linkAges Community is a network that help members form meaningful connections with people of all ages through rewarding exchanges of abilities and interests. Communities are strengthened as members connect with one another to share and learn skills or to give and receive help. Members earn hours by providing services to other members, and then use those hours to receive services in return. We use a framework known as timebanking.
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Everyone over the age of 18 is eligible to join. You can join as an individual, as a nonprofit organization or as a health system interested in launching linkAges in your operating region.
It is flexible! There isn’t a minimum requirement for participation when you become a linkAges Community member. We encourage members to be as active as they can be. The more active members are, the more everyone benefits. An exchange can consist of a 15-minute call with another member for tech help to a weekly commitment at your local non-profit.
Yes. What’s important is that you participate. Remember, members receive 3 hours when you sign up, so you’re starting in the green. When in need, members can also receive hours from a community fund for members who are in high-need situations.
Each member has a personalized profile within the online community. Members use this resource to browse and keep track of exchanges. If you do not have access to a computer, contact the linkAges Coordinator about other options. We have members, college interns and tech day events to help folks get signed up.
Unlike conventional volunteer organizations, linkAges Community is based on reciprocity. It allows everyone to have opportunities to give back and contribute. We all have wants and needs, and we all have untapped value to offer the community. Rather than asking “How can I help you?,” linkAges members ask “How can we help each other?” By engaging cohesively, we can accomplish so much more.
We want to make sure members feel confident in their ability to safely exchange with each other. Each member is required to complete a criminal background check. Members are encouraged to participate at their comfort level.
Membership is free for individuals and non-profits!
No. Bartering is trading between two people, based on cash value (e.g. I’ll give you two goats for your pig). In the linkAges Community network, everyone’s time is equal. If you offer a service for one hour, then you receive one hour in your account. This network is more like a “pay-it-forward” system, which means you don’t have to figure out what to ‘give back’ to the person who helped you. If a linkAges member gives an hour of their time, they can receive an hour of anyone else’s time within the network.
You are able to record time spent on service exchanges in increments as small as 1⁄4 hour (15 minutes). We recommend that you round up in 30-minute increments.
linkAges Community does not offer liability insurance. In accordance with our Terms & Conditions, linkAges Community members participate at their own risk and are responsible for any injuries or damages to property incurred during exchanges.
Sure! Community members who are also family caregivers may create and manage accounts for their loved ones.
Yes! Many of our organizational partners are non-profits or faith-based groups that can represent members who have limited or no access to a computer. If you let us know that you need assistance, we may also be able to provide help through our linkAges Advocates (student internship) program. In addition, you may give a trusted friend, family member, or neighbor permission to manage your linkAges Community account, on your behalf.
No problem. Orientations are optional, but if you're interested in seeing an orientation, we offer several alternative ways to receive orientation information. You can view a video of the online orientation here, or contact a linkAges Coordinator through the Contact Us page, and we will respond directly to you!