Service Chits

Banking Hours Takes on New Meaning




At its most basic, time banking is about spending an hour doing something for someone in our community and banking it. Each hour banked represents a time dollar to spend having someone doing something for us.

Time banks are built upon the premise that everyone has something to contribute and everyone needs a helping hand now and then. When we ask, “How can we help each other?” we can all get our needs met, whether it’s a ride to school, a trip to the market, yard work or household chores. Sharing resources builds trust and makes life more convenient. It’s like having an extended family that benefits the larger community.

For a directory of existing community time banks and a startup kit to create a time bank to serve a neighborhood, school, church or agency, visit www.TimeBanks.org.

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