Today i attended a meeting about TimeBanks. I had never heard of them and didn’t even know they existed. I had read an article in the local rag which sparked my interest on the subject. They are like the barter section of craigslist, but far more intimate.

TimeBanks are organized throughout the United States. I am participating in the one in Durango. This is how they work. For every hour you spend doing something for someone in the TimeBank community, you earn one TIme Dollar. This is especially excellent if money is tight and you always wanted to take piano lessons. Piano lessons can be pricey, but rightly so. So, there is a woman that offers piano lessons, you can earn a time dollar by doing something for her, or for someone else. Let’s say you are a great gardener. You spend some time helping someone in their garden, you earn the time dollars for the amount of time spent helping and you use them to take piano lessons. Just like the monetary world, instead, with services. My thoughts are that the people who participate and the services they contribute will be completely genuine and open.

This is a great way to meet people and become more of a community. It’s a great way to offer your services and in exchange do something you have always desired to do. i am excited. There are people of all ages participating. No one age group is represented more than any other. People are offering babysitting, knitting, dance lessons, piano lessons, driving you to an errand, gardening skills, computer knowledge and the list pours on.

The group in Durango is just getting started. Their first plan of action is to spread the word and create a large community. Who knows what can happen from here. It is just so nice to know people are coming together to help each other. It’s a good feeling.

Check to see if there is one in your area. Go to the website and click on search TimeBanks. They are listed alphabetically. Enjoy!


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  1. kara'bout it

    I’ve heard of these! There’s on in Vermont called the Onion River Exchange, and there’s an Americorps position open to help them grow the program.

    It sounds really neat! Thanks for spreadin’ the word. I’ve always wanted to find out more about TimeBanks, but didn’t know where to start. The internet always has the answer…

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