Tree of Plenty TimeBank – Basics
TimeBanking is a time-based currency that helps to build circles and network of mutual support. With TimeBanking, you give one hour of service to another, and receive one Tree of Plenty TimeBank Tax except Time Dollar. An hour is always an hour — regardless of the service offered. You can use the Tree of Plenty TimeBank Time Dollar in turn to receive services — or you can donate them to others.
TimeBanks are formed when people come together to use Time Dollars to achieve a shared goal. Many choose to focus on community building. But TimeBanks have also focused on tutoring in schools, health and wellness efforts, hospital discharge support, juvenile justice, helping seniors to age in community, civic engagement and more.
TimeBanks can be local, regional, national or international in scope. They can vary in size from as few as 20 people to tens of thousands. Because TimeBanks are self-organized, we cannot know precisely how many there are, but in the United States we can guesstimate there are around 500 local and regional TimeBanks, totaling around 40,000 – 50,000 members.
Who can use the Tree of Plenty TimeBank?
That includes individuals, groups, organizations, government agencies, churches, businesses.
That also includes any organization that is helped by volunteers. Volunteers can earn Tree of Plenty TimeBank Tax except Time Dollars for the help they provide. They receive one credit for each hour of service.
But it is important to remember that in TimeBanking, both receiving and giving have equal weight. People cannot give if others will not receive – the two are bound up together. And mutual value is found through both.
You can take up TimeBanking in two ways: join the Tree of Plenty TimeBank that has already been created – and start giving and receiving services with other members; or open a new Tree of Plenty TimeBank Group.
Tree of Plenty TimeBank Orientations
This is where members learn about the Tree of Plenty TimeBank. Orientations are a key step for new members to become full-fledged members of the Tree of Plenty TimeBank.
Strong orientations provide new members with information as to the overriding purpose of the Tree of Plenty TimeBank, the core values of Tree of Plenty TimeBank, how the TimeBank software works, how services take place, the responsibilities of membership and more.
Orientations may be group or individual, by phone, a Skype presentation, a Webinar, etc. They may be formal, with a set agenda and planned activities, or more informal: sit in a small group, listen to the coordinator describe what it’s all about, learn about the software, and then ask questions.
In group orientations, the orientation leaders will often try to ensure that each new member has agreed to enter s service that they will offer that will make the experience real, early on.