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Share Tompkins helps folks share and trade goods and services in Tompkins County, NY.

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Press: Share Tompkins in Tompkins Weekly Article about Economics of Happiness Screening

On April 27th, we were invited to speak about Share Tompkins as part of the panel discussion following the community screening of the film The Economics of Happiness.

The event was featured in an article by Eric Banford in the May 2-8 issue of Tompkins Weekly. You can read the full article on the Sustainable Tompkins site and here are some key excerpts:

Share Tompkins has been hosting monthly swaps and “Really, Really Free Markets” and co-founder Shira Golding said they
have received email from all over the U.S. and as far away as the UK,
asking how to start similar ventures…

Shira Golding and McKenzie Jones-Rounds of Share Tompkins talked about real life swap examples fostered through swap meets. Jones-Round swapped for a cello that wasn’t being used for a year of
guitar lessons. She shared that, “It’s not just about the stuff we keep out of the waste stream or save money on, it’s also about instilling in the kids in the community the value of who they are and what it means to be part of something bigger than themselves. It’s good to be someplace where people aren’t just willing to share their things, but they share themselves too. We are building a resilient, self-reliant, non-monetary based economy through this.”


Victory for NY Midwives

We’d like to congratulate our friends at Birthnet of the Finger Lakes for the passage of the Midwifery Modernization Act, which was signed into law by Governor Paterson yesterday. As Birthnet explains, “This legislation will increase access to midwifery care for women all over New York State and it will not cost the state anything.”

As it turns out, people who like sharing also like midwives. Some of our most active Share Tompkins organizers and participants have had home births with midwives! Below are photos taken at our January Really Really Free Market at the Henry St. John Building as part of the Birthnet’s “Free Our Midwives” photo project.

Jeci and Miles

McKenzie, Felix and Jamie

Jay, Bella and Evie

Article about Share Tompkins in Shareable Top Ten List!

Shareable, a great site on strategies for sharing, invited us to write a how-to piece last January, and now they have featured the article How to Throw a Community Swap Meet in their editors’ top ten list! Hopefully this will inspire even more people to read the article and organizing similar events in their communities.

Shareable, June 28, 2010
Best of Shareable, Part II: Top 10 Editors’ Picks

This is a wonderfully useful case study in city-wide sharing and countercultural community building, of which we have many. Why did this one stick in our editors’ minds? I’m not sure, but I do tend to use it as an example of an archetypical Shareable DIY piece, when asked for one.

Share Tompkins on Shareable

We're on the homepage of Shareable!

Shareable, a website that “tells the story of sharing,” invited us to write a how-to article for their site and we seized the opportunity in the hopes of inspiring similar efforts in other communities.

Read the article:

The Advocacy Center: “support, advocacy and education for survivors of domestic violence since 1977”

Another local organization has been added to our Resources guide: The Advocacy Center. In addition to running a 24-hour hotline for survivors of domestic violence, (607) 277-5000, they offer other services including crisis intervention, shelter and support, legal advocacy, examinations, and referrals.

If you know of other resources that should be listed in the guide, please tell us about them.

More Resources

Our Resources guide continues to expand – Tompkins County is full of amazing organizations and activists doing great work for the community! Here are two we just added this week:

  • IthacaNet – “Dedicated to increasing the awareness of, access to, and content on the Internet – by, for, and about the people of Tompkins County, New York.”
  • Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County – Visit their website for listings of food pantries, emergency services, a working families resource guide, and more. They also run hotlines: “Need Help Finding Help? Call 2-1-1 or 1-877-211-8667 toll free for Information About… Housing… Transportation… Food… Health Care… Employment Services… Recreation Program… Volunteering… Other Local Services”

Click here to browse the complete Resources guide – and leave us comments if you know of other organizations and services that we’re missing. Thanks for your tips!

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