Lou. Time Bank promotes community involvement, respect


by Brittany Gonzalez


Posted on January 15, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 5:48 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The concept is simple: volunteer your time and get the same time bank in the form of credit. The Louisville Time Bank celebrated its second birthday recently and success has come in a big way. The organization promotes community involvement and respect.

It is being featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Louisville’s Time Bank has more than 300 members who exchange more than 500 hours a month. Jessie Whitish planned a wedding with the help of Time Bank and its members, saving around $8,000.

Whitish said everything from the flowers to hanging decorations to cleaning up after the wedding was done with the help of Time Bank members. In total Whitish estimates more than 100 volunteered hours went into her special day.

In exchange for the help with her wedding Whitish performs what she calls simple tasks, including, painting, dog sitting, resume reviews and cooking for potluck events.

Beth Thorpe, communications manager for Time Bank, said anyone can sign up to join Time Bank.

“Everyone has something to bring to the table,” Thorpe said. 

She said while Time Bank is about using skills and talents to help others save money it is also about building a stronger sense of community.

Thorpe and Whitish both said it is a real treat to have their organization in the national spotlight.  For more information on joining Time Bank click here.