What is Time4Time Community Exchange?
Time4Time Community Exchange is a volunteer-led initiative, a community-wide circle of giving in which people volunteer their talents and receive, in return, help with their unmet needs, using time as an alternative currency. 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 from 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, in keeping with our core principles, we hope to achieve the rather large goal of reweaving community.
Soon we’ll have a great video of our own. For now, check out this great video from Long Beach California, describing what timebanking is: Long Beach Time Exchange.
We also sponsor community events, like the NW Philly Repair Cafe. The Repair Cafe seeks to reduce waste by bringing together local community volunteer fixers with people who need broken items fixed (that would normally be thrown away). We’ve sponsored 2 Repair Cafes, in the Fall 2014 and in the Spring, 2015. NW Philly Repair Cafe