The York Time Bank (formerly York County Time Bank) is a community-based skills sharing platform in which hours are the currency.
Every hour you spend sharing a skill or performing a service for another time bank member or member organization is “bankable,” and can be used to obtain any skill or service offered by any other time bank member.
So for example, if you walked another time bank member’s dog for an hour, and volunteered for an hour at a festival for a member organization, you could take those two hours and use them with other time bank members. You could use them to get an hour of yoga and an hour of help putting together ikea furniture, or any other skills or services offered by other members.
It’s not barter, it’s better — it’s time banking.
In addition to individual exchanges, the York Time Bank organizes group projects and public projects, like the Penn Street Art Bridge, a public art space formed in the summer of 2017 on the walls at the end of Penn Street with the support of then-Mayor Kim Bracey. The art bridge project transformed an ongoing vandalism issue into a vibrant outdoor street art gallery and community asset. Now, anyone can legally paint on the Penn Street Art Bridge without prior permission or approval or risk of arrest. Visit PennStreetArtBridge.com to learn more about the project.
If you are a member of a community group working to make York better for everyone, please reach out — we would love to get your group set up with the time bank!