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West Seattle Timebank

Terms of Service

TimeBanks USA Terms of Service

TimeBanking is designed to encourage connections between community members on the basis that everyone has something to give and everyone has needs. TimeBank members commit to "give and receive" using Time Credits earned and spent. The "golden rule" of TimeBanking is this: An hour of my time is equal to an hour of your time. One hour of service given earns one time credit. For one hour of service received, pay one time credit.

A commitment to the core values helps people to get into the spirit of TimeBanking and helps keep that spirit alive.

  1. Assets: Everyone has something to offer;
  2. Redefining Work: Building home, family and community is valued work;
  3. Reciprocity: Encouraging givers to receive – and receivers to give – builds trust and resiliency and sharing;
  4. Community: We are stronger together;
  5. Respect: Respect is the root of equality.

I understand that the function of West Seattle Timebank is to facilitate the exchange of services within the community in the spirit of the core values of TimeBanking. It is my responsibility to use the same caution I would in other circumstances to get to know a person, make reference checks, and use my instincts before engaging with another TimeBank participant - especially for babysitting, elder care, and driving.

I understand that any agreements shall be made solely by and between parties involved in this transaction. TimeBanks USA and West Seattle Timebank will not be held responsible and will not assume any liability for claims, damages, or any other consequences which may arise from this arrangement.

I understand that TimeBanks USA and West Seattle Timebank shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by information contained on this web site or any other TimeBank resources. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless all parties who facilitate or participate in TimeBank exchanges.

I agree that this site is not to be used for buying and selling and trading in illegal goods and services.

This site provides information that may reveal aspects of members’ lives that they wish to keep private. For that reason, I pledge not to reveal any of the contents of this site that are associated with any members’ personal information.

I understand that I will receive messages from other members of my TimeBank through this web site. Notification of such messages will be sent to the email address I have registered with. I also understand that I will receive newsletters, broadcasts and alerts for my TimeBank from my Coordinator(s) through this web site.

I have read these guidelines and agreements and I agree to abide by these core values, rules, and guidelines provided by TimeBanks USA and West Seattle Timebank for proper and courteous behavior. I pledge to proceed with good intent towards being of service to others in my community and treat others in the TimeBank with respect and kindness.

Timebank Terms of Service - You must agree to complete your member application

Release of Liability & Membership Agreement

RELEASE OF LIABILITY & MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT for Individuals, Community Groups and Nonprofit Organizations
Please read the Release of Liability & Membership Agreement and Member Guidelines and click to agree to the terms listed below.

If you do not click agree, we cannot accept your application.

  1. I understand that the West Seattle Timebank (WSTB) will do a background check on all applicants and certify that the information provided on this form is accurate.
  2. I understand that, as a timebank, we offer neighborly services to each other. Members provide services to the best of their ability and do not guarantee their work. I understand that the WSTB is only a coordinating agency and cannot guarantee the performance of any member and is not responsible for the services provided.
  3. I understand that expenses for any materials used will be the responsibility of the recipient, and expenses are to be agreed upon before the service is provided.
  4. I agree to only exchange lawful services through the WSTB.
  5. I understand that the WSTB cannot be held responsible for any injury to persons or damage to property experienced while involved with the program. The applicant hereby agrees to hold the WSTB, as well as its employees and/or agents harmless from any and all claims or liabilities for any activities performed by a timebank member.
  6. I agree to take responsibility for any accident or injuries that I might suffer while on property owned or rented by any timebank member and waive any claim against that member.
  7. I assume complete responsibility for the supervision and safety of my family members, including children, and take responsibility for any damage or accident in which my family members may be involved.
  8. I understand that there will be immediate termination of membership of any member who harasses, harms, or interferes with any other timebank member or the WSTB organization.
  9. I agree to refer any complaints, concerns or any disagreements with another timebank member to the WSTB.
  10. I agree that if I use my personal vehicle in rendering transportation service through the timebank, I will, in accordance with Washington law, arrange to keep in effect legal automobile liability insurance covering bodily injury and property damage.
  11. I pledge not to reveal the password to or contents of the WSTB member database, and I will use reasonable care to protect the password.
  12. I give permission for photos/videos taken of me during WSTB activities to be used for publicity purposes, without recompense.
  13. I have read the terms and agree to be held to the standards expressed in the WSTB member guidelines.

Member Guidelines

  1. Understand the Timebank Goal: To Build a Non-Monetary Community of Support.
    Timebanking builds a community of support between individuals, families and neighborhoods. Exchanging services is a means of building sustainable communities in a modern, urban society.

  2. Using TimeBank’s Community Weaver:  Communicating with members through personal emails and phone numbers is best, but Community Weaver, our online website and messaging service, is available to those who wish to keep their contact information private.

  3. Accepting or Declining an Exchange:   When a member contacts you, be sure to respond to them even if you can’t perform the service.
    It’s OK to say no, but be sure to respond to them so they know to keep looking.

  4. Give Timely Responses:
    Members to respond to each other in less than 3 days, 5 days maximum.
    Please allow members enough advance notice for exchanges.

  5. TimeBanking should be Fun:
    Offers only services you enjoy doing.

  6. Be Respectful and Courteous:
    Be flexible in expectations of varying abilities. TimeBank does not replace the money economy, and is not meant to meet all needs.

  7. Clear Communication is Vital:
    Be sure to negotiate terms of exchange beforehand. Be clear about your skill level and the amount of time it will take. Be sure you both have the same understanding before the service is provided. Discuss the number of hours and who will log in to credit the hours.

  8. Monetary Expenses for Materials and Supplies:
    They are the responsibility of the recipient. Both parties should discuss expenses before the exchange so no one is surprised.

  9. Recording an Exchange:
    The service provider rounds up to the nearest quarter hour including transportation time in the total. The recipient generally posts the hours, unless both parties agree otherwise.

  10. Confidentiality:
    Please don’t share confidential information with anyone. If there’s a reason to believe that a member’s situation may negatively impact other members, please notify a Timebank coordinator.

  11. Begin Right Away:
    Each new member receives 1 hour credit for a completed profile.   Get another hour for uploading your photo! Do not be afraid if there is Timebank "debt."  Just keep exchanges flowing.  Timebank member nonprofits also offer hour credits.

  12. Attend Timebank events:
    Our potlucks are a good way to meet fellow members and build relationships.

  13. Contact a Coordinator if you Experience any Difficulties with:
  14. TimeBank’s computer system
  15. Members who do not return calls or respond to emails
  16. Not enough or too many requests
  17. You believe another member's practices are inappropriate
  18. You become unavailable or move.

Our community thrives on active involvement. Enjoy your Timebank!

Ongoing Use of the TimeBank:

  • Don't hesitate to offer and request. This is how sharing and relationships are built.
  • Please respond within 3-5 days to calls or email requests.
  • After you've determined that an exchange is appropriate, schedule a specific date and time.
  • After the exchange, log in to credit ALL hours via Timebank member website (Community Weaver)

Repeat again and again to help keep our community flourishing.