The Board and I are so pleased to announce that Board Member Kathy Perlow has stepped up to be the new Board Chair and that Chris Gray will step into a Co-Chair role to provide Kathy with support. I have known the strength, love, awesome dedication, and leadership that Kathy Perlow has brought to timebanking since 2000 when she first became a timebank coordinator, then mastermind of the Lehigh Valley Hospital Community Exchange TimeBank, and then a consistent and powerful connector of timebank leaders in the United States and overseas. I am delighted and grateful that she will be stepping in as chair to carry forward the vision for TimeBanks.Org and that Christine Gray — my dedicated partner since 1999 — will be joining Kathy as Co-Chair to continue to help nurture and grow timebanks wherever they may arise.
Already, Kathy and Chris have been working closely with our Executive Director Krista Wyatt as she has brought new energy, capacity, and teamwork to the organization. In this time of great change amidst new realities brought on by the pandemic, more people are facing what matters most in their lives. There seems to be a readiness for embracing the connection we have with each other and a growing sense of community – something that we intimately know through the core values of timebanking. Perhaps we’ve reached a tipping point and the time for timebanking, after four decades, has finally come.
It is time for us to recognize and value as never before the awesome strengths of community members and our ability to support and heal one another. To that end, you have my deepest commitment to do all I can to further the continued spread of timebanking to build stronger, more resilient, more caring communities.