Have you ever wished Corvallis had its own resource for individual handymen or house cleaners? Someone you could get to know, rely on, and feel good about supporting without feeling forced to support a business, no matter how local? Well, it does!
Corvallis’ HOUR Exchange creates, issues, and oversees the administration of our very own local currency. This money is termed HOURS, and its value essentially correlates with the time it takes to do whatever job you need.
The HOUR Trader, the HOUR Exchange’s quarterly newsletter, serves as a community directory for available services. It’s a yellow book of sorts, full of the most local of local assistance for everything from art and editing to food and delivery services.
Participating in the HOUR Exchange helps keep money within the community. HOURs are real money that works in tandem with the U.S. dollar. In addition, HOURs support community cooperation, develop the skills and resources of individuals as entrepreneurs, and add to the wealth of our region.
To get involved pick up a copy of the HOUR Trader and fill out the membership enrollment form—find it on the back of the newsletter. For more information and a good time, too, visit the 11th annual Winter Celebration, the HOUR Trader’s Winter Marketplace. It will be held on December 9 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Old World Deli.
by Lisa Tedder