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In Nov. 2021 after ten years of our evolving mission and impact, we changed our name to Gathering Ground. You may still find reference to our old name Creative New Jersey in posts created prior to Nov. 2021.

Monmouth County NJ Strong’s Time Banking

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Monmouth County NJ Strong recognizes that each person has talents to share, and that the overall community is strengthened when neighbors help one another. Through an online platform, for every hour that an individual helps meet the needs of another member, she or he earns a time credit for the exchange. This time credit can then be redeemed for services from others, and the never-ending cycle of sharing continues.


“Communities in Conversation give small entrepreneurial businesses a chance to make connections that yield big changes.”

– Lisa Charles, Author & CEO, Embrace Your Fitness, LLC (Newark)