The Michigan Alliance of TimeBanks is an umbrella organization linking and supporting TimeBanks across the state. We help individuals, organizations and communities establish and run TimeBanks.
Time Banks & Our Beginnings
Our journey for time banking began with our neighbors and friends who continue to contribute every day.
As the Michigan Alliance of TimeBanks, we envision sustainable communities across the state of Michigan that are attractive, vibrant places to live because of the strength of their social networks, and their ability to match unmet community needs with untapped community resources. Ultimately, TimeBanks create communities where people want to live, and TimeBanks add both intrinsic and monetary value to the communities where they exist.
How we help individuals and organizations create TimeBanks:
- Educational materials introducing TimeBanking and how to use TimeBank software
- Tutorials for individuals and groups seeking to set up a TimeBank
- A website where people can access resources and connect to other TimeBank enthusiasts
- Moderated discussion groups
- Promotion of best practice and quality standards
- Shared publicity and media resources and
- Fostering TimeBanking strategic alliances.
TimeBanks exist to promote exchanges that honor five core values.
Assets – We are all assets
Every human being has something to contribute.
Redefining Work – Some work is beyond price
Work has to be redefined to value whatever it takes to raise healthy children, build strong families, revitalize neighborhoods, make democracy work, advance social justice, make the planet sustainable. That kind of work needs to be honored, recorded and rewarded.
Reciprocity – Helping works better as a two-way street
Social Networks – We need each other
Respect – Every human being matters
Respect underlies freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and everything we value. Respect supplies the heart and soul of democracy. When respect is denied to anyone, we all are injured. We must respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they will be at some future point.
Kim Hodge read about TimeBanking in the Detroit Free Press in September 2007 and realized it was a tool she could use to get to know her neighbors. She researched the concept, found TimeBanks USA, bought their Start Up Kit and took it to her neighborhood Homeowners Association’s annual meeting in January 2008. About 20 people said they were interested in learning more, so Kim hosted a potluck meeting at her home the next week. From there, sprang the Lathrup Village TimeBank, one of the first community TimeBanks in Michigan.
When the organization began receiving kudos and stories in local newspapers, residents from other communities wanted to join a TimeBank. Lathrup Village TimeBank Coordinators Kim Hodge and Richard Reeves wanted to find a way to spread the concept of TimeBanking to those who were outside their neighborhood, so they founded the MI Alliance of TimeBanks in May 2009.
Since then the MI Alliance of TimeBanks has helped to start and support several TimeBanks throughout Michigan, as well as introduce more communities and organizations to the core values of TimeBanking.
Reasons for people’s interest in TimeBanks has shifted over the years from initial interest in filling financial gaps during the Great Recession to fighting isolation and political divisiveness to supporting those in need during the pandemic to addressing climate change emergencies to providing mutual aid amongst marginalized communities. Regardless of people’s initial interests, TimeBanks create communities that are more resilient to the challenges of our time.
Nancy Chinn, Treasurer
Ruth Wilson, President
Ruth Wilson is a Madison Heights resident who was born in Detroit and spent many years in Royal Oak. She has worked in non profit healthcare and child development providing sales coaching and software training. Ruth currently provides life coaching to promote health, relaxation, and well being through intuition, hypnosis and meditation and volunteers as a prayer chaplain in a non-denominational church.
Ruth believes the current world environment is not well suited to most people’s basic needs for health and well being. One of the biggest unmet needs is community and connection among diverse people. She supports time banks as a way of fostering such connections.
Jennie Weakley, Vice President
Jennie is the deputy director at Bridging Communities, a Detroit-based community development organization where she’s been since 2010. She is the proud parent of a teenager who is preparing for the adventures of life after high school, and credits the network of support she was able to build within her local TimeBank for the parental successes she’s had. She was an organizer with the Unity in Our Community TimeBank for over a decade, and has served on the board of the MI Alliance of TimeBanks in several capacities over the years. Although she is currently residing in Dearborn, she was a long-time Detroiter and plans to return one day because of her love for the city and its people. Jennie has a love for grassroots organizing, encouraging equity, challenging systems to promote change, and building relationships wherever she can. As a former youth worker she also believes in life-long mentoring, and continues to guide young minds through meaningful and lasting relationships
Marwah Ayache, Secretary
Join Our Board!
MI Alliance of TimeBanks is looking for new Board members!
The MI Alliance of TimeBanks has a small Board of Directors that currently meets every other month (January, March, May, etc)
Our small, grassroots organization is looking for new folks with a variety of backgrounds and talents to join our dynamic Board. If you fit one or more of the categories below we would love to talk to you about this opportunity to be more involved in our community. To better reflect our community and do better work we are looking for people
- under the age of 30
- living/working in rural communities
- living with disability or acting as a caregiver for a person with disabilities
- living/working in Hamtramck or Pontiac
- with a storytelling/communications background
- active in the arts community
- with fundraising skills/passion
- with experience creating professional development curriculum
- with experience helping organizations with Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives
- with legal experience
- of all genders
About the Board of Directors
The MI Alliance of TimeBanks has a small Board of Directors that currently meets every month (January, March, May, etc) on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. At these Board meetings we review active programming, set budgets, provide guidance to staff, and review the work of Teams/Committees.
The current Teams for the organization are New TimeBank Support, Outreach, Connections Between TimeBanks, Learning Circles, and Fundraising. All members of the Board are expected to be a member of a Team, but you can also join a Team without being a Board Member.
- Be informed about and aligned with the organization’s mission, goals, policies and services.
- Actively participate in all board meetings, discussions and events, paying careful attention to your duties of care, loyalty, obedience and confidentiality.
- Be well prepared for all board and committee meetings by reviewing the agenda and any supporting materials provided to you prior to the meeting.
- Be respectful and open to the potentially conflicting opinions and points-of-view of your fellow board members.
- Actively participate in fundraising activities.