Middlebury is working on starting a time bank this spring. In Burlington this fall Melissa Steibert from the Burlington Currency Project gathered a group of excited vontuneers to start a time bank in the Old North End. We plan to start more this year in other neighborhoods. The O.N.E. time bank, through our timebanks.org community website, already has 64 members who have exchanged 150 hours. Members have received and given child care, oil changes, transportation, computer repair, housecleaning, guitar lessons, and even marketing advice. There are endless possibilities for how time banking can enrich a neighborhood or town.
Everyone has skills they can contribute to a time bank, and everyone has services they would like to receive, even if they may be difficult to recognize. Have you ever wanted to learn how to make great homemade bread? Have voice lessons or language lessons? Get a professional massage? There are many services we would like to receive in our lives that we never consider because of their monetary cost. With Time Banking you can receive those without having to save extra money- just by helping out a neighbor for a few hours doing something you enjoy.