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Stephanie’s Blurb: Welcome

Welcome to TimeBanks USA’s Summer Newsletter! We are excited to bring you updates and information about the 2014 Global Exchange Gathering in Rhode Island at the end of July, as well as TimeBanks in general throughout the summer.

My name is Stephanie. This summer I am an Administrative-Program Intern for TimeBanks USA. I am excited about becoming a part of the international TimeBanking movement. I was recently able to go to Bread for the City Time Bank and Disco Soup’s event held in Washington, DC. The organization Say No To Food Waste has a great
video of the event
. It was such a great way to get a taste of how timebanking works, and the community that it builds and invigorates. I met so many people with different interests and talents. Everyone was open, welcoming, and willing to share their thoughts and experiences.

Through this newsletter and more, I hope to better connect with the world of timebanking, and help in any way that I can.

-Stephanie E.

If there is anything that you, or someone you know, would like to share
with the rest of the timebanking community, please let me know at!
We also welcome anyone who would like to write a piece for the


The 2014 Global Exchange Gathering in Rhode Island, hosted by the New Hope Time Exchange is quickly approaching! It will be an opportunity to connect with people around who believe in community building. Come learn about timebanking, transition towns, complementary currencies, and cooperative practices. The Global Exchange Gathering will be held from July 31 – August 3, 2014. For more information and to register, click here.

TimeBanking in the News

The Brattleboro Time Trade, a timebank in Brattleboro, Vermont, was recently featured in an article on Yahoo! Shine! For someone relatively new to timebanking, it was a great way to see the many different types of services, and how they were exchanged. Looking to the future, I can only believe that timebanking will continue to grow and evolve.

A Special Thank You

On Friday, June 13th, 2014, doctor and philanthropist Richard Rockefeller died in a tragic plane crash near West Chester County Airport in New York. Mr. Rockefeller was instrumental in supporting the timebanking initiative beginning in the 1990s through generous donations of time and funds. In 1997, he hosted a conference that gave new life to timebanking. He dedicated much of his time to bringing timebanking to the state of Maine, and established the first statewide timebanking network. Mr. Rockefeller was also a member of the TimeBanks board, and was responsible for finding and funding Kent Gordon, the specialist who developed Time Keeper, one of
the early timebanking softwares. To read a great article in the 
Portland Press Heraldon him and see a photo, please click here.

TimeBanks USA would like to extend their condolences to the Rockefeller family, and ask that we all take a moment to remember his great work.

Philosophies of Timebanking

As many of you will know, there are core values that drive the success of TimeBanks. Keeping in mind these values allows members to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of their TimeBank exchanges. Watch the awesome Long Beach timebanking video to see these core values in action. They are:

  1. Assets:We all have something to give.

  2. Redefining Work:Building community is real, valuable work.

  3. Reciprocity:Helping works better as a two-way street.

  4. Social Networks:People joined in shared purpose are stronger than individuals.

  5. Respect:Every human being matters.

To find a TimeBank near you, please visit our Directory.

Thank you! – To further explore the world of TimeBanking, feel free to check out our Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Channel, and e-Magazine!

If you are interested in contributing to the TimeBanking Movement, please click here.

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