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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. For example, if a member does an hour of preparation and then teaches a one-hour class to four other members, the four students will each receive one hour and the teacher will receive two hours. 

Money and exchanges: Only hours may be exchanged in the Timebank. Any transaction performed for 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.


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The Spring Hill Spirituality Group meets face to face and on Zoom./  If you want Spirituality Notes from any of our meetings, please email Andy ( 

Here’s the link for the meetings.
Spring Hill & Tampa Bay held a Joint Meeting Tuesday, May 17th.  We meet from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM; join us for the two hours or for any time that you have!? 

Tuesday night’s meeting is dedicated to Hurrican Preparedness and Our Response. The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1, and Tampa Bay is more vulnerable to the less intense hurricanes than anywhere else in the state.

Nothing you can do will mitigate the strength of a hurricane, but there is plenty you can do to get ready before it hits. We will be discussing the main ways to plan ahead to prepare for a storm. 

Before Hurricane Katrina, many in New Orleans thought it might go elsewhere.

Before Hurricane Sandy, many New Yorkers thought it was frivolous to shut down the subway system. Due to Hurricane Sandy, one subway line was out for six months!

Because we’ve lived through Covid, we know that significant disruptions can occur rather quickly in our lives. A hurricane can significantly impact your day-to-day life. School and work can be shut down, and stores will start running out of supplies due to panic buying. Online ordering and delivery can face major delays and the supply chain can be further disrupted than it already is. 

Accepting reality early will help you better prepare for a hurricane than the person who remains in denial until the eye of the storm is over their roof! Learn more about how we can protect ourselves and others and support our community preparedness!

Here’s the link:

Our Combined Abundance Swap on April 30th was a huge success both in Tampa and in Spring Hill! Thanks to all who volunteered and helped our communities realize that we all have enough, and that sharing what we have is a great exercise in caring for others! Special thanks to Ron and George for the tent in Tampa, and to Cindy, Stan, Diana, Robyn, Jim, and Andy for setting up and taking down in Spring Hill. 
We were able to introduce 45 new people to Timebanking in Spring Hill. We also raised $135.00 in donations!

The fact that all our Timebanks worked together made the Swap even more delightful. St Pete Timebank, under Sandy Bigler's leadership, helped both Tampa Bay and Spring Hill have a great Swap. Regretfully, St. Pete had to pull out of the Swap due to insurance regulations. But all three Coordinators --  Rita Cobbs, Sandy Bigler, and Andy LePage really bonded over several coordinating meetings. 'Twas a lot of fun!  

Spring Hill Timebank partners with the Nature Coast Community Services Foundation. They are in need of our help. Can you drive some of the homeless clients to a doctor's appointment, or to get their ID at the DMV? They need you! And you'll learn alot about both yourself and one or two of these nice people who have hit hard times and need a helping hand to get out of poverty. 

~Call Ellen Paul 352-600-9555 or Andy LePage 727-517-1148 to volunteer. You will be so glad you did!

Spring Hill and Tampa Bay's COMBINED Summer Kickoff Potluck Bar-B-Q
at Andy's backyard in Spring Hill, Monday, May 30th at 2 PM! (n case of rain it will be in the house.)

Come to beautiful downtown Spring Hill and let's share our food, frivolity, and frienship!
We have a large outdoor grill, so bring something to cook; or not! Drinks, plates, etc. provided!

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!  

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hOurworld Mobile Time Banking We believe in Open Innovation! We implement the best ideas of our members and coordinators. This broad based co-production model of networking and development affords us all the best tools for sustaining our local communities!

We believe in removing ALL the barriers to time banking that we can. Access to the hOurworld platform is FREE. It is easy for new members to join and learn, and easy for coordinators to manage and report on their members and activity.

We believe in supporting local diversity while maintaining a central cooperative organization to provide accessible support, training, and communications. We are documenting and teaching these models.

We believe that every member have control over their own privacy and content. We operate on private secure servers and HIPAA compliant data centers where all information is encrypted before going out on the internet.

We believe that time banking is one spoke in a wheel of Movements Moving Together. We foster local community organizations drawing together to create powerful local economies as they integrate CSA, Food Co-op, Buy Local, Transition Town, BALLE, CAP and others. The opportunities are endless!

All the Best from hOurworld

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.