HOW DOES TIMEBANKING WORK?
First, the social and more fun way: we have POTLUCK DINNERS once a month, where members and just curious folks can enjoy some tasty food in an easy, comfortable setting. We meet new members of the group, form ideas about what exchanges could be made and maybe work out details...there's no set agenda at this part of the evening. We meet at the Church of Christ every third Monday of the month. The church is located at 2317 W. Grandview, Erie PA
Second, the technical and more efficient way: ONLINE. We have a website where requests and offers are posted, exchanges are recorded... all the details are kept here. If you're not particularly adept at web surfing, no worry... the orientation covers the how-to, and there are members who can help you out with this, or log your information for you.
The mission of Erie Timebank is to invite people from all walks of life to learn a new way of helping each other that promotes understanding, equality, giving and receiving, and harmony in neighborhoods and communities.
What is a Time Bank?
A group of people who support each other by exchanging services in response to individual and community needs.
When you spend an hour to do something for someone or a group, you earn a Time Credit. Then, you can use that Time Credit to receive services for something you need for yourself or your family.
It’s based on the notion that everyone has something to contribute and at one time or another we all could use some help.
THE FIVE CORE VALUES
OF TIME BANKS
1.....ASSETS - every person is valuable
2.....REDEFINING WORK - some work is beyond a price, especially work in the home
3.....RECIPROCITY - helping works better as a two-way street
5.....RESPECT - Time Banking is based on the notion that EVERYONE has something to offer, and at one time or another we all can use some help.
Examples of Giving and Receiving:
Minor Home Repair Tutoring
Pet Care Transportation
Cooking Computer Help
Gardening Yard Work
Car Repair Clerical
Arts & Crafts Childcare
Mending & Alterations Massage
After School Activities Moving Assistance
THE BENEFITS OF
-Meet NEW PEOPLE
- Have some HELP taking care of your life's tasks
- Enjoy the satisfaction of
"PAYING IT FORWARD" -
- Become part of a friendly group with members of ALL AGES - -currently a NO-COST membership
- Feel good about helping others and providing an alternative to our unbalanced economic system -
PBS Documentary on Time Banking
Diane Sawyer ABC NEWS