In a time bank, a group of people agree to trade hours instead of money. An hour of cooking lessons may be exchanged for an hour of dog walking, a ride to the airport may be exchanged for childcare, and so on. Time banks are a creative way to strengthen community, promote equity, and allow everyone in the neighborhood to exchange their time and talents no matter how much money they have.
On October 11, 2012, the Center for a New American Dream presented a free webinar about how to start up a time bank and skill exchange in your community! The webinar featured speakers from successful time banks around the country.
- Mashi Blech – Director, Community Connections TimeBank, Visiting Nurse Service of NY (New York, NY)
- Janine Christiano – Founder, Arroyo Time Bank/Co-Director, Arroyo SECO (Los Angeles, CA)
- Mira Luna – Founder, Bay Area Community Exchange (San Francisco, CA)
Watch the recording to hear Blech, Christiano, and Luna talk about how they got their time banks off the ground, and answer questions about how you can launch one in your own town!