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Tampa Bay Time Bank

Connecting untapped resources with unmet needs


A simple task for you may be another person’s laborious chore. Consider offering services that you enjoy that come easily to you. What are your skills and gifts? If there are costs for materials or ingredients, these are paid by the recipient. 

Consider requesting services that you need help with, cannot do, or want to learn. What are you curious about? Be as specific as possible about what you need. Include the location, the amount of time required, if there is a deadline, whether or not you can help, and if you have the materials and tools needed. 

As the recipient of the exchange, you will provide any materials needed for your Request. 

Keeping Track of Credits and Exchanges 
The Timebank software website is the place to keep track of transactions. If you are an offline member, someone will work with you to record your exchanges on the website. 

Reporting Hours: It is the responsibility of the provider of the service to log in the service given to another member. All services need to be reported as soon as possible, preferably within a week of the date of service. We prefer that you report online, but you may also ask the receiver to post the hours, or you can phone them in to the Coordinator to log on your behalf. Members need to confirm the number of hours exchanged with one another, prior to reporting. For fractions of hours, round up to the nearest quarter hour. (For example, 52 minutes of service earns 1 time credit. 1 hour and 10 minutes of service equals 1.25 time credits). You may arrange exchanges with members you already know without posting a specific request or offer. However, be sure to log in the hours so accurate records can be kept and people will get the credits they earn. 

Negative balances are fine: Members do not need to maintain a positive balance of hours. 

Multi-way exchanges: A Coordinator may record an exchange involving multiple parties. 
In the Hourworld Time and Talents software, the providers and receivers of the service exchange the actual number of hours of their participation.

Money and exchanges: Only hours may be exchanged in the Timebank.  Any transaction performed f or any amount of money is done outside of the time bank. Time credits are not redeemable for cash. 

Donation of hours: A member may give earned credit hours to another member or to the time bank’s general fund. The time bank’s general fund allows us to reimburse members who complete work on behalf of the time bank in time credits and allows the Advisory Committee to transfer time credits to members who are in need. 

Exchange of goods: Members may offer or request goods to be exchanged for hours. The receiver (not the giver) of the goods will determine the number of hours for the exchange.


Local Exchange News


Tampa Bay Timebank is a network of individual, organizational and business members that provide services, track and bank their hours and then spend those hours to get their own needs met.
A Timebank is NOT a barter network, since nothing is 'exchanged'. One 'member' provides a friendly, neighborly favor to another and records the time they spent doing so!

As we end this year and begin 2024, we have a lot of good news to share; so here goes!

We now have Timebanks using the same software from Spring Hill to Sarasota.   Lee Spurduti and her husband Peter,  from Rhode Island are now in Sarasota, and are familiar with Timebanks. Lee ran one in Rhode Island and now has begun one with her homeowners association in Sarasota. Sarasota  along with Tampa Bay Time and the Spring Hill Timebank, all use the hOurworld software. And now, St Pete Timebank is on board with hOurword, as well.  So, we now have four Timebanks interacting with each other through a seamless software connection. (Previously some of us used other software platforms.) This means that now we can communicate with anyone in the Tampa Bay Region, with just a click on your computer or phone.

Should you do an exchange with someone in any of these Timebanks, it becomes quite simple for you to record hours, look at people’s profiles, or find others with whom you want to exchange
We have several orientations to the new software in the month of February.

And welcome Sarasota, to the Tampa Bay Region of the Florida Timebanking fold! 

The Spirituality Group meets 1st abd 3rd Monday's both on Zoom and at Andy's, from 2 PM to 3:30 PM. Here is the link:


Quotes for Today!

Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got. 
~Robert Brault freelance writer 

More from Robert Brault:
“Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.”

“The universe is so vast that intelligent life must surely have arisen many times.”

“Anybody who really knows also knows that they don’t know at all.”

What other wonderful group of community-minded people can you belong to – for free – and through it, develop friendships around the world? Perhaps only Timebanking!  


Remember to follow and like the accounts below, then log a time credit in your timebank account!


SOFTWARE VIDEOS  Note - you will see some commercials, just go past them.

Please view some of the following videos to assist you with this software, provided by hOurworld.org.

Timebanking Fosters Connectedness
The Timebank works by connecting untapped resources with unmet needs while it helps its members focus on sharing and cooperating. We need each other and we recognize that Timebanking’s Five Core Values are firmly rooted in spiritual soil.
Although Timebanking is not a religious undertaking, many people in Timebanking make stronger connections than do people in religion. In the spirit of cooperation people in Timebanking are motivated by the give back principle, relalizing that in giving back they are really paying rent to the Creation!

Five Core Values Guide Our Participation And Decision Making
1. Assets: Everyone is an asset; we all have something to give.
2. Redefining Work: We redefine work to value whatever it takes to raise healthy children, build strong families, care for elders, revitalize neighborhoods, make democracy work, advance social justice, and make the planet sustainable.
3. Reciprocity: Helping works better as a two-way street. 
4. Community: We need each other; networks are stronger than individuals.  When people help each other, communities thrive.
5. Respect: Every human being matters. Respect for all means accountability to all.