Neighbors build community in West Homewood exchange - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Neighbors build community in West Homewood exchange

Jean Perdue is one of the members of the West Homewood Community Exchange. Source: WBRC video Jean Perdue is one of the members of the West Homewood Community Exchange. Source: WBRC video
HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) -

Jean Perdue loves to mend things and it's something she gets paid to do. Not in money, mind you, but in time.

That's because she's a member of the West Homewood Community Exchange.

"I was the first person to use it," she says. "I wasn't shy at all."

The community exchange began in February 2012. It works sort of like the old-fashioned barter system. Say you give an hour of your time to tutor someone. You then earn an hour that you can use towards whatever service you need that's offered in the exchange.

The whole idea, says Kenyon Ross, one of the exchange organizers, is to build community.

"We go home and stay in the house and not offering our neighbors our services," he says. "So this is one way to develop community with our neighbors."

So far, the Exchange has 60 members from across the Birmingham metro that have provided over 600 hours of service.

The West Homewood Community Exchange has a chance to earn $25,000 through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program, but they need your help.

To vote for their program you can go to their website, westhomewood.com and find a link. You'll need a Facebook page to do so. You have until April 22 to cast your vote.

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