What is a Time Bank?

The modern movement was begun in the early 70s by three women at the Grace Hill Settlement House in St. Louis, who wrote the four Core Values and embodied them in MORE "Member-Oriented Resource Exchange. The concept was developed by Edgar Cahn, author of Time Dollars: The New Currency that Enables Americans to Turn Their Hidden Resource - Time - into Personal Security & Community Renewal

A time bank gives value to many tasks we take for granted, like caregiving, housekeeping, and sharing skills and talents. Everyone's time is equal and everyone can contribute, as you can see by the stories of established time banks, below.

See ABC newss segment about time banking

Everybody has something to offer

What can a 90-year old blind woman contribute to a time bank? In one time bank, she helped lighten the load of an elementary school teacher by preparing materials for a class project. Hundreds of pieces of yarn, 18" in length, were carefully cut and sorted into groups of 10.

Giving is Receiving

An artist who lived out in the country had an opportunity to attend a work/stay program overseas but needed someone to watch her two dogs while she was gone for 6 weeks. Through the timebank she found someone - and it turned out to be a neighbor she had never met. She also needed someone to pick up her art from a show that would end while she was away and in the process found someone to babysit her houseplants. He enjoyed both the art and the plants - displayed along with her business cards - at his office.

Eco + Friendly

One member was going through her things to have a garage sale but knew her location wasn't a good one. Her husband predicted he'd be taking everything to the dump. She asked friends to have a joint garage sale with her but the timing for them wasn't right. So she got creative and put up a request to use her hours in exchange for the use of a yard in a more convenient location in town. The sale was a success and what she didn't sell she gave away - nothing ended up at the dump.

Organize your clutter!
Happy to come to your house and help transform your cluttered basement or shed, throw out what needs it and organize what's left.
Laurie Portocarrero
Organize: Clutter/Organizational Management

Audio production
For music, voiceover, or any basic audio production work, I have home studio with equipment to produce professional quality sound.  I'm capable of doing very good work. Hudson NY 12534

Stephen Bluhm
Audio and Video

Worm farming
Advice, and worms! Worm castings tea makes for healthy gardens.
Julie Cerny, Stuyvesant

Environmental education for youth
On the farm where I live, or at the place of your choosing. I've been working with youth and families outdoors for 15 years.
Julie Cerny, Stuyvesant


Applying for a new job -- need a resume?
I will format and edit your resume.
Merisa Russello - Hudson

Yoga for individuals and groups. Sondra Loring, from Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation in Hudson

Household repairs for those in need. I have a lifetime of experience as a carpenter, electrician and plumber.
Christian Sweningsen - Stuyvesant

Artist and teacher will paint a picture or mural for your home or work.
Laura Summer, Hillsdale

Laura has self-published 8 beautiful books; she will help you with yours.
Laura Summer -  Hillsdale

Proofreading - I'm compulsive!
Christian Sweningsen - Stuyvesant

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I would like help setting up Google File Stream on my MacBook Air & iMac desktop.
Julie Cerney, Stuyvesant

I would like someone to clean out a few small gardens
Laura Summer, Hillsdale / Harlemville

I would like help with general weeding in a small garden, and plantings surrounding the house
Christian Sweningsen, Stuyvesant

I would like someone to do some house cleaning on a regular basis.
Laura Summer, Hillsdale / Harlemville

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