Hour Exchange Portland (HEP) is excited to offer members access to some of the best arts and entertainment in the area! Many professional artists and performers offer their services for time credits. HEP offers artisans and crafters the opportunity for mentorship, workshops, group discounts and group marketing.
HEP members may earn Time Dollars when volunteering with Catholic Charities, a member of HEP. Catholic Charities works with refugee and immigrant populations in Portland and also connects with the greater Portland community. You can help someone study for their citizenship test, learn new languages, introduce yourself to new food and cultures, and more.
Education and self-improvement are the keys to success. You can learn new skills, take classes and work with private tutors as a member of Hour Exchange Portland. You can also take sustainability workshops for time credits with member organizations like Portland Permaculture or reach out to a member who can teach you a skill you would like to learn.
Health care is one of the most utilized services in Hour Exchange Portland. There are many health services currently offered through HEP, ranging from comprehensive mental health and counseling services to herbal medicine, traditional allopathic medicine consults, energy therapies, exercise partners, nutritional consults, bodywork, midwifery and childbirth support, and meditation. There are also many services available through HEP that can help support you during an illness or injury, such as transportation to medical appointments, or a fresh-cooked meal delivered to your home.
You can get involved in any of these service areas to help sustain and grow them, recruit others to join them, or utilize Hour Exchange Portland to create your own program. In the past members have utilized HEP to create their own community building programs like recycling, garden swaps, and computers for kids, and you can too! There is no limit to what we can do when we work together.