Tree of Plenty TimeBank Mission Statement

The Tree of Plenty TimeBank fosters the well-being of our community by providing an exchange network, using the Tax-Exempt Tree of Plenty TimeBank Time Dollars, with services and goods that strengthens social unity, encourages reciprocity, enhances our local economy and is built on a foundation of respect and equality.

Reducing isolation for distressed and disadvantaged community members: The Tree of Plenty TimeBank creates a visible and supportive community of people who are unemployed, underemployed, or in need of important services they cannot afford or otherwise access. This reduces isolation for poor, disadvantaged, and distressed members of the community. The social connections and opportunities available in the Tree of Plenty TimeBank help to enhance an individual’s self-worth and sense of belonging. One study showed that 75% of time bank members report building new relationships through their time banking experiences (Source: Arroyo SECO Network of Time Banks Survey 2013).

Reducing isolation and building community connections has also been found to reduce crime. A multi-year study by the Harvard School of Public Health (published in the August 1997 issue of Science) concluded that poverty and joblessness could not account for the differences in crime they found in largely black neighborhoods. The study examined 343 neighborhoods in Chicago and interviewed 8,872 residents, and concluded: “By far the largest predictor of the violent crime rate,” the study concluded, “was collective usefulness.”