The Cville TimeBank was formed as a group project of Charlottesville’s Neighborhood Leadership Institute class of 2012. We plotted and planned for weeks and weeks, and eventually came to the conclusion that, damn the torpedos…. let’s just DO this thing! We’d researched, debated, pondered and hypothesized nine ways to Sunday, and concluded that someone just needed to start this crazy thing — so start, we did!
The core group of organizers (also known as “the kitchen cabinet”) were NLI team members Maggie Stein, Katherine Freeman, Charles Childs and Kathy Kildea, and our hope was to build a sustainable TimeBank in Charlottesville. We had grand plans of uniting the community in this circle of giving and receiving, but we figured we’d be smart to start off with baby steps…. so the pilot project was born in June 2012. With a modest enrollment of 50 members, Cville TimeBank members started making hundreds of transactions — everything from dog-sitting to yoga lessons, portrait sitting to conversational Spanish — building friendships along the way!
In January 2013, we opened the Cville TimeBank to the community – and new members are welcome! Click over to our membership page for information on the next orientation session, and we hope to see you there! We have about 185 members at present, and we’re growing daily. More members, (especially active, engaged members) means that more services are available, more needs are met, and a stronger community is built! We have plans to include businesses and organizations as well, so please contact us if you’d like to know more about supporting the Cville TimeBank in this capacity.