Feb 272013


(This is the first post from the Hammond Girl Guides. We hope they will be regular contributors to the Hammond Neighbours website.)

Hands Across the Border is an event that takes place at the international Peace Arch border every second Sunday in June. This event has been going on for 90 years and they have only canceled it because of World War 2 (for 2 years) and the major construction for the border (for 2 years).

If you don’t know what Hands Across the Border is it’s when Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and other youth groups get the chance to trade crafts and meet with new people. The twist to this is that the people you get to meet are from Canada and America so it’s not just you meeting the same people from your district.

I’ve been in the Guiding community for 6 years now and I’ve been to Hands Across the Border 4 times and it has to be one of my favourite things about being in Guiding. Unfortunately this year a press release was sent out saying that due to lack of volunteers and money Hands across the border will be permanently canceled.

Cheyenne, 1st Port Hammond Pathfinders

(Guiders Note: Cheyenne is hoping to organize an event to help save Hands Across the Border which has been a favourite event for many girls in Port Hammond District. Look for updates!)

photo by: Aidan Jones
 Posted by at 12:28 am
Jul 312012

One neat idea that we’ve talked about is creating a tool share. (Does everybody really need to own their own chain-saw? Couldn’t we share a pressure canner?) Another idea we’ve talked about is finding a way to connect people in Hammond who need help with people who can provide help (for example, helping someone put in a vegetable garden, or helping someone who is ill and can’t walk their dog).

Enter “The Freeconomy Community“. This site connects up people who have stuff or skills with people who need stuff or skills. There is no charge to join, and no money changes hands. You help a neighbour, and someday a neighbour will help you.

To get started, just sign up for an account, then fill out your profile where you list your location, contact information and the skills, tools or space that you are willing to share. Once you have an account, you can look at a map and see other people near you and their skills and tools.

I have just signed up, so I have no experience to report. However, I’m pretty excited because the Freeconomy Community site provides the infrastructure we need to enable tool- and skill-sharing in Hammond (which would be a hard technical problem to solve by ourselves in anything other than an ad-hoc manner).

 Posted by at 5:04 pm