Published DateTILTON — The Three Rivers Service Exchange plans a "Soup to Nuts" raffle night on Friday, May 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion at 4 Park St., Northfield.
Prizes will be all types of food, including appetizers, main dishes, and desserts.
All proceeds will support the work of the Three Rivers Service Exchange, a grassroots effort of community members from the Franklin area who have come together for the purpose of building community and promoting within Franklin, Hill, Northfield, Tilton, and Sanbornton the exchange of individual talents and services.
This effort began last year as a collaboration of the New Hampshire Children's Trust, Child and Family Services and the Franklin Circle of Parents support group, who came together to determine that one of the major needs of families in the community was getting their needs met with the time and resources that they have.
Julie Day, from the New Hampshire Children's Trust, had heard of Time Banks USA, which is a national organization that helps communities promote the exchange of services. With a generous grant from the Franklin Savings Bank, the Three Rivers Service Exchange became a member of Time Banks USA.
The plan is to build the membership of people in the five local communities who are willing to share and exchange their time and talents with others.
In the exchange of services, one hour of service given equals one hour of a service earned. Everyone has something to offer, and each talent is equally valuable. A young mother may offer two hours of childcare to a service exchange member, and she could get two hours of car repair from another member when her car needs work. A senior citizen could spend time tutoring a high school student, and receive the services of having his or her driveway shoveled or have the garden weeded.
Members of the service exchange are not limited to giving their time toindividuals. Places like the TRIP Center, the Community Action Program, the schools, nursing homes, food pantries, churches, the towns themselves and others can all benefit by peoplevolunteering their time through the service exchange.
Anyone interested in joining the service exchange or finding out more about it can call Jen Goulet