The New Wealth of Time: How Timebanking Helps People Build Better Public Services

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“Our public services remain largely focused on addressing needs once they have emerged. In essence, over the last 10 years due to increased funding in public service we have improved our capacity to ‘pull people out of the river’. This money has improved the lives of many people, but as financial resources are squeezed it becomes vital that we stop …

Grace Hill’s MORE: Neighbors Helping Neighbors (February 2008)

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“While the professional services provided by public and nonprofit agencies are important, they are neither a sufficient nor ideal way to meet all the needs of residents in low-income communities. The reach of these agencies is limited, both by the available revenue and because they are crisis- and deficit-oriented, so that people generally delay turning to them until problems have …

Giving and Receiving in the Nonmonetary Economy: Time Banks

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“Time Banks USA sees time banking as a vehicle for social change. First, the initiative redefines the value of individuals and the work they do, with all services valued at the same rate. Second, time banking fosters reciprocity. Third, it builds social capital through relationships, trust, and support networks. Fourth, it enables a broad spectrum of people to meet. According …

Member Organized Resource Exchange: A Guide to Replication

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In 1997, Lois Wright undertook the task of documenting the history, model and practice of a program at Grace Hill Settlement House named “Member Organized Resource Exchange (MORE)”.  While Grace Hill had been operating human service and self sufficiency programs in St. Louis since the early 20th century, MORE represented a shift towards incorporating deep residential participation into its service …