There are a variety of local resources and initiatives that welcome the participation of Owen Brown residents. This not a comprehensive list nor is it an endorsement for any particular program.
Columbia Community Exchange
The CCE is a community-based Time Banking program offered by the Columbia Association to provide an opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors through the mutual exchange of everyday services. Using Time Dollars as an exchange (instead of money) allows a member to earn a Time Dollar for every hour of service provided and then use the Time Dollars to purchase services from any member in the network.
Time Dollars are a type of community currency that anyone can earn by using their time, energy, skills, and talents to help others. Time Dollars value everyone's contribution equally, allowing each person to be a part of the solution. Columbia Community Exchange members can provide all types of services, including house painting, gardening, minor home repair, transportation, computer maintenance, tutoring, etc. Services may vary widely depending on the skills, talents and abilities of the current members.
The Freecycle Network is made up of 4,721 groups with 6,573,066 members across the globe. It's a grassroots, nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills.
Membership is free, and everything posted must be FREE, legal and appropriate for all ages. To view the items being given away or sought in Columbia, you must be a member of the local group.