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Rock Hour Community plans potluck to re-energize timebank group

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Gina Duwe
June 19, 2014

EVANSVILLE--Organizers hope a potluck gathering will help re-energize members and attract new ones to Rock Hour Community, which allows people to trade their talents and services.

“We're hoping to just get everybody moving,” said Becky Schenk-Gonzales, one of the coordinators.

The rough, long winter kept everyone indoors and not doing much, she said.

“We're basically reaching out to everybody again,” she said. “We want to get them rubbing elbows.”

Rock Hour Community will hold a potluck and get-to-know-you gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Creekside Place in Evansville.

The organization is a network of neighbors helping neighbors. Members help other members by offering services that make use of their skills and talents. In return, they receive TimeBank hours that they can use to get needed services from other members.

Gary Messinger of Evansville founded Rock Hour in 2012, and it has about 100 members from across Rock County. The majority of members live around Evansville, but organizers are hoping to attract members from anywhere.

“Rock County is our focus, but there are no boundaries,” Schenk-Gonzales said.

A woman recently helped Schenk-Gonzales with garden work that she couldn't do, she said.

“That was a blessing to have that,” she said.

Among the most common requests organizers see are rides to medical appointments, yard work and child care, she said. The goal is to get people to share what they're good at—maybe it's trading plumbing help for painting, she said.

“You don't have to be a brain surgeon,” though she joked TimeBank would take their time, too.



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