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Time Bank Orientation

February 2, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Res Circles fullCome and meet other Time Bankers and sign up for the more local Time Bank, Eastbay Area Reciprocity Network, a regional time bank affiliated with TimeBanksUSA. We are forming a local nexus built on the strength of everyone knowing each other. This orientation is a key event to getting started and we look forward to seeing you there.

What is a time bank?

A time bank is a membership organization that provides a system for people to exchange services.  Services that community members would like to give and receive are posted on our community web site and the exchanges are communicated and tracked through the system.  The exchange currency is time, and everyone’s time is of equal value. Those who do not have access to the internet are paired with members who help them exchange services. Here’s a background explanation from shareable.net.

Why not just volunteer?
Time banking brings out the best in people. Too often we believe the “noble” mindset that we must be self-sufficient and also help others. This undermines the dignity of many who are capable and yearning to feel valued, but seldom have the opportunity to give back. Reciprocity empowers all to contribute to the community well being.

What is special about EARN?
Our mission includes building a community to help overcome the economic and emotional hardships brought on by economic recession, loss of publicly funded services, environmental degradation, and the decline of local culture.  We will incorporate strategies to create a future that is economically and environmentally sustainable.

EARN’s Goals

  • To facilitate service exchanges that benefit both givers and the receivers by fulfilling needs as well as honoring the value of each person’s contributions
  • To provide a mentoring opportunities for teaching and learning new skills
  • To re-energize caring communities, re-weave neighborhoods, and foster friendships
  • To build bridges of respect between diverse individuals that remove barriers to open communication and collaborative efforts
  •  To grow a movement beyond time banking that will create an informed, cohesive, grass roots movement to transform the dollar economy while protecting the environment and valuing humanity


February 2, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Albany Library, Edith Stone Room
1247 Marin Ave.
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Event Sponsor
Transition Albany
2 comments on “Time Bank Orientation
  1. Susan Green says:

    Hi. I am wondering how this is different from Bay Area Community Exchange’s time bank? It also operates in the East Bay.

  2. Catherine Sutton says:

    Susan, because it is aligned with the US timebank family, the software is different – I find it easier to use. Also, it is currently much smaller – just starting up. The idea is to have a local coordinator in every area so that there is more hands on connecting, more community building where we live… I’ve been a member of the SF BACE timebank for a couple of years and have missed the close connection aspect. When I talked to the BACE people they said they would be happy to collaborate with this one but they haven’t made a move yet. I guess they are really shorthanded at the logistics end, which is another important difference…..