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2014 June 29 Sunday - Game Afternoon & Snack Potluck

at Woods Library, 3455 N First Avenue (south of Prince)
from 1:30 til 4:30 pm, in the large meeting room

Hi Folks!  Things are slowing down a bit with Summer being here.  We (your everloving timebank coordinators) thought it would be fun to have a get together Just For Fun.  If anyone has ideas for other JFF get togethers please let us know.

For our first JFF event we're having a game afternoon at Woods Library on June 29th from 1:30 to 4:30 with a snack potluck.  Please come with any card or board games you really love, and we will bring a bunch as well.  Hope to see as many here as possible.

Kacie, Joyce, Chris and Winona

2014 July 17, 18, 19, 20, or 21 - Timebank presentation / orientation / potluck

Please help choose the date and time for this meeting, see below...

Presentation and discussion about Timebanking and Co-production, with members and coordinators of the Tucson Time Traders time bank.

Free and open to the public, families / kids welcome, carpooling / rides may be available.  You can bring your lunch or dinner, something to share if you like, and we'll also provide snacks tea etc.  Please bring your laptop computer or tablet, android or iphone if possible.

For background info, see the core values of timebanking below, and take a quick look at these excellent videos (links below) and a quick scan of what's offered & wanted in our timebank.  Members can log in at the top of this page.  If you're not already a member, please sign up below to save time at the meeting.

2014 July 31 thru August 3 - 2014 Global Exchange Gathering in Warwick, Rhode Island

Building Community Resilience around the World
Time Banking - Transition Towns - Complimentary Currencies - Cooperative Practice

more info & registration -

updated 2014 June 20  

We're meeting about once a month at a variety of times, days, and locations to provide opportunities for everyone to learn more about timebanking and how to use the website.

New members must attend an orientation meeting to meet us in person and be eligible for full website access.  Experienced members are always welcome and appreciated, and everyone gets one hour of time credit for each meeting attended.

Please look through the suggested dates below, pick all that would be best for you (or possible!) and email us, or log in and post on the community blog.

Choose any number of these suggested dates / times
lunch around 11:30am to 1:30pm, dinner around 6:00 to 8:00pm
July 17 Thu dinner
July 18 Fri dinner
July 19 Sat lunch or dinner
July 20 Sun lunch or dinner
July 21 Mon dinner
Sep 4 Thu dinner
Sep 5 Fri dinner
Sep 6 Sat lunch or dinner
Sep 7 Sun lunch or dinner
Sep 8 Mon dinner

And please say if you're willing to host a meeting at your home or office.  Hosts and helpers get additional time credit for preparation and cleanup, and help is available from timebank coordinators and members.

We also give presentations and orientation meetings by requestContact us to arrange a meeting with you, your neighborhood group, sustainability project, or educational or community service organization.

See the calendar above for scheduled orientation meetings and other events of interest.

updated 2014 June 20  

Across the US and around the world, Timebanking has proven to be of benefit in a multitude of diverse applications, especially at a grassroots level - person-to-person and neighbor-to-neighbor services, social services and support resources, neighborhood infrastructure, cooperatives and local businesses - thereby strengthening local communities and economies.

Timebanking is about acknowledging and crediting the invisible / core economy, building community, including older, younger, and disabled folks, and providing an economic buffer for mainstream working folks during recession.  Timebanking is something everyone can do right now to strengthen local community and economy.

Timebanking is a good way for us to notice and appreciate the everyday assistance we give each other and often take for granted - rides, errands, childcare, eldercare, cooking, cleaning, fixing, mending, advice, tutoring, coaching, listening... with our families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.  This type of work is actually the "core economy" - often invisible, but an essential part of the whole economy - nothing could happen without it!  Please join us in re-defining work, and appreciating the true foundation of our wealth.

Membership in our timebank is free and open to everyone, and participation is growing slowly but surely... currently we have more than 200 members, including 3 organizations, and around 60 members using the website for networking and trading (see the word cloud below).

Our website is a live-online member-based community directory for finding people, services offered and wanted, and other resources.  The online software is easy to use and easy to learn, and it's securely accessible with any web browser on your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device (iphones androids etc).

Members can log in at the top of this page.  If you're not already a member, you can sign up below.

updated 2014 Feb 27  
What Is A Time Bank?

A Timebank is a group of people who trade an hour of work for an hour of work - everyone's time is valued equally.  The hours are recorded in the timebank software so we can trade them around the timebank community.  Timebanking is a great way for people to exchange assistance and help build healthy communities.

Core Values

We are all assets – Every human being has something to contribute.

Redefining work – Some work is beyond price.  We need to value whatever it takes to raise healthy children, build strong families, revitalize neighborhoods, make democracy work, advance social justice, make the planet sustainable.  This kind of work needs to be honored, recorded, and rewarded.

Reciprocity – Helping works better as a two-way street.  "How can I help you?" becomes "How can we help each other build the world we both will live in?"

Community – We need each other... people helping each other reweave communities of support, strength and trust.  Networks are stronger than individuals, and community is built on mutual respect, trust, and commitment.

Respect – Every human being matters.  Respect is a foundation for freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and supplies the heart and soul of democracy.

Please join us...

Membership in our timebank is free, and open to everyone.  Sign up online with the new member application form below, and come to an orientation meeting.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.  For general information and videos about timebanking, see links and resources at the bottom of this page.

What we're trading & sharing...
Here are some popular keywords from our timebank member profiles.  The colors are a spectrum from more offered to equally offered+wanted to more wanted...   (also see news notes above)
access accounting advice alternative applications appointments architecture art artists asap assist assistance auto available baking basic beginning between bicycle big bike biking bio book books business buying car care carpentry cat child childcare children cleaning climbing cloud coach collage collective college community computer conservation construction consulting conversational cooking cool counseling credit data entry design details development digging dinner discussion dog dogs drawing driving editing education electric electrical elementary email endeavors energy enjoy errand errands escape especially everything find food free french garden gardening gas general give giving go good groceries group groups guitar handyman happy harvesting hauling health healthy heavy help high hiking home hour hours house how including information inside instruction intensive interested internet issues jazz jobs keeping knitting know knowledge labor landscape landscaping laptop large learn lessons level life light little maintenance make making management manual massage materials math meals meditation meeting members message minutes money month mosaic mosaics move movie moving music nature near need needed needs networking new nice note offer offered office online open organic organization organizations organize organizing painting party pay people person personal pet phone physical place places planning plant planting plants play plumbing pollution powerpoint practice preparation professional program programming project projects provide provides providing questions quick read reading recording remodeling removal repair repairs research residential resources respite ride rides running science service services sewing sharpening shopping short show simple sitting skills small someone space spanish start students studied stuff suggestions support sustainable system teach teacher teaching technical techniques thanks therapy things think tile time timebank together trade trades trailer training transportation tree trimming trips truck tucson tutor tutoring type typing urban using variety vehicle walking want wanted water way web website well window windows word work worth write writing yard yardwork yoga

updated 2012 Nov 14  
Save time at your orientation meeting by signing up here first!
Name *  your name, contact info, and location are required
Email *  for community members to contact you
Address & Phone *  for coordinators, will be kept confidential
Location(s) *  neighborhood, city / region, state, zip code
Referral - how did you hear about us?
Short Bio - introduce yourself to the Tucson Time Traders community
Offered - services you're offering to community members
Wanted - services you'd like to receive from community members
Availability - when you can trade time with community members
the core values of timebanking
and Tucson Time Traders Terms of Service
Contact Us!

Your friendly Coordinators for Tucson Time Traders are
Kacie Johnson, Winona Smith, Chris Vansprouts

email timetraders (at)
or come to an orientation meeting !

Links & Resources
Short Videos

PBS Newshour - Help Stretch Dollars in Recession
(7-minute video, mp3, & transcript, Portland Maine, Nov 2010)

ABC News Good Morning America - Pay It Forward
(3-minute youtube, New York, March 2009)

Echo Park Time Bank - Members Tell Their Stories
(5-minute youtube, Los Angeles, Jan 2010)

Lathrup Village Time Bank - Discover Timebanking
(4-minute youtube, Michigan, April 2010)

More In-depth

Bernard Lietaer on creating a balanced view
(3-minute video, Nov 2012, from the Money & Life movie)

Edgar Cahn, founder of Time Banking
(6-minute youtube, The Jon Snow Interviews, UK, March 2005)

Stephanie Rearick, Dane County Timebank
(24-minute video from The Economics of Peace conference,
Sonoma California, Oct 2009)

For more videos & information on timebanking, go to
the Knit-a-Network Timebank Knowledge Commons Library
Partners & Collaborators

Tucson Time Traders owes many thanks to
Sustainable Tucson, the Comfy Metasofa, and TimeBanks USA

Contact us about becoming an organizational member !

Tucson Time Traders flyers & cards download & print
full-page poster - ttt-poster.pdf 108k
two half-page flyers - ttt-flyers.pdf 156k
fortune-cookie tags - ttt-fortunes.pdf 16k
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