The Offers and Needs Market (OANM) is a powerful way to build community through offering of gifts and meeting of needs.
OANMS are two-hour, guided events in which community members meet (virtually or in person) to identify and exchange their passions, knowledge, skills, resources, opportunities, and needs.
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OANMs can help participants reach their goals quickly and easily, while having fun and building community!
OANMs can benefit you in any area of your life: relationships, finances, creativity, health, knowledge, productivity, and finding a smooth path forward. The icing on the cake is that participants almost always find a surprise they never would have imagined!
Here are some stories that show what's possible at an Offers and Needs Market.
LaDonna is a seasoned activist in social justice work. She knows that one of the challenges in her work is that people often feel burned out and overwhelmed with interpersonal difficulties. Over the years, she has learned many effective ways of overcoming these issues. She made an offer of support to another activist on an ongoing basis for a half-hour a week, and she decided to offer it for free or as a barter. Jess was thrilled with this offer and took her up on it, and they developed a rich friendship that lasted for years. Both Jess and LaDonna became more effective in their social justice work because of their relationship.
River is struggling to stay within their monthly budget. They want to find the perfect app that will help them track purchases, bills and balances on their accounts. They state this as a need and Joe tells them about the perfect free app that he uses, and Joe offers to help River set it up and start using it.
Quinn's favorite local restaurant had narrow, steep stairs which made it very difficult for them to enter. They worked with the owner to develop a creative way to improve access. They realized that their creative solution could be applied at many other places, and they offered to sell their solution to anyone who runs a business with a similar physical set-up.
Malik recently realized he wanted more energy. He thought if he started eating better, he would feel better. He brought his need to an OANM, and was connected to Tonisha who gave him several inexpensive and healthy meal plans and shopping lists for free.
Hope researched the history of racism directed against Indigenous people in Virginia and offered to present her findings in a short online class for free. She had four people attend, and they all made lasting connections with each other.
Lucia is writing a novel and wants someone to read it so they can offer feedback, and wants an accountability buddy who will check in with her on her progress. Romisa loves reading fiction and also needs an accountability buddy for one of her projects, so they connected and supported each other.
Nassir has lived in Alexandria, Virginia, for his entire life. He made the offer to help anyone unfamiliar with the city to find their way around if they visit. Omar was going to be visiting and possibly moving to Alexandria in the next year and made the connection with Nassir.
Beth's mother has a beautiful little log cabin in the mountains near Shenandoah National Park. Beth and her mother care deeply about the rights of LBGT people, and they decided to offer an activist in that field to stay in the cabin for free for a week with their family. Noah was amazed and thrilled to hear that offer and followed up with Beth and her mother. They deeply appreciated the work that Noah had been doing for over three years to make gender-neutral bathrooms available to all students in Noah's school district. Noah and his partner fully enjoyed the week in the cabin.
Find My Way community members are invited to participate in facilitated OANMs. Sign up to be notified of our first OANM.