Local Time Banks

A different kind of bank.

We are a caring and interconnected community of people who help each other by sharing our abilities, talents and experiences. We all have needs; we all have gifts to share. When you or your organization provides a service for another member, you earn one one hourr for each hour you spent providing the service, You (or your organization) can then exchange each hour you earn for an hour of service from someone else.  

Our Mission is to:

Valley Time Trade is a mutual aid network of individuals and organizations in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts. We have joined together to help one another, share skills, and improve our communities. We share what we value the most – our time, and keep track of hours spent and earned instead of exchanging money for services. Anyone residing in our service area is welcome to join and encouraged to participate in co-creating the future we envision together.

We seek to:

Connect people and unmet needs with untapped resources
Provide economic relief through access to alternative resources
Encourage increased community interaction, wherein people help themselves and others
Foster mutual respect for all individuals in a community
Promote equality by giving each person's time the same value

Our Overall Belief:
The Valley Time Trade is a way to come together to meet practical needs, have fun, make new connections, maintain old ones, while affirming the dignity and worth of all. Weaving community - an hour at a time.

What is Time Trading?
Time Trading is an organized exchange system through which members earn hours (time credits) for time spent helping other members. One hour of service earns one hour of someone else's time, no matter what the service. We are part of a movement across the country and across the world of hundreds of local timebanks. We are part of a movement across the country and across the world. There are over 100 Time Banks in the United States and similar systems operate in over 25 countries.

How Does it Work?

Members can “buy” hours of service they want or need with time credits. Everyone’s time and service are valued equally. For example, Trader Maria fixes Trader Al’s fence, which takes 2 hours. She earns 2 time credits. With her time credits, she purchases 2 one-hour guitar lessons from Trader Juan Carlos. Trader Juan Carlos spends his time credits on a massage from Trader Jamila… It’s easy: give what you want, get what you need!

Anyone in the community can sign up to be a member. Each potential member attends an orientation and fills out an application. Once this process is successfully completed, the member is granted access to log on to our secure website, where members post service requests and offers. If a member does not have a computer or Internet access, we will assist in managing his/her account.

There is no charge for individuals to join Valley Time Trade. After one year, and each succeeding year, members are asked to either provide 2 hours of service to the timebank or contribute $20. It’s easy to provide 2 hours of service to the timebank by working on a committee or helping out with an event or service project.  There is a separate member structure for organizations as well.  See more information about the process for both individuals and organizations on the ‘Join!’ page.

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Make The Shift, Bank Locally!