About the Cville TimeBank

Our Vision:
We envision an integrated community in which individuals invest in each other’s well being through reciprocity, exchanging time and service.
Our Mission:
Cville Timebank is designed to nurture, inspire, and motivate a network of neighbors to come together to create a caring and sharing community. 
What it is:
Cville TimeBank (CTB) is an organized exchange system through which members earn Time Dollars for time spent helping other members. One hour of service earns one Time Dollar. Members can “buy” hours of service they want or need with Time Dollars.  Everyone’s time and service are valued equally. Cville TimeBank keeps track of service offers, requests, exchanges and Time Dollars through an online database called Time and Talents, a software platform developed and maintained by hOurworld.org

History:

The Cville TimeBank was formed as a group project of Charlottesville’s Neighborhood Leadership Institute class of 2012.  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 NLI team members formed the first  “Kitchen Cabinet”, 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 welcomed several times a month during orientation sessions. Click over to our membership page for information on the next orientation session, and we hope to see you there!  Our membership topped 300 in 2016, and we’re growing steadily.  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.