Guitar lessons. Computer help. Typing. Sewing on buttons. Cooking a spaghetti dinner. Walking a neighbor’s dog. Cleaning out a basement. These are just a few of the things members of the Lathrup Village Time Bank have done for one another.
The Lathrup Village Time Bank’s mission is “to nurture, inspire and motivate a network of neighbors to come together to create a caring and sharing community.” Members like being part of it because, says one, “Every time bank member’s time is valued equally — you trade an hour for an hour.” “It’s fun and it’s cheap,” says another. “Plus,” says a mom, “my children are learning to contribute to community at a very young age.”
In this video, a union organizer, an industrial salesperson, a retiree, a student and other Lathrup Village Time Bankers describe how they’ve found ways to use people’s gifts and created a community of people helping each other.
- Time Banking: An Idea Whose Time Has Come? (by Edgar Cahn)
- About Time (by Clare Goff)
- For more on the Lathrup Village Time Bank, try their website and Time As Money (by Susan Olasky)
- For an introduction to what time banks are and how they work, try