Time bank fundraiser to promote community

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Jul. 11, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 13, 2013
Time bank fundraiser to promote community

The Boone Community Network is hoping a time bank fundraiser will help foot the bill for future installments of the Howard Street Exchange summer festivals.
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No matter which currency or barter system one deals in, time is one finite resource that no one can fully recover.

Knowing the importance of one another’s time in today’s on-the-go society can reap unseen dividends down the road.

To capitalize on this invaluable commodity, the Boone Community Network, an emerging social media network in Watauga County, is holding a Time Bank Fundraiser at 5 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Appalachian Mountain Brewery (163 Boone Creek Drive).

Rio Tazewell, the network’s founder, said this style of fundraising is unique and is intended to promote networking within the community.

“Basically, we are getting people to donate their time, an hour or two, providing services — whether that is through a massage, babysitting, cooking or a guitar lesson,” Tazewell said. “We are auctioning these services to raise money for the street festivals (on Howard Street) this summer.”

The street festival gives nonprofit organizations, artists, musicians and other small businesses the chance to publicize their many talents and offerings, Tazewell said, adding that the first two installments of the monthly street festivals went “really well.”

“The first one was really good,” he said. “The last time, we had 50 vendors, 200 people with beautiful weather. Then it started raining, but a lot of people still stuck it out.”

Like other endeavors of the BCN, the street festivals are a chance for people to come together.

“This is an opportunity to network, meet new people and become aware of local businesses you may not be aware of,” Tazewell said in a previous interview. “It’s really a community celebration of what’s here in Boone and an opportunity to help the local economy by giving local businesses and artists (the ability) to vend directly to the public in the downtown.”

Altogether, the BCN needs $7,500 to launch the summer’s three remaining street festivals. The festivals have seen support from the town of Boone, but Tazewell said he is not sure if that will become an ongoing commitment and understands the importance of external fundraising.

Like the street festivals, the time bank auction is just one more way to meet someone’s needs with a common interest or hobby.

“I hope that many connections are made and that people will meet someone new, so they can provide or receive new services for an ongoing time,” Tazewell said. “Also, I want the idea of the time bank to catch on, so (people) can think about what they need and how they can use it for themselves.”

This type of cohesion and networking is one of the reasons Tazewell said he founded BCN. The online social network, which emulates features from Twitter and Facebook, was developed with the idea in mind to serve as a bridge between Appalachian State University and the town of Boone.

For more information on the BCN and upcoming events, visit http://www.connectboone.net or search for “Boone Community Network” on Facebook.

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