Promo video for Skill Share and Repair Cafe is here!

Here's our promo video which celebrates the Timebank's 2018 SkillShare and our first Repair Cafe at the 2018 Montgomery County GreenFest. Join us for the 3rd Annual SkillShare & Repair Cafe on February 10, 2019.

Toys/Games/Puzzles, Sporting Equipment and Musical Instruments SWAP!

I took some toys, small cars, puzzles, and other things. I'm sending them to the Jose Castro Lopez School in Cortes, Honduras. For the children in Honduras, they're easy to play with and help them learn, especially the puzzles. Thank you!  -Edilson

Here's a game called Arrogance -- a set of cards, so it's portable which is always good. Here, it's got a question on how many countries are in the European Union. I love games that challenge your mind to gather information. It pushes the limits of knowledge, and if you don't know an answer, you're set to go learn it. -Tanya

I found a really nice puzzle for my mom. Her nursing home burned down a couple of weeks ago. They're all staying in a hotel now, so I'm bringing them lots of puzzles to give them something to do. -Alisha

We brought a lot because our kids are older, and it's time to declutter. In fact, my son just went to college, and he finally let us get rid of some of his things from when he was young. -Laurie

I found some things like Jenga for an after-school program. And I also found something for a friend who just had a baby. For Zev, I got some board games and an airplane-making kit.  He found some things I didn't even know he would like, like this vintage Uncle Wiggly game from 1956. I'm excited to play this with him.  -Gargi

I was so happy to get rid of what my kids have outgrown. They have a lot, but they get used to it, and then they're not interested anymore. My daughter was really looking forward to today to find something new. -Olga

I found a recorder here for my daughter who also wants to play the ukulele.  They all play the recorder in music class. I did when I was young, too. -Shannon

I'm taking home less than I brought, so that's good. It's a great way to clean up the toy room. -Cynthia

I have a friend who works at Infants and Toddlers, part of MCPS. They are always looking for puzzles with knobs to help with coordination. And other things for special needs students. I was looking for farm animals, and I found one cow.  -Emily

I got a clarinet and this guitar. I'll bring them on my mission trip to Jamaica.  We'll be doing all kinds of arts at a school in Kingston. I am so excited I found these here. Thank you so much.  -Chevella

Our society can be so striated, but what we've noticed about the timebank swaps is that it attracts and unites people from all around the community in an informal and uplifting way. -Jonathan

Any leftover toys, games and puzzles went to A Wider Circle. Any left over sporting equipment went to Level the Playing Field, and any leftover musical instruments went to the Washington Revels. Many thanks to the Washington Revels for hosting the Silver Spring Timebank’s swap!

Our first Repair Cafe is a hit!

What's a Repair Cafe? It's about getting stuff fixed, helping the environment and building community, all at the same time!  The Silver Spring Timebank hosted our first Repair Cafe on Saturday, May 5 at the Montgomery County GreenFest. There was a steady crowd of people to get a variety of items fixed including furniture, jewelry, clocks and small appliances, and the feedback was terrific!  

  • One woman, who had four chairs repaired, was "super happy!".

  • Another woman arrived with a broken clock, a 20-year old wedding gift, and left with it working like new again.

  • And a woman came with a jewelry box nearly in pieces, and she was thrilled to have it fixed as it carried great meaning for her.

Our first foray into the Repair Cafe scene was a success, and we'll be sure to offer another in the future...stay tuned!

Making Monster Stuffies!

A dozen SSTB members came out on a wintry Saturday in February to make monster stuffies to donate to the National Children's Hospital. Monster-makers enjoyed some delicious snacks and visited with other SSTB members while they made their crazy creations.

Many thanks to 8th grader Lana Anderson, founder of Small Things Matter, for her help in leading this SSTB service social. You can read all about Lana's amazing efforts as she was recently profiled as a Silver Spring Cares Superhero in the Source of the Spring.

Check out the video from the event on our FB page!

2nd Annual Skill Share: January 2018


The information at the table for natural household and personal care products was just what I need.  I’m expecting a baby, so I’m very mindful of what I put on my body. —Elisa

I learned about hybrid seeds.  They don’t always grow into the same hybrid plant they came from.  Sometimes they can grow into the different plants that the hybrid was made from. —Diane

I learned about how marbled paper is made and also the A-B-Cs of bike mainentance:  Air, Brakes, Chain. —Madeline

At the frugality talk, she said keeping track of your spending is not about being cheap.  It’s about being honest with yourself and making sure you spend your money on what you really want.  I also went to the Fostering a Love of Reading table.  I have two very young grandchildren who already love to read, but I was curious to learn more strategies. —Emily  

Dale gave some good tips on paring down, like how to part with things that have sentimental value.   —Anna 

I learned the proper way to make a dog vomit if she has eaten something toxic – and that I shouldn’t do that if the thing she ate was caustic.  Also, I didn’t realize how much dogs like marijuana which is poisonous for them. —Dawn

I learned not to use WD-40 on my bike chain.  I made my first greeting card.  And I learned that the problem my monkey is having could be psychological or from an old injury.  —Paphil

If I want to save seeds from cucumbers and tomatoes, I found out that I have to break down the mucous membranes around the seeds first.  I stopped at the Mending Knits table, and I may ask her to help me repair my gloves through the timebank.  —Wendy

I was interested in the book one of the speakers talked about: Your Money or Your Life.  I already read How to Retire Happy.  It’s important to think about these things.  —Sue 

I found out how to recycle and save materials by using part of an old sock to patch another sock.     —Mei Mei 

I saw some homemade books at the Bookbinding table, and I would like to learn more about how to do that.  —Olivia

We already do home exchanges when traveling, but I was glad to learn about the other options – like Servas --  that Emily told us about in her talk.  —Jonathan 

I went to the talk on frugality where she shared tips, some of which I already do, like keeping track of every bit of money I spend.  I asked about a repair at the knitting table.  I have a nice sweater I want to give away, but it has a small hole on the front.  I hoped I could take wool from another part of the sweater and use it to patch the hole, but that wouldn’t work in this case.  —Kathie

The host traveling handout will be extremely useful.  I also learned that I can make my own detergent and deodorant.  It doesn’t seem so complicated, and it’s cheaper and healthier.  I also talked to Jessica who was demonstrating power tools.  She will help with some of my home repairs through the timebank.  When I learn how to use the tools, maybe I will invest in some of them myself.  —Oswaldo

I found out about the timebank today, and it really is a good idea.  Everyone has something to offer.  Today I went to the bike talk, and my wife attended the seed saving talk.  My daughter has rescued a few injured squirrels, so she was interested in the animal first aid presentation.  —Robert

Thank you to the Silver Spring Civic Building for offering us wonderful space to hold our second Skill Share!