get as much information as possible to help us succeed in the future. Attendance will be limited to 25. Attendance for contributing members is free; non-members (e.g. members of neighboring time banks) may also apply to attend at a minimum contribution of $100 per attendee to help defray the costs of the training.
  • Sunday, June 26th - 2016 CoThrive Epic Skill Swap - Valparaiso, Indiana
    This will be an all day event that will serve as a meet up for existing members to meet one another and experience the many skills we possess and want to share. It will also serve as a fund raiser and member recruitment event. Sliding scale ticket price, pay what you can afford -- we don't want anyone to miss out! Reserve tickets now.

We will also staff information tables at several events at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens throughout the season. Volunteers are needed to help out, check time bank listings for details. Dates: Saturday, April 23rd; Sunday, May 8th, Thursday evenings 7-10pm from June 2nd through September 15th.

Thanks to our friends in the media for helping us get the word out!

March 17th - Regionally Speaking Show on Lakeshore Public Media

March 20th - Go Outside Radio Show on WVLP

March 20th - Northwest Indiana Times

March 21st - Valpolife.com

The biggest deal: members! We've got 49 of them. And they've exchanged 27 hours (so far recorded, anyway...I suspect there are more lingering out there that haven't been logged.) To apply for membership:

  1. Click here.
  2. Select Indiana - CoThrive Time Bank (Valparaiso) from the list of available time banks.
  3. Fill out application.

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