The LETSaholic Twist
- Everything you always wanted to know about LETS
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the USA


The United States of America

President:
Barach Obama (2009)

Vice President:
Joseph Biden (2009)

Land area (2000):
3,537,441 sq mi
(9,161,972.2 sq km)

Population (mid-2005 est.): 295,734,134
(change 1990�2000: 13.2%)
average annual rate of natural increase (2000): 6.1%;
birth rate (1999): 14.5/1000;
infant mortality rate (1998): 7.2/1000;
density per sq mi: 79.6

Capital (2000 census):
Washington, DC, 572,059

Largest cities (2000 census):
New York: city proper, 8,008,278;
metro. area, 21,199,865;
Los Angeles: city proper, 3,694,820;
metro. area, 16,373,645;
Chicago, city proper, 2,896,016;
metro area, 9,157,540;
Houston, 1,953,631;
Philadelphia, 1,517,550;
Phoenix, 1,321,045;
San Diego, 1,223,400;
Dallas, 1,188,580;
San Antonio, 1,144,646;
Detroit, 951,270

Monetary unit:
dollar

Languages:
English,
sizable Spanish-speaking minority

Ethnicity/race:
White: 211,460,626 (75.1%);
Black: 34,658,190 (12.3%);
American Indian and Alaska Native: 2,475,956 (0.9%);
Asian: 10,242,998 (3.6%);
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 398,835 (0.1%);
Other race: 15,359,073 (5.5%);
Hispanic origin: 35,305,818 (12.5%);

Religions:
Protestant, 61%;
Roman Catholic, 25%;
Jewish, 2%;
other, 5%;
none, 7%

Literacy rate:
97% (1980)

Background:
The United States became the world's first modern democracy after its break with Great Britain (1776) and the adoption of a constitution (1789). During the 19th century, many new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions. The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65) and the Great Depression of the 1930s. Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation-state. The economy is marked by steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.

Area - comparative:
about one-half the size of Russia; about three-tenths the size of Africa; about one-half the size of South America (or slightly larger than Brazil); slightly larger than China; about two and one-half times the size of Western Europe.

Coastline:
19,924 km

Geography - note:
world's third-largest country (after Russia and Canada)


... Arizona ...

Mesa United Way
Dan Duncan, President
email: dan.duncan@uwa.unitedway.org
225 E. Main Street, Suite 301 Mesa, AZ 85201
phone: (602) 834-2100
fax: (602) 834-8184

Tucson Traders
Arizona
The Steering Committee
email: tucsontraders@hotmail.com
web: http://hometown.aol.com/ttradersbiz/myhomepage/index.html

... California ...

Bay Area Bucks / Resource Exchange Bank
California
email: raft@mailexcite.com

BREAD
(Bay Area Regional Exchange and Development)

(San Francisco Bay Area)
email: info@breadhours.org
web: www.breadhours.org
PO Box 3973, Berkeley, CA 94703 USA
Phone: 510-644-0376

Community Currency
Carol Brouillet
My focus is on Community Currency (the difference between money and real wealth), what is money, the global situation, the many blossoming alternatives to our debt-based system/corporate capitalism).
web: http://www.communitycurrency.org

Elders Network
Rosalind Singer
P.O. Box 11247 Berkeley, CA 94702-2247
phone: 510-597-8010, x 401
fax: 510-653-3106

Open Arms, Inc.
Jim Roberts

Rossmore Volunteer Exchange Services
Renee Breedlove or Priscilla Tudor
P.O. Box 2070 Walnut Creek, CA 94505
phone: 510-988-7751

Santa Barbara Community Currency
California
email: sustain@silcom.com
web: http://www.silcom.com/~sustain/SBHours

Sierra Intergenerational Time Exchange (SITE)
Betty McCown, Zaida Petievich
P.O. Box 1414 Grass Valley, CA 95945
phone: 530-274-2807

Village Barter Bank
Debra Fitzgerald
Description Resident-based neighborhood exchange program.
Azalea Park Branch 4284 41st Street San Diego, CA 92105
phone: (619) 283-9624 and (619) 641-7656

... Colorado ...

Service Exchange
Mary-Ellen (Bunny) Fowler or Veronica (Ronnie) Leivian
2345 Bent Way Longmont, CO 80501
phone: 303-678-3228
fax: 303-678-3321

... Connecticut ...

Project Independence
Jackie Jamrock
401 West Thames Street Unit 1601 Norwich, CT 06360
phone : 860-886-0677
fax: 860-823-1766

... Florida ...

Abriendo Puertas Casey Mental Health Initiative
Ana Miyares
6423 Collins Avenue, #1201 Miami Beach, Florida 33141
phone: (305) 649-6449
fax: (305) 649-1459

... Georgia ...

CareShare Exchange
Rochelle Adair or Selena Wingate
5669 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE Suite 260 Atlanta, GA 30342
phone: 404-851-5909
fax: 404-851-5912

... Illinois ...

Christian County Volunteer Program
Andra Ebert
1120 N. Webster Taylorsville, IL 62568
phone: 217-287-7246

Cross Age Peer Tutoring Program
Calvin Pearce
email: think@ix.netcom.com
P.O. Box 436964 Chicago, IL 60643-6964
phone: 773-233-4442
fax: 773-233-4124

... Kansas ...

Episcopal Social Services Hospital Aftercare Program
Susan Carmen
11613 Carter Street Overland Park, KS 66219
phone: 913-469-1771

... Maine ...

Maine Time Dollar Network
Auta Main
email: info@mtdn.org
web: http://www.mtdn.org/
215 Congress Street Portland, ME 04101
phone: 207-874-9868
fax: 207-773-4701

... Maryland ...

Partners in Care
Maureen Cavaiola
email: partners@PartnersInCare.org
web: http://www.partnersincare.org
North Arundel Hospital
301 Hospital Drive Glen Burnie, MD 21061
phone: 410-553-8054 and 800-227-5500
fax: 410-787-0135

... Minnesota ...

Southeast Brainerd Service Exchange
Judy Kidder
email: ronk@brainerd.net
510 S. 10th Brainerd, MN 56401
phone: 218-829-9100

... Missouri ...

Grace Hill Settlement House
(St.Louis city and county and St. Charles County)
(Member Organized Resource Exchange/MORE System)
Betty Marver
email: bettym@gracehill.org [Betty Marver]
web:[Betty Marver] Grace Hill Settlement House
[Betty Marver] Grace Hill Head Start
1139 Olive, St. Louis, MO. 63101
WE HAVE BEEN OPERATING SINCE 1981 AS A NEIGHBORHOOD BASED TIME DOLLAR EXCHANGE. OUR ORIGINS OUR SETTLEMENT HOUSE (1903).

... Ney York ...

Community Exchange
WOMANSHARE
Diana McCourt
email: wshare@aol.com
web: http://www.angelfire.com/ar2/womanshare
680 West End Ave. New York, NY 10025
Not sure if you count us as a traditional LETS - group sort of a cross between LETS and Time Dollar.

Ithaca HOURS
Paul Glover (607) 272-4330
email: hours@lightlink.com
web: http://www.lightlink.com/hours/ithacahours/
Hometown Money Starter Kit and video is available for $40 ($50 abroad) from HOUR Town, Box 6578, Ithaca, NY 14851

... Ohio ...

Cuyahoga HOURS
David Ellison
c/o N.E. Ohio Greens
530 Euclid Ave. #200 Cleveland, OH 22115
phone: 216/631-0557

Portage HOURS
Jefferson Beck
P.O. Box 3231 Kent, OH 44240
phone: 330/678-0654

Summit HOURS
Gloria Bloore
513 W. Exchange St. Akron, OH 44302
phone: 330/733-0842

... Pennsylvania ...

Community Exchange
(Location: USA, Pennsylvania,Lehigh County)
Anne Rogers, Program Manager
email: dancing112@yahoo.com
MESH, 17th and Chew St, Allentown, PA ,18105
po box 7017
Phone: 610 402 2486

... Philadelphia ...

Equal Dollars Community
Currency & Bartering System

(Location: Philadelphia, PA USA)
4700 Wissahickon Avenue, Suite 126 Philadelphia, PA 19144 USA)
email: Vanessa@rhd.org
or Jonathan@rhd.org
web: http://www.rhd.org/equal.html
Phone: (215) 951-0300
Fax: (215) 848-3194

... VA ...

Pat MacMaster - doing business as:
CEDE
(verb: to formally surrender, empower)
Temporary Location: Huntington Beach, VA
(with 1st grandson!!!)
email: cedetimedollar@aol.com
Description of services: assistance with program design and evaluation plan, resource development and grant writing, building community collaborations.
I provide technical assistance to programs on the timedollar e-group. I also work by email and on-site for any type of community-based and ethnic community programs; have for over 20 years.

... Washington ...

The Sound Exchange
Washington
email: vision@olywa.net
web: http://www.olywa.net/vision/

... Washington, DC...

Kenilworth-Parkside Resident Management Corp
Rita Epps
4500 Quarles Street, N.E. Washington, DC 20019
phone: 202-686-5200
fax: 202-537-5033

Manna, Inc
Kermit Reynolds
1606 7th Street, NW Washington, DC 20003
phone: 202-232-2844

Time Dollar Youth Court
David Perez
409 E Street, NW Building B, Suite 102 Washington, DC 20001
phone: 202-508-1612

... Wisconsin...

Madison HOURS
(Location: Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.)
Laura Lentz
P.O. Box 3204 Madison, WI 53704.
608/256-9853.
email: postmaster@madisonhours.org
web: http://www.madisonhours.org


... The Rest of USA ...
(If someone can let me know what States these groups belong to, I'll slot them into their correct locations.
... thanx to 'Sept255' for helping me place the majority of my 'homeless' Community Currency groups.)

Question: Is Washinton DC also a state? Or is it part of another state? Basically, is it OK where I've categorised it above?

CareXchange
Mindy Mazur
email: mmm4433@aol.com

Community Resource Bank (CRB)
Chris Jeong
email: Bokop@aol.com

Humboldt Local Currency Project
web: http://www.thejack.org/10-27-99/community/comm_currency.html

Simply HOURS
email: hours@simplyliving.org
web: http://www.simplyliving.org/sl/simhours.htm

Summit HOURS
email: AFSCOLE@aol.com
web: http://www.afsc.org/glrhome/summit.htm

The Women's Resource Center Community Ca$h Project
email: women@wrcdurango.org
web: http://www.wrcdurango.org/CommunityCash.html

Time Dollar Institute
web: http://www.timedollar.org/

Waldo HOURS
email: garyrobb@uninets.net
web: http://members.mint.net/troberts/waldohrs.html


Related Links

Hour Island, Hour World, Hour Economy
1998 Spruce Roots
web: http://www.spruceroots.org/December98/Money.html

American Monetary Institute
web: http://www.monetary.org
email: ami@taconic.net

Coalition to reform money
web: http://www.wavefront.com/~moneytalkscrm/
email: mts@pop.visi.com
email: gksoderb@smig.net

Community Cash Catches On
(Michael Sandler)
web: http://seegreenweb.com/library/pg36.html

Community Currency Alternative
web: http://www.lumiere.net/home/articles/currency.htm
email: MiyokoS@aol.com

Cooperation: The Wealth of Nations Game
Robert Blain Ph.D.
web: http://www.hourmoney.org
web: http://www.siue.edu/~rblain/index.htm
email: rblain@siue.edu
I am working on getting an hour of work adopted as the world money unit. Already, exchange rates correlate .90 with what they would be if based on the hour. I have published and unpublished material on this idea that I would be happy to share with anyone interested. You can download my Cooperation: The Wealth of Nations Game from hourmoney.org for free. It simulates existing economies and the one based on hour money.

Debt Money
web: http://landru.i-link-2.net/monques/
email: monques@i-link-2.net

Dual Currency
Joel Hodroff
web: http://www.DualCurrency.com
I am trying to bridge the gap between the fringe nature of complementary currencies and the huge mainstream need, by introducing an enhancement to mainstream banking and transaction products with the vision and values of CCs at its core. There are two good introductory power points on the bottom of the home page (one was for the ACCESS Foundation CC Conference) and then a more meaty white paper further into the site.

E.F. Schumacher Society
web: http://www.schumachersociety.org/
email: efssociety@aol.com

Friendly Favors Global System
web: http://www.friendlyfavors.org
email: sergio@sergiolub.com

Kennedy John's Executive Order 11110
web: http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Documents.center
/jfkeo/eo/11110.htm

Local Currencies
(Robert Swann & Susan Witt)
web: http://members.aol.com/efssociety/currencypiece.html

Local Tender
(Mark K. Anderson)
web: http://www.valleyadvocate.com/articles/localtrade.html

MONEY & DEBT
Tom Greco's NEW MONEY is on the web, so is MONEY & DEBT, he writes: Sent: Monday, March 03, 2003 3:52 AM
I'm traveling in S. America and have limited web access. You can link to my books via my site http://circ2.home.mindspring.com I've decided to postpone the Australia trip until next fall. I return home 3/11. Tom

Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender
My latest book, published by Chelsea Green, is now available.
For details, see http://www.chelseagreen.com/Livelihood/Money.htm
The excerpted, e-book version (in PDF format) can be found at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/Livelihood/MoneyEBook.htm

NEW MONEY
Tom Greco's NEW MONEY is on the web, so is MONEY & DEBT, he writes: Sent: Monday, March 03, 2003 3:52 AM I'm traveling in S. America and have limited web access. You can link to my books via my site http://circ2.home.mindspring.com I've decided to postpone the Australia trip until next fall. I return home 3/11. Tom

New Money for Healthy Communities
Thomas H. Greco, Jr., Director
Community Information Resource Center
P.O. Box 42663, Tucson, AZ 85733 USA
phone: 520-795-8930
email: circ2@mindspring.com
web: http://azstarnet.com/~circ
Consulting on local and regional development, community currencies, and equitable finance.
Our website contains an abundance of useful material on economic, social, and political transformation, including creative ideas about money, finance, community empowerment, and sustainable economics, including links to other excellent sources dealing with a wide range of related issues. You'll also find the text of my book, New Money for Healthy Communities.
My new book, "Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender" will be published by Chelsea Green in October, 2001.

Oaktree Money Reform
web: http://www.go-oaktree.com/3.htm
email: oaktree@pe.net

Reviving Local Economics
(Wes Nickerson)

web: http://www.loveenergy.com/deerheart
/articles/reviving.html

Riegel E.C.
"Private Enterprise Money"

web: http://www.mind-trek.com/treatise/ecr-pem/index.htm
email: main@mind-trek.com

Roth Al: Game Theory
web: http://www.economics.harvard.edu/~aroth/alroth.html
email: al_roth@harvard.edu

Spread of Local Currencies
web: http://www.progress.org/archive/currency.htm

TOES USA
web: http://pender.ee.upenn.edu/~rabii/toes/
email: TOESDC@igc.apc.org


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