What Can the Tree of Plenty TimeBanking Do?
Edgar Cahn, who founded TimeBanking, wrote in his book No More Throw-Away People that he was seeking with this new kind of money to foster “decency, caring, and a passion for justice.”
Currently, the most common model of TimeBanking focuses on community service exchanges that help the most vulnerable and build a strong sense of community. But in some places, people and organizations are approaching TimeBanking as an opportunity to design targeted uses of TimeBanking to achieve specific goals.
Here are just some of the things that people have done with TimeBanking:
Strengthened the sense of community.
Improved learning at school.
Reduced the school-to-prison pipeline.
Helped public housing residents save money.
Supported hospital patients as they return to regular life at home.
Brought art and music into a community.
Helped seniors remain at home as they age.