As such, Time Bank declares that 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, and make the planet sustainable. That kind of work needs to be honored, recorded and rewarded.
TimeBank believes in Reciprocity, that helping works better as a two-way street. According to the TimeBank website, The question we often ask: "How can I help you?" needs to change so that we ask: "How can we help each other build the world we both will live in?"
TimeBanks relies heavily on social networks. These are not internet networks where people don't have to deal with the skin to skin contact of daily life. No, this is real contact. Indeed, it is not beyond the task of a caring TimeBank member to perhaps change the underpants of an elder who has lost control of her bladder and bowels. Thus TimeBank states that we all need each other.
They also believe that networks are stronger than individuals. That people helping each other reweave communities build support, strength & trust. Resilient communities are built upon sinking roots, building trust, creating networks. Special relationships are built on commitment.
Perhaps TimeBanks can help us cultivate the most basic of human desire: Longing to belong? Indeed, according to TimeBank USA, 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.
TimeBanks is at the center of a dynamic movement to preserve families, rebuild communities, affect systemic change, and promote transformation around the world. They are committed to building a TimeBanks movement worldwide. Currently, there are over 300 TimeBanks around the world and in over 36 countries. By becoming a TimeBanks Network Affiliate a TimeBank will be connected to a learning community of TimeBanks worldwide. The Network works together to provide each other with ongoing information, tools, conference calls, online discussion groups, webinars, online and face to face training opportunities.
To identify time banks in your area, http://community.timebanks.org/
For basic information regarding timebanks, http://timebanks.org/about