The Better Alamance Time Bank seeks to bring Elon University and Alamance County together through a shared community in which users acquire time currency through trading experiences and services.
Timebanking is a kind of money — a form of community currency. Members share their talents and services, record their hours, then “spend” them later on services they want. Everyone’s hours are equal. There is no barter. These are friendly, neighborly favors.
So, who are we? The Better Alamance Timebank was founded in April 2017 by a group of Sophomores at Elon University in their class “Building Better Communities with Civic Technology”.
Why Use a Timebank?
What Inspired Us
As we learned various topics dealing with civil engagement in our Building Better Communities class, we were able to identify problems within our own community in Alamance. We noticed that Elon University students and the greater Alamance community not always interacted. There has been common debate on Elon University’s campus as to what the best way to narrow the gap between Elon students and the surrounding community. Due to our increasing knowledge in civil technology, we came across the idea of time banking. Technology seemed as the best way to connect Elon students and Alamance community members.
As a class, we all found passion in using technology to increase civic engagement in Alamance County. The diversity of interests and passions in our group has made it much more interesting in taking on this project.