T.I.ME was launched in 2008 as a community exchange system for individuals and groups in Maine to gather resources, seek abundance in community, and improve the quality of life for its members. As members, we strive to follow the core values of timebanking:
ASSETS: Everyone has something of value to contribute.
REDEFINING WORK: Some work is beyond price.
RECIPROCITY: Encouraging givers to receive, and receivers to give, weaves the social fabric of community.
SOCIAL NETWORKS: We are stronger together.
RESPECT: Respect flows from reciprocity and is the root of equality.
"Neighbors helping neighbors" is a core pursuit of T.I.ME. We encourage all generations, backgrounds and as much diversity as possible. Anyone and everyone can benefit from membership. Exchanges between individuals may grow to group efforts, to community projects, to models of social change, and to global transformation. It all starts with You and I.
Any organized or informal group may join the Time Initiative of Maine. This includes unnamed groups, clubs, churches, non-profits, businesses, social and governmental agencies and educational institutions of all types. Services are exchanged between other groups and individuals. All exchanges are credited and debited to the group and are non-compensatory. If you think your group might benefit from timebanking, contact Stacey at: email@example.com
No Ifs, Ands, or Buts in Timebanking
Barter says, “I’ll do this for you if you do this for me.”
Barter says, “I’ll do this for you and you owe me.”
Charity says, “I’ll do this for you but I don’t need you in return.”
Timebanking says, “I’ll do this for you. Please pay it forward.”
Money market says, “I’ll pay you if you forget compassion and become my slave.”
Nonprofit says, “We love you and wish we could help you. There’s just not enough money.”
Bigotry says, “I might throw you a crumb but I won’t let you sit at the table because I’m better than you.”
Timebanking says, “We are all assets. We are equally important.”
Timebanking says, “If there’s not enough money, make some. We invented it and we can change it.”
Please visit these links for more information:
Like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/TimeInitiativeOfME
https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/time4maine -- Online Orientations, Resources, Free Conferencing Service for Members
http://timebanks.org -- in-depth research, international collaboration
http://community-currency.info/en/timebank-knowledge-commons/ -- Diving Deeper into Timebanking