Pay it forward….on the island. An approach to barter here….

Hi Ian,

Love the new website! Great job. I recently saw a piece on Good Morning America on a “time bank” and thought it would be perfect for our small community. Please check out this page.

It’s a way to pay it forward for services you can offer to someone in exchange for their services.

For example, I need a roof repair and Ed can offer car repair. You sign up for 2 hours of free labor for someone who offers 2 hours of their free labor in roof repair in exchange for Ed’s mechanical expertise (He is ASE Certified not to mention the hot sauce expert on SJI). You enter a credit (say for 2 hours or whatever) and are able to debit (again for 2 hours or whatever) in exchange for those repairs.

Of course if you’re the letigious kind, this won’t work but I think it would be great for our small community. It goes back to the old days of the barter system of trading your skills for someone else’s skills. Just a thought but I thought this would be a great idea in these economic times.

Of course someone would need to manage the credits and debits and I would be happy to donate my time for that. I immediately thought of your website as it does so much good for the community. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Genie Williams

Posted on March 16, 2009 at 11:10 am by

Categories: Around Here


  1. Genie, I heard the same piece on Good Morning America and thought it sounded like something we could do here, too. I noticed that they already seemed to have one in Seattle. Maybe there is more to be learned from there before we reinvent the wheel.

    Comment by David Bentley on March 17, 2009 at 7:40 am
  2. Hi just wanted to let everyone know that there is a web site being done, for people to barter.
    the web site will be call
    The site should be up and running by next month, and is run by a Friday Harbor person.
    For more enfo they can e-mail me at

    Comment by cyndi holyfield on March 17, 2009 at 10:58 am
  3. Mr. Bentley,
    Not trying to reinvent the wheel, as you suggest. Here on SJI we have very specific and different needs than Seattle. I don’t want to replicate what “Seattle” is doing. What we have here, on SJI, is a basic need. If you have roof repair that needs to be done, then I have a comparable skill I can provide. It’s about paying it forward and providing services needed locally. I don’t believe in a “wait and see” attitude. We don’t have that luxury here on the island. Something needs to be done now to help people with real and immediate needs. Not trying to be combative, but feel we need to take a pro-active position with the current economic times to help our neighbors. ~~Genie Williams~~

    Comment by Genie Williams on March 17, 2009 at 8:09 pm

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