What is Time Banking?
Time banking is mutual help. It is people using their time and energy to help others, and then having access to help from other members in the future.

We don’t all have the same abilities, and we don’t all have the same abilities at the same time.

Through the time bank, you can spend an hour doing an activity for someone that fits your schedule, time, and energy. Then someone with different skills or abilities can help you for an hour when you need it most.

Everyone’s contribution is of equal value.

This model is simple, and safe. Everyone who puts into it benefits, and nobody needs any money to participate.

How much does it cost to be a member?
Nada! Membership is absolutely free!

What services can I get?
Anything! Everything! …that is anything and everything that our members offer. So, if there is a service that you need, but there’s not a member that offers it, find a person that offers it and tell them about our group. Invite them to join!

Also, be sure to post any specific requests you have for services — sometimes people don’t realize a skill they have is useful to someone else! For example, it might not occur to someone that their knack for creatively wrapping gifts or neatly addressing envelopes is useful until they see someone asking for help with it around the holidays.

Who can join?
Anyone! Everyone!

How do I keep track of my hours?
Hours are submitted and tracked online at York.timebanks.org

What services are offered?
The list is constantly growing as new members join and add their talents.

What if I’m not satisfied with the service offered?  Example:  I didn’t like my haircut.
What would you do if you paid cash for that haircut?  Same thing.  Talk to the provider. Express your opinion, work out a solution together. You are also able to leave feedback for each exchange you receive.

2 thoughts on “FAQ’s

  1. Cecilia says:

    I think that it would be helpful, when considering joining, to see what kinds of services are available: what kind of community I’m joining. I would be more likely to join if I saw some services that I could make use of and can offer other things; for example, I wouldn’t want to join only to find out that most of the services are for babysitting, horse care or tattooing- none of which I can make use of! Thanks!

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