History of MI Alliance of TimeBanks
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, which was attended by 12 people. From there, sprang the Lathrup Village TimeBank, an organization that has since grown to over 115 members having exchanged over 3750 hours since its inception. See www.lathrupvillagetimebank.org for more info about the Lathrup Village organization, 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 the Lathrup Village group, whose membership was open to only Lathrup Village residents. Lathrup Village TimeBank won the Michigan Municipal League’s 2009 Statewide Community Excellence Award (see http://www.mml.org/resources/awards/index.html) and interest spread as a way for communities to help residents during the currently economically challenging times. 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, which was incorporated in May 2009. The Executive Board was built, and mission and vision statements were created as the organization began to spread its wings and the word about how the TimeBank concept could be used to deal with many of the challenges throughout the state.