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2018 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap Short Video

Thanks to Chris for taking this short Holiday Gift and Toy Swap video today!  It was a great swap! Thank you to the volunteers, and the generous, kind people who participated!

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Swap Positive Advisory Board Wanted

Hi Swappers!

I’m looking for a Swap Positive Advisory board to explore next steps.  I started Swap Positive 14 years ago and it’s developed into an amazing way to benefit all stakeholders (Tokyo TV said they came over to interview me due to the high SEO of Swap Positive)!  However, since it’s just little ole’ me doing all the behind the scenes stuff, if something happens to me, Swap Positive would end!  I need an organization to share the responsibility.  Seeing that my passion and leadership has elevated my little volunteer social experiment into a high SEO powerhouse…it could now become self-supporting…but only with expert help!

Thus, why I’m looking for a Swap Positive Volunteer Advisory Board to explore next steps. I seek professionals who understand and support Swap Positive. Below is my dream advisory team (but I’m open to ANY help to create a way for Swap Positive to become self-sustaining!)

Please email me at swappositive@gmail.com if you can help!

1. Business Advisor, to help expand Swap Positive so it’s funded and self-sustaining

2. Website Designer Current Site on unsupported template and losing functionality.  I’ve purchased the domain names SwapPositive.com and SwapPositive.org.  Site needs to be made easier to navigate.  Venues, swap hosts, and non-profit picking up remainders need to more easily connect.  A calendar that is easy for everyone to read, and venues and hosts can update their swap info themselves without affecting other entries. A donate button needed.

3. Lawyer I started Swap Positive as a hobby for fun.  How can we move this towards a self-supporting organization while keeping it easy and fun for me and for all free swappers?

4. Accountant/CPA  When/if we get money from donations, investment, business, etc. how do we structure the company so that staff and bills get paid?

5. B- Corp Liaison  Swap Positive and B-Corps share much of the same mission.  Let’s figure out how we can partner

6. Government liaison How can government support Swap positive to keep usable items out of landfills, fill community needs for free?  We’ve had good input in the past, but I’d like an ongoing liaison to advise me.

7. Business Liaison Swap Positive brings in customers through free venue association, benefits company recycling goals, and provides free employee benefits. Let’s connect with businesses for mutual benefit!

8. Venue liaison Person to compile list of venues willing to host swaps, keep information updated on website.

9. Non-profit liaison Person to compile list of non-profits who’ll pick up remainders, keep information updated on website.

10. What can you offer on our Swap Positive Advisory Board? (please contact me at swappositive@gmail.com)

I’d like to meet once a month, so if you could email your name, email, phone, way you can help, and best days/times for you to meet, that would be Great!  Email  swappositive@gmail.com, and in the subject line write “Swap Positive Advisory Board”

Volunteers Needed for the Holiday Gift and Toy Swap!

It’s time to get volunteers for the 2018 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap in NE Portland!  Tentative date is Saturday December 8th when we get all volunteer positions filled.  Feel free to choose how you/your friends would like to help to make the magic happen!  Volunteers assure themselves a place at the swap! You can reply below, or contact swappositive@gmail.com

 VOLUNTEERS POSITIONS AVAILABLE*:

1-2 Person(s) with van(s) who will pick up and give away remainders for free to a charity who gives away the items, not sells them.  Bring a van and pick up boxes/bags on day of swap between 3:00pm and 3:15pm, then deliver them and make lots of people happy!

4+ people who will bring boxes and bag/box up remainders after swap.  Arrive any time between 1pm and 2pm so you have time to put out your own stuff. Bring boxes (you can get free ones from most grocery stores if you ask in advance). Start packing up around 2:45pm or whenever the crowd has thinned out, and stay until everything is packed up (est. 3:15pm).

This is a great volunteer opportunity to welcome the holiday season of giving, a chance to de-clutter holiday giftables you no longer have a use for, AND shop for new-to-you sustainable gifts for yourself and family!

*Positions filled: 3 people to vacuum, 2 people to greet and sign in swappers, 1 person taking RSVP’s,  and 5 people who’ve volunteered to help put things out, 2 people who’ve offered to help box things up at the end.  We have someone to help pick up remainders and donate them to a clothing closet, but if you have a van and would be willing to help them transport, please let me know! 

Need volunteer to pick up remainder costumes and decorations

Hi swappers!  The women’s size 6-12 swap in NE Portland would like someone to pick up the costumes and decorations after the swap October 13th around 3pm.

If you know of a theater group, or you are attending an upcoming swap in October that would like a starter-pile of Halloween goodies, please let me know by emailing swappositive@gmail.com.

Heck, if you want the remainders to decorate your own house and for your own costume box that would work too!

Email your name and phone number, and that you will pick up October 13th at 3pm, to swappositive@gmail.com and I’ll give you the address to the swap.

You can be any sex/size to pick up the remainders – many costumes/accessories and all decorations tend to be one-size-fits-many.

Thanks!

Thanks for Sharing Swap Positive on Japanese TV TOKYO!

IMG_8984We had a great time tonight with News Program Director Wataru Nakamura,
and his staff Yuki Asahina and Hiroki Bando of TV TOKYO sharing Swap Positive for their prime time economic show Zipangu. (I totally spaced out and didn’t get a photo with them!  I’m disappointed, but have the happy memory of interacting in person and sharing the Swap Positive story…and I did get his card that I’m holding…). They interviewed us about Free Swaps, took a video of us swapping, and after the show airs they hope to get us a copy within the next month or so.

Thank you to the swappers able to make it to demonstrate a Swap Positive Free Swap: Christine Yun (not pictured), Barb Hughes, Wendy White Kettle, Sarah Guldenbrein, Shay Mullins, and Nagisa Day. You were all awesome! We all got some cute clothes, Shay is taking the remainders to SnowCap, and the food and visiting after the swap was extra special. Thank you for volunteering!

Be on TV Tokyo for Swap Demonstration!

Hi Swappers!

Would you consider volunteering to demonstrate Free Swapping with the viewers of TV Tokyo for the prime time economic variety show Zipangu?  This is really late notice, so I’m asking people who understand Free swaps to be involved Continue reading

Looking for Japanese Speaking Swapper

Hi swappers!  I was contacted by a Japanese TV station called Tokyo TV about doing a feature on Swap Positive.  If you speak Japanese, I’d love to hear from you ASAP.  The producers of their prime time economic variety show called Zipangu is wanting to do a short feature on the barter market and they heard about Swap Positive’s unique system of people swapping clothes.  As a sister city, they would like to stop by on August 26th or 27th for an interview.

I’m reaching out to see if we have any swappers willing to help me with this?  If so, please email me at swappositive@gmail.com and leave your name and phone number so I can call you back and we can talk about this fun opportunity!