Spring Hill Timebank

Creating A Sharing Community

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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 Spring Hill 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 give one hour and the teacher will receive two hours. The other two hours are a gift to the community and the time bank’s general fund. 

On the other hand, if the teacher does five hours of preparation for the one hour class, the teacher will receive six hours and the four students will each give one hour. The other two hours are a gift from the general fund. 

Money and exchanges: Only hours may be exchanged in the Spring Hill 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.


Local Exchange News


Hi from your Spring Hill Timebank! 

We at the newsdesk have enjoyed some time of "doing nothing" but we can't keep that up all year round, so now it's back to work!

Here's what's coming up:

1. Join us tomorrow night (Tuesday, Aug. 16th, 6:30PM--8:30PM for a joint meeting with Tampa Bay Time. The topic is "Asset Mapping". This fits well with our 1st Core Value: "We are all assets."

Jazmine Roberson will guide us in learning about our community assets in and for Timebanking in western Florida.

Each of us is an asset; together we'll explore how Timebanking helps make us better and stronger.  

Here's the Zoom link:
Passcode (if needed)  moringa

2. Don Beal, one of our Spring HillTimebank Founding Members died last week. There will be a Celebration of his Life at Downings Chapel (Highpoint BL & Hwy 50) Saturday, Aug. 20th at 11 AM. Please come to support Don's wife Rose, also a Founding Member, and their family.

3. Our Timebank partners with NCCSF, the Nature Coast Community Services Foundation. Ellen Paul is in need of two volunteers willing to babysit a 15 month old girl. (Each would cover 1 day a week.) Call her at 352-600-9555 [if that's busy use 571-748-8033]. 

4. Our Spirituality Group begins its "fall semester" Monday, Sept. 19th both on Zoom and at Andy's (address below), from 2 PM to 3:30 PM. We will be reading excerpts from the book Letting Go by David Hawkins. Letting Go describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles and become free of negativity. We will have the excerpts available for anyone who doesn't have the book.

5. Our fall re-connect potluck will be at Andy's (address below) on Sunday, Sept. 25th from 2 PM to 5 PM. We'll get together outside but if its too hot we'll go inside! Bring your favorite food to share with others. Spoiler Alert: share your story about what makes you a surprising person!

6. Join us Friday night from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM for NCCFS's Comedy Night Fundraiser at the WellCome OM Center!  FRAN CAPO, Comedienne, Author, Actress opens the show, followed by Comedy Hall of Fame Time Tunnel --  showcasing comedy over the past 100 years. There will also be a silen art auction. Tickets are $20 and are tax deductible. Get them online at Eventbrite or from Andy and other Timebank members.

7. Our websites are temporarily down; we hope to get them up and running soon.

8. Join with Tampa Bay Time for 2 Zoom sessions that are up-and-coming:

1) Learn how to sell on EBay/Etsy/Craigslist. In Spring Hill, Michelle sells for both the NCCSF and for SHTP and splits profits.
2) Spanish conversation Zoom with a native Timebank speaker from California. Isn't the internet wonderful?!

Rita: "I love the idea of making our Zooms open to all our TBs." 

Andy LePage
Coordinator SHTB
1185 Macfarlane Ave
Spring Hill 34608

"The unexpected can bring meaning to our lives beyond anything we could have planned — when we make room for it."
~Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein

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!  

Part of the celebration of summer is to scale back, take some time off, and hopefully find some ways of undertaking this very important summertime activity: doing nothing!

Doing nothing isn't easy. You have to plan to do nothing. You have to put your mind at rest and let your heart open up. You have to shutdown judgments and engage in healthy leisure; that is, you have to alow yourself to have an extended period of day-dreaming!

This is what you did so well in the 2nd grade and beyond when you found the teacher's lesson boring; you effortlessly shifted into day-dreaming. And when the teacher surmised that you were doing so, she (rarely was the teacher in elementry school a he) raised her voice to get you to snap out of it. 

So, from being in elementry school you realize you know how to day-dream. Now, take my 4 part approach to making day-dreaming happen. Here's how to do it:

1) Allow it -- give yourself permission to day-dream. If you can't (or won't) give yourself permission to day-dream, I'll give you permission! (I just granted it to you.) 

2) Create it -- see yourself doing nothing; see yourself gazing at no-thing; imagine your mind empty, just drinking in -- nothing!

3) Promote it -- see yourself selling this idea to your friends. Tell them you want the best for them and so you want them to join you in doing nothing! 

4) Enable it -- to enable is to turn something on; to disable it to turn something off. Turn youself on to this activity. Make it happen!

More Timebank news (including when our websites will be back up) will follow after a period of doing nothing!
Happy Summer!


--take them from Spring Hill Timebank's Vault!

--Andy LePage
Spring Hill Timebank

Two important things are coming up right away: Spirituality Group on Monday, and our combined Timebank meetings on Tuesday night!



The Spring Hill Spirituality Group meets face to face and on Zoom at 2 PM on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, except for July and August and the 1st week in September, when we take a break! 
Our last meeting before Summer Break is this Monday, June 20th. Jim Zorman will be presenting on 
"The Magic of Radical Acceptance".

Acceptance lies at the root of Lao Tzu's way of the Tao and the Buddha's path to Nirvana. In addition, doctor Zach Bush, through his hospice work with dying patients, has come to view death not as an end but instead is an evolutionary portal into a whole new level of being.  

Please join us Monday!

Here’s the link for the meeting, Monday, June 20th 2 PM 

If you want Spirituality Notes from any of our meetings, please email Andy ( ?




We will be discussing nutrition and gardening.  Several of our members love to grow their own food and have tips on composting, organic gardening specific to this area of Florida, and favorite recipes. We will also have some short video tips on cooking! Maybe you'll pick up a new dish for yourself!

There will be a chance to exchange recipes and find the locations of community gardens, as well as a wealth of stories about our favorite subject, food!  

Join us to share your questions, your answers, and especially your nutrition and gardening stories!

Here’s the link for the combined meeting, Tuesday, June 21st, 6:30 PM :


Find out how to get your Offers and Requests on the website!

How to record your hours!

Get all (or most!) of your questions answered!

Here’s the link for the Zoom Orientation, Wednesday, June 22nd, at 2 PM :

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.”


As you know, we partner with the Nature Coast Community Services Foundation.

They need our help, especially drivers for a few hours, taking homeless to the doctor, etc.

To volunteer:
Call Ellen Paul 352-600-9555
Andy LePage 727-517-1148
"When we make room for it, the unexpected can bring meaning to our lives beyond anything we could have planned!" — if When we make room for it."
~Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein mother, writer, and pediaterician

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!  

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.

Here’s the Nature Coast Community Services Foundation’s need right now:

1. Volunteer drivers to take a homeless person to the doctor.  

2. Drivers to take a homeless person to the DMV to get an ID. Once the person has an ID they can get a job!

3. Volunteers to pick up food that helps feed the people living in the woods.

4. Helpers to cook food which volunteers will pick up to take to the woods.

To learn more about the Foundation, visit their website:
To volunteer, call Andy 727-517-1148.