Hi everyone! It's been pretty quiet over the winter, but Tucson Time Traders is alive and well.
We're always available for questions about timebanking, or if you'd like some help with the website. Please see "office hours" below for best times to schedule a meeting with us, and you can email timetraders(at)sustainabletucson.org or chat with us on the community blog (log in above).
If you have a project or group of friends who are ready to start timebanking, the next step is for each person to sign up on the form below. (no need to email if you sign up, and we'll get back to you ASAP)
For lots of great information about timebanking from timebankers all over the world, check out the Knit-a-Network Timebank Knowledge Commons Library. Also see our local TB-KC mirror site (in progress), and Links & Resources below.
"Office hours" - best times for consultations or orientation meetings, by appointment:
March 25 Wednesday thru March 28 Saturday, afternoons
April 9 Thursday thru April 12 Sunday, afternoons
April 23 Thursday thru April 27 Monday, afternoons
May 9 Saturday thru May 12 Tuesday, afternoons
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 225 members, including 5 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 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).
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.
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.
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.