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1 1 TimeBanking Giving and Receiving For Healthy Communities

2 2 MI Alliance of TimeBanks Umbrella organization linking & supporting TimeBanks across the state of Michigan. We help individuals, organizations & communities establish & run TimeBanks.

3 3 What is a TimeBank? A TimeBank is a community of caring Members form a network of relationships helping each other – as persons, groups associations and organizations building trust and a sense of community through neighborhood projects and events making transformational change

4 4 Where Are TimeBanks? 1987TimeBanks began 1995TimeBanksUSA founded In 32 nations and 42 states TB network is expanding and evolving

5 5 Michigan TB initiatives DetroitSW Detroit, Chadsey Condon, Villages neighborhoods Metro DetroitLathrup Village, Southfield, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Plymouth/Canton, Westland, Sterling Hgts, Madison Hgts. Kalamazoo, Grand Blanc, Meridian Twp, Charlotte, Muskegon, Lapeer County, Lansing, E. Lansing, Grand Rapids

6 Organizational exploration Stafford House, Greater Woodward, Vanguard & NE Christian CDCs Consortium of Hispanic Agencies, SW Solutions, Covenant Community Care, Bridging Communities Church of the Messiah Housing Corporation, Gleaners South Oakland Shelter 6

7 7 TimeBanking Core Values Assets: We all have something to give Honoring Real Work: Building home, family, community Reciprocity: Giving AND receiving Community: We need each other Respect: Voice and accountability for all

8 TBing is a powerful idea One for one Something for something A fair exchange – give and take A chance to pay back – and pay it forward 8

9 9 TimeBank Circle of Giving

10 10 How It Works New members sign up & post what they will give & receive on TimeBank software Software helps track the what, where, when of member activities Members record their completed activities

11 11 Practical & adaptable tool Peer Youth CourtWashington, D.C. Parent Support Network, RIchildren at risk w/behavioral, emotional or mental health challenges Visiting Nurse Service of New York Lehigh Valley Hospital Community Exchange

12 Examples of TB innovations Dane County, WI1700+ individual & 80 organizational members Rural WV church teaching solar paneling NY City network to create 30 satellite TBs Hour Exchange Portland, ME dealing with weatherization, healthcare, microenterprise 12

13 13 Liability and legal issues IRS ruling that time dollars are tax exempt Each TB decides what it will do Some TBs have Board and volunteer insurance with CIMA Smart planning required

14 14 Lessons learned TBing is a paradigm shift Paid staff essential for sustainability A TB is a learning organization It is not easy, takes two years to build & isnt for everyone

15 15 More lessons Ownership of organizing committee is key Widely applicable tool but must be shaped to fit & weave into organizations mission Innovative, fun ways to engage people are key, e.g. group projects & classes

16 A TB success checklist Clear mission & core principles in place Champions & stakeholders engaged Paid coordinator & fundraising plan Link to TB network for best practices Start small & keep learning 16

17 What does the future hold? TimeBanking has potential to join the list of social innovations that have changed the world No more silos. More patchwork quilts. How could TimeBanking be used to implement your dreams? 17

18 Using TBs to rebuild Michigan What are possible first steps for you? What steps could we take together? What do you need to move forward? 18

19 19 How you can help Partner with MATB to support TBs Identify resources & raise funds Consider an MATB leadership position (Committee, Advisory or Executive Board) Think outside the box Spread the word

20 20 For More Info Tom Toohey 810.695.0517 or

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