Welcome to the temporary Roanoke Valley TimeBank webpage! Our permanent website is currently under construction, but on this page you'll find links to lots of information about what TimeBanks are, how they work, and what they can do for you and your community.
If you would like more information about the Roanoke Valley TimeBank, or want a personal invitation to one of our free membership events, please complete the form at the bottom of this page and someone will contact you to answer any questions that you might have.
Thank you for your patience as we complete our site.
Paul Thompson Membership Coordinator
Roanoke Valley TimeBank 4504 Starkey Road, S.W. Suite 120 Roanoke, VA 24018
"It takes a village to raise a child, but what does it take to raise a village?"
Edgar Cahn Founder, TimeBanks USA
The Roanoke Valley is finally joining the national network of community TimeBanks.
It's About Time Roanoke!
What Is a TimeBank?
A TimeBank is a community of people who sup- port each other. When you spend an hour to do something for an individual or group, you earn a Time Dollar. Then you can use that Time Dollar to buy an hour of any other neighbor's time or engage in a group activity offered by a neighbor. Take a look at the Circle of Caring diagram here to see some examples.
It's that simple. Yet it also has profound effects. You get to know your neighbors and build an old- fashioned extended family of people who take care of each other. TimeBanks are limited only by the imagination of their members, so they reflect the unique needs and aspirations of their own communities.
Why a TimeBank?
With Time Banking, you will be working with a group of individuals who are joined together for the common good. It brings out the best in peo- ple, because Time Banking is a system that con- nects unmet needs with untapped resources. In that simple way, Time Banking changes the world. It may be through a single exchange be- tween two friends. Or it might be by changing the dynamics of human service agencies and non- profits that serve thousands and even millions of people over time.
There are hundreds of TimeBanks across America and around the world. Click here to visit a TimeBank in Wisconsin. Click here to visit another TimeBank in Ohio.
Time Banking is Coming to the Roanoke Valley!
Reaching Out to New Members In the coming weeks, we'll be publicizing potluck suppers and other entertaining events across the community to explain how Time Banking can help individuals and organizations. Everyone who helps out will earn Time Dollars.
Launching Our TimeBank Within 60 days, we expect to have at least 50 members. That will give us enough people to begin trading services with each other. Every new member will receive spendable Time Dollars just for joining.
Building the TimeBank over Time As the TimeBank grows, members will be encouraged to guide its future by helping to plan future events, activities, and goals. The more individuals and organizations that join the RVTB, the more services members will have available to them, as well as to their families and neighborhoods.
Check out these short videos about TimeBanks in America and England. The one to the right was made by a member of a TimeBank in Michigan, who earned Time Dollars for his effort. The video below, left is a public television piece about a TimeBank in Vermont, while the video to its right is about a TimeBank operating out of a doctor's office in England.