Are you concerned about safety?

All Merrymeeting Shares applicants are interviewed and screened. The MCS Coordinator calls the personal references the applicant has listed. At this time MCS does not do a criminal background check. We rely on these references and the observations, intuition and feedback of the membership, and we encourage members to report any concerns to the Coordinator.… Continue Reading

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What about liability?

Some time banks obtain volunteer liability insurance, which covers problems that might occur during a service exchange. MCS does not carry liability insurance. In the decades that time banking has been around no claims have ever been filed against a time bank. Time banking is based on trust and reciprocity, and there is no anonymity… Continue Reading

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Why does MCS need donations?

Merrymeeting Community Shares membership is free-of-cost and open to all. Providing members with access to services at no cost does incur operational expenses such as utilities, technology, postage, office supplies, and events costs. These systems are essential to accomplishing our mission, reaching out to the community, and expanding the service base for our members. We… Continue Reading

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Can a member earn shares by doing volunteer work in the community?

Yes. When it has been cleared in advance with the Coordinator, besides exchanges between individual members, MCS may allow members to receive credit for providing services to the larger community, thus making the community a “member” as well. For example, members could earn shares by volunteering at the soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or teen center. Continue Reading

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Are there services MCS cannot provide?

We are not able to provide ongoing services such as giving you a ride to work every day or cleaning your house every week. We are also limited to the services offered by our members. MCS is always seeking members who can expand our service base. Also, although members have managed large projects through MCS,… Continue Reading

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If I need urgent help can I call MCS?

MCS does not provide emergency services. If you need time sensitive assistance, however, there are solutions open to you. The system is set up for you to contact any other member directly and request a service. If you require a service in a short time frame and can’t find a listing for that service, you… Continue Reading

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