In July of 2012, Communities for a Sustainable Monterey County (CSMC) screened the film ‘Fixing the Future”. It sparked a local effort to start a time bank and hOURbank was launched the following November. CSMC is the fiscal sponsor of hOURbank and our goal is to serve all the communities of Monterey County.
hOURbank is a system of reciprocal service exchange that uses units of time as currency. You give a service to earn time credits. Your time credits can be used to receive any of the services available in the network. The time credits are tracked through a social network software that is accessed on-line.
hOURbank develops networks of shared time throughout the Monterey County area to links individuals and organizations in new ways that facilitate a non-money-based exchange of resources and services.
hOURbank is about people helping people in a system where everyone’s skills are equally valued and where everyone benefits. What do you love to do? How can you share it with your fellow hOURbank members?
Here are just a few examples of services that might be available to members at any given time: