FAQ’s

What IS an Hour Exchange? What IS Time Banking?
An Hour Exchange and Time Banking are just two different terms for the same idea. The idea is… “a member provides a service to another member. And it’s a lot like volunteering, but, in return, they earn one time dollar, which is not a piece of paper. People write it down, but eventually they enter it into a computer program. And the time dollar they earn, they can then spend on the service of another member who’s in the whole time banking system. A time dollar is an hour. So, an hour earns you a time dollar, no matter what the service, so that right away is a radical departure from the formal economy, where different services are worth different things, depending on scarcity and supply and demand. In this case, in a community, everybody’s time is equal. So, economists, for that reason, often find this completely foolhardy and incomprehensible. And, fortunately, so does the IRS, because that is considered a noncommercial transaction, and therefore nontaxable.” ~RICHARD ROCKEFELLER, founder, Hour Exchange Portland

How much does it cost to be a member?
Nada! Membership is absolutely free!

What services can I get?
Anything! Everything! …that is anything and everything that our members offer. So, if there is a service that you need, but there’s not a member that offers it, find a person that offers it and tell them about our group. Invite them to join!

Who can join?
Anyone! Everyone!

How do I keep track of my hours?
With this amazing, free software. Hours are submitted and tracked online… kind of like a bank account.

What services are offered?

The list is constantly growing as new members join and add their talents.  Here is a list of our current offers.

What if I’m not satisfied with the service offered?  Example:  I didn’t like my haircut.
What would you do if you paid cash for that haircut?  Same thing.  Talk to the provider. Express your opinion, work out a solution.  Treat the situation the same as you would in the cash economy.  You are also able to leave feedback for each exchange you receive.

2 thoughts on “FAQ’s

  1. I think that it would be helpful, when considering joining, to see what kinds of services are available: what kind of community I’m joining. I would be more likely to join if I saw some services that I could make use of and can offer other things; for example, I wouldn’t want to join only to find out that most of the services are for babysitting, horse care or tattooing- none of which I can make use of! Thanks!

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