Hi everyone! It's been pretty quiet here, but Tucson Time Traders is alive and well. Whenever there are timebank meetings and events we'll list them here.
Do you have a project or group of friends ready to start timebanking? Next step is for each person to sign up and we'll get back to you ASAP.
Got any questions? Your friendly timebank coordinators are often online to answer questions and help members with the website. You can email timetraders(at)sustainabletucson.org or chat with us on the community blog (log in above).
"Office hours" by appointment - best dates to meet with coordinators in-person or by phone:
2017 January 17 thru 22 (Tue-Sun), afternoons
February 1 thru 5 (Wed-Sun) and Feb 16 thru 20 (Thu-Mon), afternoons
March 3 thru 6 (Fri-Mon) and March 18 thru 22 (Sat-Wed), afternoons & evenings
April 1 thru 5 (Sat-Wed) and April 16 thru 20 (Sun-Thu), afternoons & evenings...
For lots of great information about timebanking from around the world, check out the new Knit-a-Network Timebank Knowledge Commons. Also see our local TB-KC Library mirror site and Links & Resources below.
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 your 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, neighbors and co-workers. 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 230 members, including 5 organizations. See the word cloud below to get an idea of what we're trading & sharing.
Our website is a live-online member-based community directory for finding people, services offered and wanted, and other resources. The software is easy to use, and it's securely accessible with any web browser on all desktop and laptop computers, tablets, ipads, iphones and androids.
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 networks of support, strength and trust. Communities 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.