Increasing efficiency, opportunity, and resource sharing through mutually beneficial exchange -

 Building community ties and self-sufficiency for individuals and organizations in Dane County.

The Dane County TimeBank (DCTB), established in 2005, is a network of over 2500 individuals and organizations who exchange services and skills to build community, build capacity, and come together to help each other to build a better world. In timebanking, everyone's contribution is valued equally - one hour equals one hour no matter who you are or what you do. Services exchanged help to fill resource gaps in the community, matching unmet needs with unused resources. Anyone can join the TimeBank to offer skills or services - and receive services in exchange.

TimeBank members help each other and receive credits for their service. Anyone who helps another member earns one TimeBank Hour for each hour of help given, which they can then spend on an hour of service from anyone else in the network. For example; Mary helps John with a computer problem, John then gives Kris a guitar lesson, who teaches Spanish to Dan, who does some yard work for Jean, who tutors Ray for his math class, who gives Mary a ride to the doctor.

Timebanking is a way to value the work we do for others in our community and the work we do in building that community. We each have talents and skills that someone else values. By sharing them, we can create community one hour at a time. As TimeBank founder Edgar Cahn states, "We have what we need if we use what we have."

The Dane County TimeBank has become a valuable tool to build programs that help solve challenges identified by the community - collaborating with community partners Dane County Human Services, Madison School District, and other supporters and participants to connect unmet needs with unused resources. Our PROJECTS provide meaningful ways for members to tap into to the network and offer needed skills and services.

In addition to our local efforts, Time for the World is a project of the Dane County TimeBank working to build a world-wide cooperative network – Mutual Aid Networks – connecting timebanking with other cooperative practice to spread a generative community economy.

A non-profit 501(c)3, the Dane County TimeBank is funded entirely by grants, public and private donations.
All donations are tax deductible.

To mail your contribution or to become a sustainer at a higher level:
Dane County TimeBank
1202 Williamson St. Suite 107
Madison, WI 53703

(608) 663-0400