The Hour 4 Our World TimeBank is committed to building a sovereign, sustainable, and resilient community where everyone is equally valuable. The Timebank is a simple, money-free, community building, alternative means of exchange, that recognizes value in every individual thereby strengthening the fabric of our community.
The Hour 4 Our World Time Exchange has three main goals:
- Serve people and give them a means to serve.
- Strengthen the fabric of our community.
- Establish new relationships and meet real needs of our community members.
We recognize that each person has talents to share, and that the overall community is strengthened when neighbors help one another. For every hour that you help meet the needs of another member, you earn a time credit for the exchange. This time credit can then be redeemed for services from others, and the never-ending cycle of sharing continues.
Core Values of TimeBanking
Assets: We are all assets. Everyone has something to contribute.
Work: Some work is beyond price. Work must 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.
Reciprocity: Helping works better as a two-way street. The question: How can I help you? Needs to change so we ask: “How can we help each other build the world we both will live in?”
Social Networks: We need each other. People helping each other reweave communities of support, strength and trust. Community is built upon sinking roots, building trust, creating networks that are built on mutual respect and commitment.
Respect: Respect demands accountability. The voices of all must be heard and heeded so as to promote social justices and compel accountability