Time4Time Community Exchange is a volunteer-led initiative, a community-wide circle of giving in which people to volunteer their talents and receive, in return, help with their unmet needs. You can become involved with Time4Time in many different ways: you can be a member, both on the individual or the family level, and your company/non-profit can become a “Community Partner” with Time4Time. You can also help us organize and run the TimeBank by volunteering your time with the Coordinator (and receive Time Credits in return) or becoming a Coordinator yourself. Whatever your passion is, we have a need for it in the TimeBank, on some level, somewhere.
While modern TimeBanking was created over thirty years ago, it is a new concept to many of us. The basic premise of TimeBanking is that it is an organized way to “pay-it-forward.” For every hour you invest doing work for someone via the TimeBank, you receive an hour that you can spend on any service offered in the TimeBank (not just with the person to whom you provided the service). On the surface this premise seems simple, but when looked at more deeply, timebanking offers new ways of thinking about time, wealth and community. In the end, we hope to achieve the rather large goal of reweaving community.
Soon we’ll have a great video of our own. For now, check this great video describing what timebanking is from the Long Beach Time Exchange