Friday, April 6, 2007

The Middlebury Time Bank Has Launched!

Less than a day after opening the Middlebury Time Bank already has twelve members offering a variety of services! Want to join the bank? See sign-up directions below. Did you miss the Addison Independent article?

Almost 30 excited community members showed up to our informational meeting on 4/5 to learn about time banking, while enjoying some homemade brownies and other refreshments thanks to Susan and Sue. Coordinators Melissa Stiebert and Emily Gowen from Burlington’s Old North End Time Bank explained the possibilities of time banking, and showed a short film clip about the success of the Maine Time Banks organization.

I was very excited about both the diversity and enthusiasm of the crowd. Thank you all for coming! A number of people stayed to join at the end of the meeting. If you missed the meeting but would like to join, see the instructions in the post below. Questions? Email us at

Have an idea for the Time Bank? The time bank is a tool for the community, so let’s hear how you’d like to see it used! I encourage anyone with ideas to leave comments on the blog. If you're already a member, help spread the word. And take the time to post all you can on your time bank profile! Let everyone how many skills this community has to offer.
For those of you interested in helping the time bank out, we will be posting volunteer tasks on the blog soon. Keep checking for updates!

Join the Middlebury Time Bank!

1: Go to

2: Scroll down to the Middlebury Time Bank, and click ‘Join’

3: Enter your name, email address and password.
Remember your password so you can sign back in!!!!!!!!!!!!

4: You will be sent an email asking you to verify your address. Follow the email directions.

5: At this point your application will be pending. Before we activate you we ask that you send a $5 check made out to cash to 35 Green Mountain Place, Middlebury, VT 05753. Once we receive your check you will be activated. The turnaround should be no longer than a few days.

Thanks! Let us know if you have any trouble:

Questions about joining the Time Bank:

Why the sign up fee? And what if I can't afford it?

While the Middlebury Time Bank is a grassroots, member run organization, we do have to pay an annual fee for the use of time banking software. If you cannot afford this fee, just let us know! Everyone can join the time bank!

How do I use the site once I’ve signed up?

For some brief instructions click here. If you ever get stuck just send your coordinator a question at

What if I (or someone I know) doesn’t normally have computer access?

The Ilsley Public Library has many public computers available which people can use to search and utilize the Time Bank website. Instructions for using the site and for joining the bank can be found in the library’s community information section on the first floor.

What if I (or someone I know) doesn’t even have access to public computer services? Can I still be part of the bank?

Yes, you can still be a part of the Time Bank! We have a buddy system set-up to give access to those members of the community who do not or cannot use the Internet. If you know someone in this situation who is interested in joining, please email to get a list of those who are willing to act as a liaison for them and Time Bank. These 'buddies' will search the site for you and help you make connections. If you are interested in being a buddy, let us know!

Types of services offered

Here are some examples of services that could be offered within the time bank. This is how the service offers and requests are categorized on the online banking system.

Help at Home

  • Child Care
  • Cooking & Sewing
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Housekeeping/Chores
  • Pet Care
  • Respite Care
  • Miscellaneous

Community Activities

  • Clean Up/Recycling
  • Community Service
  • Fundraising
  • Special Projects
  • Work for Social Change


  • Complementary Therapies
  • Counseling
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Fitness & Exercise
  • Medical Services
  • Yoga/Meditation

Arts, Crafts, & Music

  • Classes
  • Crafts
  • Entertainment
  • Lessons
  • Photo & Video
  • Theater

Home Repair

  • Car Care
  • Carpentry/Construction
  • Electrical
  • Garden & Yard Work
  • Painting
  • Plumbing


  • Errands
  • Local
  • Long Distance
  • Medical
  • Train/Bus/Airport
  • Worship
  • Miscellaneous


  • Clubs
  • Dining Out
  • Email/IM
  • Home Visits
  • Medical Errands
  • Telephone Calls


  • Books & Videos
  • Dancing
  • Events
  • Games
  • Sports
  • Travel


  • Advocacy
  • Classes/Workshops
  • Computers/Technology
  • Languages/Translation
  • Personal Finances
  • Tutoring/Mentoring

Business Services

  • Clerical
  • Computer Support
  • Financial
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Odd Jobs

Core Values of Time Banking

Time Banks exist to promote exchanges that honor five core values.


We are all assets.

Every human being has something to contribute.

Redefining Work

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?”

Social Networks

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.