I used to live in Homer, AK - and someone there started a TIME BANK and it was great.
Timebanking is a time-based currency. Give one hour of service to another, and receive one time credit. You can use the credits in turn to receive services — or you can donate them to others.
An hour of service is always one time credit regardless of the nature of the service performed.
One Hour = One Credit
It helps to remember that the one=one rule is rooted deep in the idea that regardless of whether we value what we do in different ways, we share a fundamental equality as human beings.
A Complementary Currency
The focus of Timebanking is on our value as human beings. It seeks to connect us through the relationships we create through giving and receiving. It operates in this way as a complement to the money-dominated world we inhabit.
Designed to increase our individual and community well-being, Timebanking takes place through exchanges by members as they give and receive services to each other, or through group and community activities and projects. Members can include individuals, groups and organizations.
If the idea of having one in the Lansing area interests you, check out the TIME BANK USA website and send me an email. If I hear from a few folks, we can meet and get the word out.
Homer, AK's population is only about 5000
Lansing's is over 100,000
This was the mission statement of the one I was involved with:
Our mission is to create strong communities by matching unmet needs with untapped resources. We help people help each other.
We believe that each person has valuable assets to share and that the overall community is strengthened when we help one another.
For every hour that you spend helping another member, you earn one Time Credit which can then be redeemed for services from others.
Put 'time bank' in the email heading if you email me.
do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers