Time Bank NDG!

Welcome to NDG’s first Time Bank! A time exchange is a grassroots project designed to strengthen the informal support systems of family, neighborhood, and community. We help connect people of all abilites to one another to meet specific needs. Through skill sharing and service providing, we can increase the quality of life for everyone involved.

We are a collective of residents of NDG, who exchange time and skills with one another to transform our community. We invite you to join us as we build relationships through service, share resources with one another, and empower our neighborhoods through our contributions to create positive change.

Time Bank Benefits:

TimeBanks are wonderful for their members, because…

1. They help members save and stretch their cash
2. They help members get to know each other, including people of different
ages, races, backgrounds, and abilities
3. They give members access to skill-building and ongoing learning
opportunities
4. They value every member’s assets equally, enabling and encouraging
everyone to contribute
5. They help members create a social network that’s supportive
6. They help members recognize and take pride in the many gifts they
have to offer to the community
7. They help members learn to ask for help when they need it (and they
don’t have to feel “bad” about it because they’ve earned the right to ask)

TimeBanks are wonderful for communities, because…

1. They help members get to know each other, including people of different
ages, races, backgrounds, and abilities
2. They have the potential to bridge communities/neighborhoods that
would traditionally not interact
3. They have a unifying effect
4. By making neighbors accountable to one another, they can help to
reduce crime and truancy, and increase neighborliness and pride in
community

TimeBanks are wonderful for non-profits, because…

1. They connect organizations more firmly with their surrounding communities
2. They make it easier for organizations to increase their accessibility by
providing child care and transportation when needed
3. They provide a way to make “clients” into “contributors”
4. They can stretch the agency’s budget and resources by bringing the
skills and resources of community members and clients into the mix

TimeBanks are wonderful for local businesses, because…

1. They make it easier for businesses to obtain services they can’t afford
2. They connect businesses more firmly with their surrounding communities
3. They make it easier for businesses to increase their accessibility by
providing child care and transportation when needed
4. They provide businesses with an easy way to let members know about what
they offer
5. A happy neighbor = a happy shopper!
6. Active participation in the community results in customer loyalty
7. People’s resources are better used, and they can therefore better
afford to spend their money locally

Here are the five core values of a Time Bank:

Assets: We are all assets.

Every human being has something to contribute.

Redefining Work: Some work is beyond price.

Work has to be redefined to value whatever it takes to raise healthy children, build strong families, revitalize neighborhoods, make democracy work, advance social justice, make the planet sustainable. That kind of work needs to be honored, recorded and rewarded.

Reciprocity: Helping works better as a two-way street.

The question: “How can I help you?” needs to change so we ask: “How can we help each other build the world we both will live in?”

Social Networks: We need each other.

Networks are stronger than individuals. People helping each other reweave communities of support, strength & trust. Community is built upon sinking roots, building trust, creating networks. Special relationships are built on commitment.

Respect: Every human being matters.

Respect underlies freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and everything we value. Respect supplies the heart and soul of democracy. When respect is denied to anyone, we all are injured. We must respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they will be at some future point.

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