To log in to the online timebank system, please visit hourworld.org.
Doña Ana Communities United began its timebank, Doña Ana hOurTime, in early 2016. The timebank is a community network that helps members exchange free services with one another. For example, a member who enjoys gardening might spend one hour of their time helping another member pull weeds. Then they can redeem that hour for an hour of service from any timebank member. Our online system lists all offers and requests, keeps track of how many hours you have earned and spent, and allows you to contact other members for their services.
A wide variety of services are offered in the timebank, including providing transportation, light home cleaning or repairs, organizing, computer assistance, a walking buddy, editing someone's resume, teaching a skill such as knitting or playing the guitar, or even translating documents from another language. The possibilities are endless.
Research shows timebanks can build social cohesion, decrease loneliness, and have positive impacts on health. They are also a way for us to gain experience with an alternative economic model that values everyone’s time equally and recognizes we all have something to offer.
The timebank model is based on these five values:
Assets: We are all assets. We all have something to give.
Redefining work: Equal value for all work.
Reciprocity: Helping works better as a two-way street.
Social networks: People are stronger when connected to a network.
Respect: Every human being matters.
How do I join?
Becoming a member is easy and fun! Simply attend an orientation where you'll learn more about timebanking, meet new people, and get signed up. It is completely free. Check the events page for information on the next orientation.