Hour Exchange Portland is a unique social project in Portland, Maine that encourages well-networked communities where your time can be your currency.
Founded in 1997, Hour Exchange works on a system of reciprocity by which one "banks" hours by volunteering a service such as tennis lessons, web design, photography or even pet grooming. Notably, health care is one of the most frequently used categories, which includes services such as dental cleanings.
Hour Exchange Portland currently has over 900 members both individual and organizational partners and functions as a community online. Interest in the social organization has increased as the US economy has declined, from which a scarce unemployment crisis still exists for Maine's largest city.
Hour Exchange Portland website
Hour Exchange Portland on Facebook
Hour Exchange Portland on Twitter
Hour Exchange Portland Has Residents Trading Services
Rebecca Byers — August 14, 2012 — Social Good
References: hourexchangeportland.org & fastcoexist