When the times get tough, people get creative. That is exactly what is happening with the Philadelphia-based Equal Dollars Community Currency program. The more than 1,200 members can trade their volunteer hours for a community currency. The currency can be donated to other members, it can be used to buy fresh groceries, program participants can use it to help pay for their prescription drugs and maybe one day it can be used to pay for college tuition or rent. Great idea!


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