Second Chance: Time Bank of the Rockies Rocks!

Second Chance: Time Bank of the Rockies Rocks!

Second Chance Humane Society recently announced its participation in Time Bank of the Rockies (TBR), a global grassroots initiative enabling members to exchange skills without a transfer of money. Today’s story is an update on the relationship, offering an exciting opportunity for all community members, which not enough people fully understand.



Our community Time Bank of the Rockies (TBR) includes, Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray and Delta Counties. Time banks, also known as “time exchanges,” are about people helping other people through a system in which everyone’s skills are equally valued and all participants benefit. Every hour you spend helping another creates a time credit that can be used to get help or purchase goods available from other members – the old barter system updated and modernized.

And how does it work for Second Chance?

It is quite simple.

Once you have joined TBR (for a small annual donation), your volunteer time with Second Chance earns you hours you can exchange for many services such as massages, auto mechanics, window washers, dog-walkers, tutors, and many others—all free!

I recently overheard a volunteer, new to time banking, share this anecdote with another:

“Before I joined (TBR), the idea of some of the services I now have access to were just ‘wish list’ items my budget could never afford.  However, after logging my volunteer hours with the Time bank, I’m getting my house cleaned this week, for FREE!”

The woman added: “Since becoming a member I have also met some wonderful people in the community.”  

Time Bank of the Rockies is bringing our community together by connecting everyone through an exchange of services…It’s as simple as that. Volunteering has never been so easy!  For those of you who already volunteer with Second Chance, I urge you to waste no time and sign up today. For anyone interested in volunteering or banking hours with TBR, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Shaw at or call 970.626.2273.  Or you can visit  for more details and a short educational video.

And now, a word from the author.

When you peer into my eyes you think deep blue sky…crystal clear sparkling blue mountain lake…glimmering sapphire…or one of those neon blue “energy” drinks that look radioactive and can’t be good for you. My eyes reflect my personality: endlessly calm, comforting and, except for the radioactive bit, energizing. If you are looking for some of that energy in your life, I am your girl. Visit the Second Chance Shelter today and ask for Lucy (in the sky with diamonds…).

Editor’s note: It’s no secret. The Telluride region is dog heaven. Well, pet heaven. Unless you are one of our furry friends who gets caught in the maw of neglect and abuse. Then heaven is on hold until Second Chance Humane Society comes to the rescue. Second Chance is the region’s nonprofit dedicated to saving animals’ lives and promoting responsible pet parenting and human-animal bond. In her weekly blog, executive director Kelly Goodin profiles at least one, generally two of the many animals now living at the no-kill shelter, Angel Ridge Shelter, a dog and a cat, hoping to find them loving permanent homes. The column is sponsored by Ted Hoff of Cottonwood Ranch & Kennel, who from time to time exercises his skills as a dog whisperer, partnering with Kelly and her staff to help train a particularly challenging animal.

Ted Hoff & friend

By the by, there is no better place to park your pup than Cottonwood whenever you head out of town (for locals) or are heading to town and staying somewhere that does not allow pets. Consider joining Ted’s Very Important Dog (VID) Club for added benies. (Details on Ted’s website.)

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shop are both located in Ridgway, but service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View the shelter pets and services online:

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