2014 April 21 Monday - Timebank planning meeting & potluck dinner
from 6:00 til 8:00 pm, in central Tucson (RSVP for address & directions)
This is a planning meeting for Tucson Time Traders coordinators and support people, but all members are welcome, especially if you're interested in signing up your organization, being a coordinator, or otherwise helping with the timebank.
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 an hour of time credit for each meeting attended.
June 5 Thu dinner|
June 6 Fri dinner
June 7 Sat lunch or dinner
June 8 Sun lunch or dinner
June 9 Mon dinner
July 17 Thu dinner|
July 18 Fri dinner
July 19 Sat lunch or dinner
July 20 Sun lunch or dinner
July 21 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 request. Contact 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.
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).
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.