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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.

Ask for Ithaca Hours
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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Joe Nolan, Home Green Home

My family's credit union has been Alternatives since '96; We liked the mission, and who could resist banking in a converted house? In 2005 I started thinking about a retail start-up called "Home Green Home" that would sell healthy and eco-conscious home furnishings and renovation supplies. The Business CENTS class helped me to understand and develop the elements of a business plan, and set me on the path to taking the big leap.

At every stage, I've felt well supported by Alternatives' friendly staff. From one-on-one consultation to business banking and credit needs, I've received quick, helpful service at Alternatives. We always look to partner with organizations that share our values, and Alternatives fits the bill.


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