This Time Bank belongs to you! It is what you make it! Every aspect of it, right down to its mission statement, is subject to the democratic decisions of all of its members. Reach out if you want to change something about how the time bank is run, or even help us with our promo video!
Our Mission is to strengthen community solidarity by facilitating the exchange of local talents and services through mutual aid and love of neighbor.
We live in a world where more than enough goods and services are produced to meet the needs and most of the desires of every person. In our present society, when it comes to the ways we distribute resources, inequality is the rule. Denton Time Exchange believes that every human being is valuable, not as some faceless participant in a money market, but as someone with unique talents and gifts that the world needs to see! We dream of a world of decentralized but closely linked communities, each empowered to reflect the talents of every member and meet the needs of all who live in the community.
We encourage the participation of everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, or age.
HOW IT WORKS
The Denton Time Exchange (DTE) Timebank subverts the money economy by facilitating exchange of talents and services between community members using credits based on time. Everyone's time is valuable and we affirm that one hour of your time is equal to one hour of my time. If one person provides a service for another person and the service takes one hour, the person performing the service receives one hour of credit that they can then spend on a service from any other member of the time bank! Time credits can also be gifted to one another! Members of the time bank:
- Give and receive services to/from each other
- Learn new skills
- Meet new people
- Feel connected and Involved in the community
- Increase community health and well-being as well as support sustainability
- Save money
- Further develop a complimentary currency, time credits
Members post offers and requests based on their abilities and needs and log time earned or spent exchanging services with each other in the Record an Exchange section on the menu to the right. Members can save or use their time credits to exchange with anyone in the time bank!
The DTE timebank is based upon the five core values of timebanking:
We are all assets.
Every human being has something to contribute.
Some work is beyond price.
Work has to be redefined to value whatever it takes to raise healthy children, build strong
families, revitalize neighborhoods, make democracy work, advance social justice, make the
planet sustainable. That kind of work needs to be honored, recorded and rewarded.
Helping works better as a two-way street.
The question: “How can I help you?” needs to change so we ask: “How can we help each
other build the world we both will live in?” Everyone gives as much as they receive.
We need each other.
Networks are stronger than individuals. People helping each other reweave communities
of support, strength & trust. Community is built upon sinking roots, building trust, creating
networks. Special relationships are built on commitment.
Every human being matters.
Respect underlies freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and everything we value.
Respect supplies the heart and soul of democracy. When respect is denied to anyone, we
all are injured. We must respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they
will be at some future point.