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Ithaca hours

Alternatives accepts Ithaca 
Ithaca HOURS is a local currency system that promotes local economic strength and community self-reliance in ways which will support economic and social justice, ecology, community participation and human aspirations in and around Ithaca, New York. Ithaca Hours help to keep money local, building the Ithaca economy. It also builds community pride and connections. Over 900 participants publicly accept Ithaca Hours for goods and services. Additionally some local employers and employees have agreed to pay or receive partial wages in Ithaca Hours, further continuing our goal of keeping money local.

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Alternatives pays Ithaca Hours as part of withdrawals, on request, and when available. Ask for Ithaca Hours as part of your withdrawal at Alternatives, then spend them for thousands of goods or over 300 services listed. By spending Hours and spreading them around town, you:

  • Expand the local money supply to allow more trading, thus supporting local businesses, farmers and crafts people.

  • Create informal job opportunities at double minimum wage.

  • Make grants to community organizations.

  • Provide zero-interest loans.


Alternatives Credit Union also welcomes Hours for many of
our fees.

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Our family's strongest connection to Alternatives started at the Student Credit Union branch at Fall Creek Elementary School. Zoe started as a Saver and I as a Teller five years ago. Zoe is a regular depositor. I started putting money into my savings account on a more regular basis when we realized that it would be a good place to have a vacation account - one we didn't have a debit card or checkbook for. We saved enough for a trip to Zurich to visit friends on sabbatical and then the fast train to Paris.

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