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Our Values


Hour Nevada County is an hour exchange based on the equality of time, empowering individuals to utilize their assets and enhance their lives, neighborhood and community.


Hour Nevada County and other TimeBanks around the world embrace the following 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, and the fifth added by America's TimeBank creator, Dr. Edgar Cahn):



Assets: We are all assets. Every human being has something of value to contribute.


Equality: At the heart of every exchange is equality. An hour is an hour, regardless of the service. All people are valued equally.


Reciprocity: Helping works better as 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?"


Redefining Work: Work is beyond price. Work must be redefined to include all of the activities it takes to sustain families, neighborhoods and communities, to help democracy work and to advance social justice. This kind of work needs to be honored.


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


  hOurworld: 28,368 MEMBERS / 1,349,384 HOURS EXCHANGED 

TimeBanks have been established in 34 countries with at least 300 Time Banks established in 40 US states and 300 throughout the United Kingdom. TimeBanks also have a significant presence in Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Senegal, Argentina, Israel, Greece, and Spain.

TimeBanks have been used to reduce recidivism rates with diversionary programs for first-time juvenile offenders; facilitate re-entry for ex-convicts; deliver health care, job training and social services in public housing complexes; facilitate substance abuse recovery; prevent institutionalization of severely disabled children through parental support networks; provide transportation for homebound seniors in rural areas; deliver elder care, community health services and hospice care; and foster women's rights initiatives in Senegal.

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