The Penn Timebank’s core values, based on the original four values conceived by the “time banking mamas”, a group of women that started Grace Hill Settlement in Saint Louis, MO, with a fifth added by Dr. Edgar Cahn:

Assets – We are all assets

We all have something to give, and enrich both ourselves and others by the act of giving.

Redefining Work – Some work is beyond price

Work has to be redefined to value whatever it takes to revitalize neighborhoods, make democracy work, advance social justice, raise healthy children, and make the planet sustainable. That kind of work needs to be honored, recorded and rewarded.

Reciprocity – Helping is a two-way street

Rather than the traditional roles of “provider” and “consumer,” we ask “How can we help each other build the world we both want to live in?”

Social Networks – We need each other

Networks are stronger than individuals, and people helping each other reweave communities of support, strength & trust. Community is our safety net.

Respect – Every human being matters

We must respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they will be at some future point.


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