What we do.
BeLocal Mt. Airy is a community organization, founded on the Transition Town model, that seeks to strengthen the local economy by building skills and connections. It’s mission is to encourage greater individual and community self-reliance and resiliency in ways that are less dependent on external energy and capital inputs.
We do this in a number of ways:
- Encouraging citizens to patronize local businesses.
- Uncovering community needs that can be met by new public, private, or co-operative ventures.
- Supplying training in self-reliance skills such as growing and preserving food, fixing household items, and emergency preparedness.
- Facilitating person-to-person local exchange through the Mount Airy Community Time Bank.
Why we were formed.
BeLocal was formed to attract, connect, and empower individuals interested in working towards a resilient and sustainable future here in Mt. Airy, MD. Whether your interested in protecting the environment, preparing for a time when fossil fuels are scarce, building a more just economic system, or just improving your quality of life, BeLocal is a place where you can connect with others with the same passions.
Who we are.
BeLocal was founded by Jeff Tunkel, a Marylander for 30 years, and resident of Mt. Airy since 2004. With a background in Engineering, Business, and Information Technology, Jeff became aware of the Transition town movement in 2010 and saw it as a positive and pro-active response to a range of global challenges faced by industrialized economies.
After deeply studying the issues, and supported by friends, neighbors, local businesses, and civic organizations, BeLocal was formed in 2012. We immediately set out to discover what was on the minds of Mt. Airy residences when it came to unmet needs, challenges with the town, and how they would like to see the town evolve in the future.
BeLocal is now evolving to help meet some of those needs directly. Please see our Learn and Earn pages to find out more about Reskilling and TimeBanking, and how these can help build a resilient, sustainable, and just future for all.