Timebanking helps build community-based and community-owned systems, approaches and activities that ensure success for committed youth, and adults–regardless of age.
The WSTB is building relationships of support, caring and trust and sustainability in the neighborhood.
We are increasing the ability of members to obtain needed services through Timebank that they could not afford or perform themselves while gaining satisfaction from helping others. (Again, through Timebank)
There are over 300 Timebanks in the USA. All aspire to the five core principles of timebanking as outlined by Dr. Edgar Cahn, the founder of Timebanks USA:
- Asset – Everyone is an asset; society’s real wealth is its people.
- Redefining Work – Some work is beyond price. Work has to be redefined to value whatever it takes to raise healthy children, build strong families, revitalize neighborhoods, 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 – Networks are stronger than individuals. People helping each other reweave communities of support, strength and trust. Special relationships are built on commitment.
- Respect – Every human being matters. Respect underlies freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and everything we value. We must respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they will be at some future point.
Timebanking reveals the breadth of a community’s ability to support one another. Timebanks have demonstrated for a quarter of a century that every one of us has something special to give to others in our community. Timebanking has proven capable of harnessing untapped community capacity that the market does not value to address vast unmet needs. Timebank as a community resource, will increase our community sustainability and resilience by connecting our diverse capabilities with the needs of our neighbors.
As community connections are made and strengthened we expect to see results like those reported in studies of existing Timebanks. Including: strengthening of fragile families, enhancement of individual’s health outcomes and rebuilding involvement with and for the elderly, youth and families of our community.
All members are required to attend an orientation, complete an application, which contains two personal references, show photo identification and sign a form allowing a Washington State Criminal Background check to be performed. Additionally, parent or guardian approval is required for those under 18 years of age. Our fiscal sponsor, Senior Services, does our background checks at no cost to us.