timeBanking/Lamoni (tB/L) is located in Lamoni, Iowa, and is affiliated with hOurworld which is one of two time banking organizations in the United States with 44,090 members serving 527 communities and posting over 2,399,618 hours of service. tB/L is made up of people from all over the community who want to offer their skills and services to others in exchange for others helping them.
Over 514 time exchanges exist nationwide within the hOurworld network – and over 44,000 members share their expertise. Local memberships range from a few dozen to several thousand. Models vary, but all time banks rely on the collective power of members who deposit and withdraw hours from a central account. Time banks help cities, towns, and neighborhoods build mutually beneficial relationships, recognize and reward civic engagement, and encourage the development of a caring community of people.
Time banking uses time-based currency: when a member gives one hour of service to another member that member receives one Time Dollar credit. Members use their credits in turn to receive services — or can donate them to others. Unlike money, where some work is valued highly and other work is given little value, an hour of service is always one-time credit regardless of the nature of the service performed.
timeBanking/Lamoni is a pay-it-forward system to strengthen our community and the people who live in it. It's that simple. Yet it also has profound effects. Members get to know neighbors and build an old-fashioned extended family of people who take care of each other.
timeBanking/Lamoni members form a bond of relationships through helping each other as persons, groups, associations and organizations and building trust and a sense of community through projects and events - making transformational change in the lives of those who participate.
timeBanking/Lamoni connects members to the best in people because it creates a system that connects unmet needs with untapped resources. It provides ways for us all to contribute and benefit, and helps to reweave our communities. It is a tool to help us recognize the gifts and the needs of ourselves and our own neighborhoods.
timeBanking/Lamoni brings out the best in people and establishes a community of people who support each other - a true community of caring.
timeBanking/Lamoni invites you to join this effort and share your talents.