How it Works!
How the TimeBank Works:
Most simply, drawing on your time, energy, skills, and interests, you give what you can and you get what you request. For every hour you give helping another member or the community, you earn one time dollar for yourself. You then spend your time dollar as you like on services offered by other members.
Getting Started with our TimeBank:
- Take a moment to read the Anchorage TimeBank Rights and Responsibilities.
- Create a login and fill out your member profile.
- Post some skills and talents you have to offer other members.
- Post some requests for skills or talents that other members can provide for you.
Ongoing Use of the TimeBank:
- Respond to an offer or request. This is exactly how new sharing and relationships are built which strengthen our community.
- Please respond in a timely manner to emails you receive from your neighbors about the requests of offers you've posted.
- After communicating with a neighbor and determining a service exchange is appropriate, make specific arrangements how to coordinate the exchange.
- Fulfill the exchange and save a record of it in your Time Dollars account.
- Come back and review offers and requests from other members
Do this again and again to help keep our community alive and flourishing.
- Read TimeBank Rights and Responsibilites (see below) to get familiar with what is involved and expected of all members.
- Create your own account password and submit (confidential) personal information form which requests membership in the TimeBank.
- Receive email confirmation from TimeBank permitting enrollment. PLEASE NOTE: this message may end up in your SPAM since it will be coming to an address new to your email. If you do not hear back within 24 hours, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Proceed to enroll by posting Offers and Requests.
REMEMBER: You receive 1 Time Dollar for:
- Full Enrollment.
- Each Offer and Request you post.
- Posting your photo.
Posting and Arranging Exchanges
- As your own and other member’s offers and services are posted on the website, notices of possible matches are sent to you, OR, to move even quicker,
- You may make selections from the member postings and communicate your interest in the offering through the website.
- Communicate through the website with the other member to see if you have a match. (Ask the same questions and use the same judgment and negotiating skills as if trading with a friend. Decide on the number of Time Dollars involved in the exchange.)
- If and when satisfied, arrange for the exchange through the website.
- Once the exchange is completed, both parties record the exchange in his/her account. (Record all service preferably within a week of the date of service. If there is any confusion about the number of hours performed, both parties should reach an agreement before the hours are recorded.)
- The TimeBank sends you a monthly statement of your exchanges (credits, debits, and balance).
Questions and Assistance
- Using new software can always present challenges. Members can earn time dollars by helping other members make requests and offers, plan exchanges, and post to their account. So, even your questions promote exchanges. And, they are always welcome. Contact us at any time <email@example.com>. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
Anchorage TimeBank Member Rights and Responsibilities
Every member of the Anchorage TimeBank has the right:
- To be treated with dignity, care and respect.
- To be valued.
- To be treated fairly.
- To have their privacy maintained.
- To earn one time dollar for every hour of service provided.
- To save time dollars in a personal account for later use.
- To spend time dollars on services offered by other members.
- To donate time dollars to other members.
Every member of the Anchorage TimeBank has the responsibility:
- To be prompt and keep scheduled commitments.
- To respect the privacy of other members.
- To respect the home, property, and valuables of other member.
Prior to receiving a service, I will:
- Take the time to first ascertain the competency of the member in regard to the service offered and to the extent that meets my level of comfort.
- Clarify all details of the transaction before accepting or scheduling it, including agreeing on expenses, which are the responsibility of the recipient. (Expenses include materials, etc., required to provide the service.)
- To refrain from smoking in or bringing pets or children to another member’s home, unless invited to do so.
- To be accepting of guidance and instructions.
- To have fun and enjoy the company of other members!
Members are encouraged to report violations to the TimeBank (firstname.lastname@example.org). Violation of any of these principals and policies will result in a conversation with TimeBank coordinators and may result in the blocking of membership.
Special note on elder/childcare and transportation
Elder and Childcare
Choosing the right baby sitter or adult care provider for a loved one is a very important decision. An Anchorage TimeBank member who wants to receive those services from another member needs to know that Anchorage TimeBank does not do background checks on any of its members. The decision to provide and receive care is the responsibility of the member based on the relationship of trust, mutual support and respect. It is the individual responsibility of each member to meet and/or screen members offering child or elder care. Likewise, if you are offering this service you may be asked to provide references or your own background check.
An Anchorage TimeBank member who wants to get a ride from another member needs to know that the Anchorage TimeBank does not check driving records or do background checks its members. Members are responsible for screening drivers if there are any concerns.
Appreciation of another's best efforts is part of what makes the TimeBank work. No service is guaranteed and there may be situations when the service provided does not meet the expectations of the receiver. In these cases please attempt to be flexible and understanding.
All members must protect the privacy of other members. Member information cannot be shared outside of the TimeBank. In addition, member’s emails cannot be added to mailing lists without their express permission.
What kinds of things can I ask for or offer?
What is the range of “typical” requests in a Time Bank? And, how exactly do you “word” a request or offer? As you can see from the examples below (from another Time Bank), Requests and Offers are all over the place and communicated in many different ways.
- Fix Blinker - The left front blinker of my car does not work. I tried replacing the bulb, but that didn't work. I need help from someone who knows a little bit more about car electrical systems than me (which won’t be hard). I will buy any parts needed.
- Hair Cut for Female - I need a haircut! I have mid-length hair and don’t need anything fancy - just want to add some shaping and layers.
- Prepare Garden Site - Need someone to start from scratch to prepare a garden site. It is presently large hummocks and some wet places. It needs to be leveled and rototilled.
- Dog Sitting - May need someone to care for our old sweet dog for one week - July 12-20th. She needs a pill in morning & night, plus a walk to mailbox. Loves riding in car. Can possibly stay in our home.
- Need Help Moving Data to a New Computer - I got a new computer and need help download the files from the old and putting them on discs or an external hard drive.
- A Freezer - We have a small stand up freezer and would like to exchange for fish or moose.
- Need Power Washer - We need to borrow a power washer for an afternoon.
- Water Delivery to Dry Cabin - I live out east end in a dry cabin without a car and would like to coordinate with someone to deliver 1-5 gallons of water at a time. I can provide containers. Time credits based on drive time and time to fill containers.
- Hauling Wood - I need someone to help me haul wood to my home. I live 1/2 mile off the road and have a small tractor. I hurt my knee and need to get wood in before winter.
- Carpool Help - I rely primarily on walking/biking to and from work/town however, sometimes in icky weather or when bringing groceries home, it would be nice to find a carpool. If you travel this route [describer] and would be willing to provide wheels on occasion just let me know.
- Tile My Fireplace - I need a tile person to tile my fireplace and also my bathroom tile needs regrouting and I would like to tile my bathroom floor and kitchen floor retiled as well. If you know how to tile, I need you.
- Community Sauna - I am searching for a community sauna to meet regularly. Sunday afternoons would be nice. I imagine finding a sweat-lodge/hot room (and cold rinse) where people can share in a potluck afterwards! If it doesn't exist, let’s build or start one.
- Regular Cleaning - Once a Week - Would you consider yourself a good cleaner? Does it help you clear out your head and make you happy? We would love it if you would put your cleaning super powers to work here at the office of [our non-profit, service organizations]. We need someone who is willing to clean for about 1 hour a week to keep our building fresh and tidy.
- Flower Bed Help - We need help with shoveling and building some new beds. No experience necessary. Upper body strength helpful. Kids welcome.
- Double up your Dump Run - Heading up to the dump? Can you take a few bags up for us? Before you head up, stop by to see if we have any trash or recycling. Add it to your load and record your time.
- Light Auto Maintenance - Punctured tires, oil/filter, batteries, hoses/belts, brakes, spark plugs.
- Garden Tilling - I will tractor till gardens.
- Dog Walking - Worked for a dog daycare for many years, love dogs! Can come by your house, leash up your dog(s) and take them for a walk. ½ or 1 hr.
- Health food info with quick recipes - I am passionate about food and love sharing info on budget and quick, easy recipes. About an hour a week.
- Farm Help - Garden work is my favorite but can also do basic carpentry, painting, groom the horses, milk the goats, and feed the chickens.
- Paralegal Services - I have a juris doctorate in law but I am not a practicing attorney. I can offer legal research services and help you organize your information and issues so that you can pass your work product along to a practicing lawyer thus saving time and money.
- Artist Model - I can pose for artists - clothing preferred.
- Guitar and Mandolin Lessons - I am happy to work with people at almost any level, and any age. Can help with basic mechanics, practical theory, scales and modes, constructing and altering chords, etc.
- Help with Paperwork/Applications/Resumes/Medicare/Social Security - I can help you get organized with your paperwork, bill paying, going over the hurdles for Medicare/ Medicaid, applying for Social Security Disability.
- Hawaii! - I've lived there about 2 yrs, can perhaps answer questions, help you arrange trip-on the Big Island of Hawaii (Hilo side). If you dream of taking a break from winter temps here and relaxing in the sun and surf, swimming with the colorful fishies and giant sea turtles, I can answer a lot of your questions on planning a trip there.
- Values Clarification - Help identify core values, whether or not living by them, and discuss how to get along with others who live their lives with different values.
- Advertising and Design - Photo work (Adobe Photoshop), restoring old photos and documents, make logos, (Adobe Indesign) and layouts, web sites, format and typeset printed material, brochures, advertisements or books.
- Wheatgrass - I am growing and jucing wheatgrass for my health and would love to share my grass and knowledge. I can grow trays for you or juice some up to put in your freezer