Arizona Action Association’s December, 2014 newsletter:
City of Phoenix Establishes Time Bank
Allowing Residents to Age in Place
The Greater Phoenix region expects more than 700,000 residents will be over the age of 65 by the year 2020. Research indicates this population wishes to age in their own homes. The City of Phoenix Human Services Department (an ACAA CAP Agency) conducted an outreach campaign in 2013 asking community members to partner with the city to develop new strategies to meet the needs of seniors. Through collaboration with All Saints Episcopal Church (ASEC) and other partners the concept of combining the Village and Time Bank models was developed and named Central Village.
The Village movement focuses on helping people remain in their homes through services provided by paid staff leading to significant membership fees. The Time Banking movement allows for neighbors to exchange services amongst themselves – an hour of service provided to an individual or group earns a Time Credit for an hour of service from someone else. Time Banks are typically administered by members who earn Time Credits for their services. Moreover, they create a social network of enhanced trust and caring. Combining these two models allows for persons of all ages to interact within their community and provide services to one another without the direct interaction a social service agency.
There are three main components of Central Village: Time Banking, Community Connections (socialization/education activities) and Information and Referral services. The development of Central Village as a hybrid of the Village and Time Banking movements allows for the community to define their own needs and take action to meet those needs both individually and collectively. It allows the city to provide technical assistance resources rather than direct services, empowering the community to develop local solutions with previously untapped resources.
As part of the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Age-Friendly Network and the Community AGEnda Initiative, Central Village and COP have received both national and regional attention. This initiative was highlighted at the 2013 Grantmakers in Aging National Conference and was a contributing factor in the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Age-Friendly Network’s winning the Desert Peaks award for their Public-Private Partnership in 2014.
Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network
Phoenix non-profit Central Village launches ‘time bank’
Instead of paying somebody to do your landscaping, would you consider trading your time by serving as a baby-sitter?
Or maybe somebody changes your motor oil in exchange for you cleaning a pool.
A Phoenix non-profit has launched a service that allows community members to do just that — trade skills and services without money exchanging hands.
The concept is called a time bank, and organizers have launched more than 200 such organized systems across the nation.
Non-profit Central Village opened the first one in the Phoenix area, organizers said.
“Everybody has something that they can offer, and that’s really what created Central Village,” said Pit Lucking, the group’s executive director. “That’s the glue that holds us together.”
Here’s how it works: Members can log on to the time-bank system to track their spending and earning. They make requests and respond to calls for services, which can include anything from watering plants to driving someone to the airport, Lucking said.
Time has the same value for each member. The more hours they spend doing services, the more credit they earn. They can then spend that credit on services for themselves.
Friends also can “loan” credits to one another.
Central Village members must fill out an application, attend an orientation and pass a background check to qualify. The membership fee is $60 per person per year or $90 per couple per year.
Organizers launched Central Village, which has members within a three-mile radius of Central and Missouri avenues, in January. So far, it has about 35 members, but a spokeswoman said membership is growing.
It is funded by local and national grants and open to people 18 years or older.
Lucking said the time bank encourages community interaction, which is important for elderly and home-bound members.
“It’s just a way of bringing the community in a very helpful way,” Lucking said. “And it supports community health.”
CBS Morning News
On CBS Morning, October 19, 2014 senior news correspondent Rita Braver reported on the challenging picture of caring for older adults through interviews with a woman caring for her aging step father, former Senator Tom Daschle who leads the new Bipartisan Policy Center’s Long-Term Care Initiative, and New Yorker Magazine cartoonist and author Roz Chast (“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant” – a memoir about caring for her aging parents). It then highlights Beacon Hill Village and the Village model as a solution to the crisis.
Time Banking on Good Morning America
The Long Beach Time Exchange