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Onion River Exchange

New Member Orientation At-A-Glance

ORE Orientation—the fast version!

 

What makes ORE work well?

  • Understanding that ORE takes effort from YOU to be a useful tool and fun experience:

    • Make good use of Community Weaver, our online exchange program.

      • Post offers and requests.

      • Look through the lists of existing offers and requests and directly reach out to folks who could use your help or who have some skills you are looking for. If you directly reach out, your ORE Membership will be much more fruitful for you. Directly reaching out to other Members by phone or email will increase the amount of successful exchange you participate in. REPEAT! SO IMPORTANT! Directly reach out!

    • ORE is mostly a Member run time bank. What support can you give to ORE? Members host potlucks, give orientations, assist with Community Weaver trainings, assist Members without internet and SO much more. ORE depends on solid support from the Membership to not only stay vibrant, but to exist.

  • Communication and setting up an exchange (include this information in your offers and requests)

    • Skill level that you are either offering or looking for.

      • If you learn to knit today, tomorrow you can offer to teach someone else…just make sure to let folks know what your skill level is.

    • Is there any money involved?

      • The only time that money comes into ORE is for material expenses. If I bake a cake for you, there will be both a time charge (baking, cleaning up, maybe even delivering) and a monetary charge for ingredients (unless you drop the ingredients off at my house). The most common examples of monetary expenses are cooking/baking ingredients, gas money, craft expenses like yarn. You should never have to go out of pocket to help another ORE Member.

    • How long is the exchange?

      • It may take one Member 8 hours to knit a sweater, while it may take another 2 months. Both are ok as long as both Members know what is expected. Remember that if a Member drives 30 minutes to give you a lesson in making curry, their driving time counts—also talk about gas money. If you are giving someone a ride to the airport, the exchange starts when you leave the house and ends when you get home. If you were already going to the airport, cut the time in half.

    • Boundaries and Responding

      • If someone is looking for 12 cord of wood to get stacked, you might offer to come for 2 hours. That way, both you and the person you are helping will know exactly what amount of help they are getting.

      • Whenever another ORE Member contacts you, we ask that you always respond either with a yes or a no. You can say no for any reason: doesn’t work in your schedule, you don’t want to do it, or the vibe isn’t right with that person. **We ask that if you do not hear back from a Member, that you let ORE Staff know so that we can connect with that person.

  • After the exchange

    • Log your time!

      • The Member that gives the time, logs the time!

      • If you bake a cake and all together the mixing, baking, and cleaning up takes you 2 hours and 15 minutes, you would log 2.25 hours. Some exchanges are only 15min or .25 hours long!

      • ORE uses the time logged as our proof to the world of how awesome we are, especially when applying for grants…if you don’t log your time, you are actually financially hurting ORE (boo!).

    • How did the exchange go?

      • ORE grows mainly from Members sharing their experience with the people in their lives, including ORE! Send us a write up of your exchange, send pictures; we’ll use it respectfully in our newsletter and media. Plus you’d earn time for sharing your story! Every Member that joins and says you referred them earns you 2 hours of credit!

      • Less than fantastic?

        • If the exchange doesn’t go the way you’d hoped, talk it through with the Member, remembering to follow the ORE Ethics Policy of exchanging with Respect, Safety, Peaceful Coexistence, Cooperation, Listening, and the Equitable Sharing of Ideas. Once you’ve talked it through, you can always look to ORE Staff for more support.

 

This is a very fast version of an Onion River Exchange orientation. We ask that every Member read this document and come to one of our regularly scheduled. If you live far from Montpelier, talk with ORE staff about helping you set up an orientation.


 

We welcome you to ORE and look forward to hearing
your stories of successful exchanges!