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Cole-Lewis sees the time bank as a way to grow the local economy. It is affiliated with the Business Alliance for Local Living Economics, a national organization dedicated to creating sustainable, local businesses. The Lake County time bank is also a member of hOurworld, a national time bank organization. The group, which claims more than 20,000 members in 198 communities, offers software and training to help local groups get started.

Strong leadership is key to keeping new organizations going strong, said Daniels, who traveled last year from his East Coast base to assist the Lake County group and then decided to stay on as a local coordinator.

Sonoma County’s time bank faltered after its main champion, Sonoma State University Professor Art Warmoth, died a few months ago.

“He was our leader. I think we’re still trying to figure out what to do next,” said Weisman, who worked with Warmoth.

Daniels said he’s been talking to people in Sonoma and Mendocino counties about resurrecting their time banks.

“If there was a small bit of funding for a coordinator and some marketing, we would love to restart the (Sonoma County) time bank,” said Kelley Rajala, who was involved with the Sonoma County Time Exchange.

More information about the Lake County time bank can be found at: www.timebanklakeco.org.

You can reach Staff Writer Glenda Anderson at 462-6473 or glenda.anderson@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @MendoReporter.

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