We ask that everyone be mindful of our core values and treat each other with respect, be courteous and be safe. We ask that you keep your account updated: making sure your contact info is accurate and that you are able and willing to provide the services you have listed.
• Social Networks: We need each other. People joined in shared purpose are stronger than individuals. Helping each other, we build support, strength and trust. At the heart of every time exchange is equality. An hour is an hour, regardless of the service. We believe all people are created equal, and so is our time. Everyone has value, everyone’s time is equal, and everyone has something to offer.
• Redefining Work: Work is beyond price. Work must be redefined to include all of the activities it takes to sustain families, neighborhoods and communities, to help democracy work and to advance social justice. This kind of work needs to be honored. The real economy is people. We value the work it takes to make healthy children, a healthy community, a sustainable future. Work should be redefined as something joyful, and we should spend as much time as we can do what we love. Many of the services members provide are things they would like to spend their time doing more of. Time banking frees up time for you, giving you more time to do the things you enjoy. For example, giving a neighbor a ride to the grocery store doesn’t need to take up any more time then you normally would spend and you can use the hours you earn getting someone to help you with something you don’t enjoy doing, don’t know how to do, or can’t do yourself. We all know chores go quicker with a helping hand, and working together can feel like play.
• Assets: We are all assets. Every human being has something of value to contribute. Even members who are homebound have even earned hours by offering the service of prayer or telling funny stories. We recognize that the world takes all kinds of people, and all kinds of knowledge. Many people have talents that they do not even realize, skills they may take for granted that someone else may wish to utilize. We empower people to grow their abilities and learn new skills, to stop limiting ourselves by thinking of what we can’t, and to imagine the possibilities of what we can accomplish together.
• Reciprocity: Helping works better as a two way street. The question, “How can I help you?” needs to be changed to, “How can we help each other build the world we both want to live in?” It is a gift to have the ability to help someone, and we should not rob others of that gift by saying there is nothing that anyone can do for me. There is no shame in asking for help, for when we come together with like purpose, the sum becomes greater than the whole. We are all stronger together.
• Respect: Everyone matters. We must respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they will be at some future point. Through reciprocity we respect ourselves and each other. No one is above another and no one is a burden, we are all givers and receivers, teachers and students.