About Partners In Care
Time-banking, which is also called service-exchange, is the tool we use to empower older adults to remain independent in their situation of choice. Our objective is to build community by engaging people to help each other with the myriad tasks involved in everyday living. It is an innovative concept-in-action which provides an incentive for people to get involved. Anyone who helps out will get help back from the community when they need it. Everyone has something to contribute and is valued for it. It is affirming and empowering.
Here are a few samples of the countless "matches" made among our 2,400 volunteer members. You can:
- Help someone read their mail and in exchange have a ride to a medical appointment.
- Pick up groceries for a neighbor and in exchange have your computer repaired.
- Use your handyman skills to fix someone's leaky faucet and in exchange have your errands run by a friendly helper.
- Work in the Upscale, Resale Boutique a few hours and in exchange have a ride to the airport.
Our currency is time
We help ourselves and each other live with dignity and independence, and we feel a sense of community. It's intentional reciprocity; it's very powerful.
PIC is the first service exchange program based in Maryland. We were founded in 1993 and have been making careful and creative "matches" between people for 20 years! We want to benefit all Maryland residents by expanding the concept - it's one community member helping another. We are headquartered in Anne Arundel County and have sites in Calvert County, Frederick County, and Talbot County.
The services we provide are non-medical and neighborly, including transportation, handyman help, yard work, friendly visits, support for caregivers, emergency safety and preparedness, socialization programs, advocacy, paid and volunteer work opportunities, and more.
What is Service Exchange?
The service exchange concept is based upon the premise that everyone has something to contribute. By sharing skills among a large network of people, community is created and the tasks of daily living are accomplished. When a volunteer member performs a task, he earns credit hours that may be banked for use at a later date, donated to another person or contributed to the community bank.
Volunteer match-makers work in the office every day linking people to each other. Those who need services on a certain day are matched to someone who wants to provide service on that day. Everyone contributes if possible. Today you may be on one side of the equation and on the other side tomorrow. Working together to identify and utilize assets in the community, we can use everyone’s time and talents to get the necessary jobs done.